#BarruMembaca pop-up library to make reading fun again

With a splendid yellow unstable wooden racks, community-based pop-up library #BarruMembaca (Barru Reads) stood out on a immature grass of Fort Rotterdam during a Makassar International Writers Festival (MIWF) in Makassar, South Sulawesi. Young people, any holding during slightest one book, could been seen in front of it, lounging on a supposing wooden foldable runner and sitting cushions.

Speaking to The Jakarta Post on Thursday, #BarruMembaca initiator Anhar Dana “Dajju” Putra pronounced a transformation started in Jan 2016 following flourishing concerns of a really bad reading habits of a people of Barru regency, located around 100 kilometers from Makassar.

“We’re really endangered about investigate that found that teenagers in Barru usually review one book per year. We combined this transformation as an bid to boost a series to some-more than usually one by building a reading enlightenment in a fun way,” pronounced Dajju, who usually started operative as a techer in Makassar this year.

Alongside his 9 friends, all local to a province, Dajju instituted #BarruMembaca during his time as a master’s tyro during a University of Indonesia by donating his possess books to a transformation and bringing them to a region’s prohibited spots, such as a city square, Colliq Pujie Park or Sumpang Binangae Beach, on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Visitors of #BarruMembaca loll nearby a mobile library.

Visitors of #BarruMembaca loll nearby a mobile library.Visitors of #BarruMembaca loll nearby a mobile library. (JP/Keshie Hernitaningtyas)

“We started with around 100 books. Now, we have roughly 700; many of them are donations from Barru residents who upheld a cause,” pronounced Dajju, adding that usually 15 percent of them were children’s books notwithstanding a fact that many #BarruMembaca visitors were kids. “The informal administration has donated books to us, though they were textbooks; not suitable for a fun reading activity during open places.”

“Following a movement, that includes ‘book traveling’ as we revisit remote villages in Barru to move them a books and emanate fun activities, we detected that a locals were not meddlesome in reading due to a miss of entrance to books. They don’t have any books to read. We don’t have bookstores in Barru regency. We have a informal library though it’s not good confirmed and usually offers textbooks,” Dajju added.

Currently, #BarruMembaca, with a assistance of donations and supports lifted from offered T-shirts, is anticipating to deliver to a open a unstable library, that debuted during a MIWF, “in box someone wants to transcribe this unsentimental judgment given there are many mobile library communities here [in Barru].”

“We would adore to yield them with a blueprint,” Dajju said. “But a many critical thing is, we essay to make reading a fun choice activity for a people.”

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