Increase Creativity of Reading Gardens

Kompas, page 12

Organizers of community reading gardens/ libraries have an important role in improving the reading culture of society. That is why, the managers of the reading parks/ libraries are expected to make creative programs that could attract people to visit the libraries.

This was raised in the workshop “Cultural Development and Reading Skills” at Balai Pemuda Surabaya, East Java, on Saturday (25/3).

A total of 120 managers of community reading gardens/libraries (TBM) in Surabaya took part in the workshop held by Gramedia Bookstore and the Agency for US International Development (USAID) Prioritas of East Java. The workshop is also part of the series of events of the Surabaya Mobile Library Festival.

USAID Prioritas East Java Coordinator Silvana Erlina said that TBM organizers should not only be tasked to serve readers seeking books. They must also be able to make creative programs that attract the reading interest of the public, especially children, such as storytelling, quizzes, and selecting age-appropriate reading material. She expects after the workshop, TBM organizers would be able to increase visits to the reading gardens/libraries.

Meanwhile, Head of the Surabaya Libraries and Archives Agency Wiwiek Widayati said, to increase public interest in reading, this year the Surabaya City Administration will launch e-TBM and e-Perpus services which could be accessed online in order to facilitate readers to look for books without having to come to the library or TBM.   There are about 2.2 million book titles that can be accessed through the service.

Previously, based on data from the World’s Most Literate Nations drafted by the Central Connecticut State University in 2016, Indonesia’s literacy ranking is in 60th position out of 61 countries. Meanwhile, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics survey in 2012 about children’s interest in reading and watching movies, was that only 17.66 percent of Indonesian children were interested in reading. While those interested in watching (movies) has reached 91.67 percent interest.

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