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Indonesia Librarian Encourages Swapping Plastic Rubbish For Books

A librarian in Java, Indonesia, asked the children in the village to borrow books with the collected garbage. This new trick can not only clean the environment, but also encourage children to read more, killing two birds with one stone.

Every working day, the 48-year-old librarian Hendati rides a tricycle full of books to Mengtan Village (Mangtang Village) in Purbalingga, Central Java. Children will exchange some books for the garbage such as plastic cups and plastic bags, and Hendati will take the garbage away.

Hendy said that she hopes to help cultivate children's reading habits and environmental awareness in the village. Whenever she appeared, the children would clamor around her "junk library" to read books. Many children were accompanied by their mothers, and they brought bags of garbage. After the books on Hendati's tricycle were robbed, they were quickly filled with garbage. She's glad that this can make children play fewer video games.

There are 6,000 books in the collection, and about 100 kilograms of garbage are collected every week.

Hendy can collect about 100 kilograms of garbage every week, and her colleagues sort the garbage and recycle it or sell it. She has a collection of 6,000 books, and she is also willing to provide mobile lending services for neighboring areas.

Alamsjah, an 11-year-old boy who loves reading, searches for rubbish everywhere in the village. He said: ""If there is too much garbage, our environment will become dirty, which is unhealthy. That's why I pick up trash for books. "

The literacy rate of people over 15 years old in Indonesia is about 96%, but a report released by the World Bank in September warned that the epidemic of crown disease will cause more than 80% of 15-year-olds' reading ability to be lower than the minimum level set by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.