Taman Baca Inovator (TBI) Foundation keeps growing and developing. As part of our effort to develop children reading interest in Indonesia, the foundation has been opening new libraries in remote areas of the country. So far, our hard work has been warmly appreciated by the children in the areas who have been longing to read more books. The establishment of TBI new libraries was like a dream come true for them. This effort to grow reading interest needs involvement from many parties, but it is very much worth it as it will form a reading habit that will become a tradition that is passed on from one generation to another.
The beginning of September 2018 was a very exciting time for us. Two TBI libraries were opened in Ketapang, West Kalimantan. This was another achievement for our foundation, which proved that the foundation has been consistently opening libraries for public interest. TBI Al Battani was the 24th TBI library opened by Taman Baca Inovator Foundation, followed by TBI Martin Cooper as the 25th library.
TBI Al Battani is located in SDN 11 Muara Pawan elementary school, Sukamaju Village, Muara Pawan District, Ketapang Regency, West Kalimantan. Many parties were involved for the establishment of the library. Now, our duty is to enliven the TBI library. We need breakthrough ideas to make children read and visit the library frequently, apart from relying on quality books that have been provided there.
Meanwhile, TBI Martin Cooper is located in SDN 13 Muara Pawan elementary school, Sei Awan Kiri Village, Muara Pawan District, Ketapang Regency, West Kalimantan. The establishment of the TBI library in the area was an eye-opener for the community. Reading was not common in the area, but thanks to the library, now they are starting to embrace a reading culture. The children can now select quality books that interest them. All the books provided at the library are full of pictures with thick paper and simple language, well selected for the children.
Surrounding communities also play a big role in improving children’s reading interest in the area around the Pawan river. Ketapang Street Library Community, or Komunitas Perpusatakaan Jalanan Ketapang, for instance, frequently offers a medium for people to read for free in Tanjungpura park every weekend, where anyone can join. This way of growing people’s reading interest could be developed further. It is very possible to hold more collaborations with other communities such as Kammipala Ketapang, Papaya Explore, Muslimah Traveler Ketapang, Perpusjak, Pongo Ranger, Klorofil, Ketapang English Club, Laskar Mandiri, and others.
Reading is a good habit to develop, and we need to work together with various parties to develop the reading habit. This may take long efforts and hard works, and we need to work hand in hand in order to achieve this dream. Together, we can achieve it. Happy reading everyone! Go literacy! (Tri Sujarwo)