Remote Bougainville library seeks donated books

3:10 pm on 26 August 2019

Takuu Island in Papua New Guinea's autonomous region of Bougainville needs books to fill its library.

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The tiny atoll, one of the most isolated places in Papua New Guinea, suffered a damaging king tide in 2010.

The tide swept away a library that had been built in the 1960s and which was a cornerstone of the community.

It has been rebuilt and re stocked with 20 cartons of books from Unity Library in Buka, Bougainville's main town.

But David Marena, from the Mortlock Takuu Island Climate Change Association says they still need more books to fill the shelves.

"We are still hoping that we can source out some book donations from donor partners, in Bougainville, and outside of Bougainville, because the only book donation we got from Unity Library was just 20 cartons.

"We would rather be looking at encyclopaedias, atlases, books of geography."