Community Reading Room at An County, Sichuan

Date September, 2009
Place Huimin Community Centre, An County, Sichuan
Organizers Ganxi Primary School, Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County
Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Sponsors Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Aim and Objectives To provide reading and recreational facilities for afflicted people of the earthquake;
After working for nearly a month, the Community Reading Room at An County, Sichuan was completed on 20 August, and was opened officially by the end of September.

Report

The basic facilities of the Reading Room includes printed books, electronic books, library catalogue, information, burglarproof devices, computers, desks and chairs, bookshelves, etc.

Regarding the book collection, we have bought 7,000 printed books as planned. Together with the 610 free copies given to us by the book dealer, we got a total of 7,610 printed books. All the books are certified copies by the authority. We bought the library management system also and had arranged professionals to conduct training on book cataloguing, classification, shelving and management for staff of the Reading Room. We have prepared a catalogue for all the books, registered the books, fixed a magnetic strip in every book and installed an alarm system at the exit of the Reading Room. All these will ensure good maintenance, avoid losses of books and facilitate long-term use of the Reading Room.

We have created a Local Area Network (LAN), through which a number of PCs are connected to a main computer to access the electronic books. It saves the cost of buying a server and solves the issue of sharing of as much as 36,000 electronic books. The electronic books cover many areas, that compliment and enrich our book varieties and saves much for buying printed books.

The purpose for GFF to setting up a community Reading Room in An County is to improve the quality of life of local residence. With the Reading Room being set up, people can have a place to read and stay after work. By encouraging reading, people can gain more knowledge and information, enriching their life. GFF also provides organic and biodynamic farming technique books and materials to help local farming industry to improve their crops.

Mu Guang Yao

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