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From: China Tibet Online 2011-07-27 08:51:00
by: Melinda Jin
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Rural libraries get popular among Tibetans

Villagers are reading in a rural library, June 20. [Photo/Xinhua]
Villagers are reading in a rural library, June 20. [Photo/Xinhua]

Dawa Tsering is the librarian of the rural library in Sangmo Village. [Photo/Xinhua]
Dawa Tsering is the librarian of the rural library in Sangmo Village. [Photo/Xinhua]

Sangmo Village of Lhasa's Tohlung Dechen lies just beside the thousand-mile Tibet-Qinghai Highway. In many of its village committee offices, one is especially popular among the villagers-the library.

Dawa Tsering, the librarian, devotes most of his time to keeping the library, even at weekends.

"I feel happy as long as everyone benefits from reading, even though it takes too much time," said Dawa Tsering.

The 48-year-old man has taught math and Tibetan for 5 years in this village, so he always treasures books in the village library.

The library now shelves more than 3,000 books, since it started to offer reading service on November 28, 2008.

Dawa said that most Tibetan locals often borrow books on breeding and planting while some home inn owners prefer books in tourism, history and culture.

He is very proud that the villagers like reading and take good care of the books in the library.

Official statistics reports that so far, altogether 2,000 rural libraries have been set up in Tibet Autonomous Region since the rural library project was initiated in 2007.

Tibet will build 3,331 more rural village libraries in 2011, with 30,000-yuan fund for each, the regional press and publication sector told. 

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