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Rural libraries spread in Yunnan Province

04-15-2012 11:42 BJT

China began to build rural libraries in 2007 to give people in those areas more access to information and knowledge. Nearly 12,000 rural libraries have been built in Yunnan Province, covering 85 percent of the villages there. CCTV reporter Hu Chao went to one village to check out the difference the library makes.

Yunnan Province is home to several of China’s ethnic minorities.

In Sanzhuanwan village, nearly 80 percent of the villagers are ethnic Miao, and 20 percent are Han. Zhang Chunyi, who is Miao, often comes to the library with his little grandson.

Zhang Chunyi, Sanzhuanwan Villager, said, "I come to the library once a week. I prefer to read books on fruit tree cultivation, especially walnut trees. Knowledge of walnut varieties and grafting has really helped me a lot."

Hu Chao, Sanzhuanwan Village, Yunnan, said, "This library has 1,500 books in total, falling to different categories including politics, science and culture etc. Among all the categories, books about agriculture and techonology are the most favorite ones."

Many people like to take some notes while reading. 13-year-old Zhang Xuehua comes to read once a month.

Zhang Xuehua, Sanzhuanwan Villager, said, "I like to read folk stories and Journey to the West. Sometimes I also read reference books about Chinese and mathematics, which is helpful for my school work."

The librarian says they get about 15 visitors a month. It may not seem like many, but it’s big progress since the library opened last August. He says what’s needed is more promotion to bring in the villagers.

Han XIognxue, Librarian and Youth League Secretary, said, "Our village is far away from the city area and a bit isolated from the outside world. The rural library has enriched people’s cultural life. Some villagers even walk a long way to come here."

Officals say another 23-hundred rural libraries will be built in Yunnan by the end of June. That will cover nearly every village in the province.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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