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Your rubbish for our books: Indonesian library creates literacy from litter

A novel initiative by Java librarian sees children cleaning up the environment in exchange for books

Tommy Ardiansyah and Yuddy Cahya Budiman

A librarian in Indonesia’s Java island is lending books to children in exchange for rubbish they collect in a novel way to clean up the environment and get the children to read more.

Each weekday Raden Roro Hendarti rides her three wheeler with books stacked up at the back for children in Muntang village to exchange for plastic cups, bags and other waste that she carries back.

She said she is helping inculcate reading in the children, as well make them aware of the environment. As soon as she shows up, little children, many accompanied by their mothers, surround her “Trash Library” and clamour for the books...

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