The Government of Indonesia had issued a policy for schools to carry out teaching and learning activities at home in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, when the government issued a new normal policy, it became possible for Taman Baca Inovator (TBI) libraries to resume their activities.
Marie Ampere TBI library, located in SD Masehi Rua elementary school in Hobawawi village, Wanokaka, Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, is one of the three TBI libraries in the East Nusa Tenggara region. Literacy activities such as reading, writing, or other literacy activities were usually conducted in the library. However, since the pandemic started in various parts of the world it has impacted so many aspects including these activities in the TBI library especially since the TBI Marie Ampere library is located within a school area.
When the government issued a new normal policy, TBI libraries began to resume their activities again while still following health protocols. For example, in the TBI Marie Ampere library, children began to resume literacy activities such as reading and borrowing books from the library. And recently the TBI Marie Ampere library staff also invited the children who visited the library to make crafts from trash or eco-bricks. This activity is very positive for children as it teaches them to utilize existing waste and transform it to be something useful.
During this pandemic, the TBI libraries will keep assisting the children to keep creating and helping the children to be able to continue learning and doing activities in the library even though at present the number of visits is limited. Despite the pandemic, literacy activities must continue to exist and TBI libraries will continue their literacy activities.