Yayasan Pustaka Kelana
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In this competitive era, it is very important that Indonesian children learn to obtain information-and enjoyment-from books. Unfortunately, only a very small percentage has the opportunity to do so. Books in Indonesian are very limited, while books in English are scarce and practically unaffordable for the Indonesian public. Few schools have a library and whenever they do, most only contain textbooks and a few reference books.
For this reason, a few educators and professionals decided to set up a nonprofit educational foundation of which the main activity is a mobile library that provides reading materials in Indonesian and English for children and teenagers.
Our thinking is, if children cannot come to the books, let’s take the books to the children.
Our ultimate aim is to make it possible for children and young adults of all levels in society to have access to good literature and to increase their reading habits. In order to achieve this, we take books to the children in community centers and schools as well as in housing areas. Yayasan Pustaka Kelana also regularly holds seminars and workshops for support staff and volunteers of libraries. The workshops and seminars are open to the public.
Our reading collection
At the moment, the collection includes books in Indonesian and English, which we received through donations from institutions and individuals, and books specially bought for the library. There are storybooks and collections of poems, books about life and environment and other general knowledge.
Our Volunteers are mostly young people, although there are also parents and grandparents who donate their time, knowledge and skills to help promote the reading habits of children by reading to the children and providing interesting activities that directly whet their intellectual interest.
Our mobile library vans regularly visit schools, communities, and other gathering place in the communities of Jakarta and the surrounding area.
The Book Box Lending programme
In addition to the stopovers, we also lend out boxes of books to responsible institutions, schools or adults. These are made available to children and young adults in the neighborhood for a few months, after which the boxes can be exchanged with new ones.
This is a very popular programme as it allows people to open the library at anytime convenient for them. Areas outside Jakarta, as far as Central Java, lave benefited from this programme.
What we have done
Apart from running a mobile library, Yayasan Pustaka Kelana has taken the initiative or taken part in events that support the promotion of reading habits.
Some of these are:
The first vehicle was donated by the German Alumni Association, the second one donated by Citibank Peka. The third vehicle which we received in 2002, was a donation from Rotary International District 3400. Rotary also donated books and equipment to go with the vehicle.
The first collection of Indonesian books was received from several publishers, while the first English collection, consisting of more than two thousand books, was donated by the British Council. Other collections of books were donated by the Women’s International Club, the University of Canberra , and various embasies and individuals.
Up to now we have also received many books, used and new books, from individual donors. From 1998 till December 2003 Citibank Peka was our main sponsor. In addition to the vehicle donation and funding, they also supplied volunteers who helped us increase the reading interest of children in schools that do not have libraries.
The British Council, British Embassy, PT. ABACUS and the American Women’s Association have also donated furniture and office equipment such as computers, a facsimile,OHP, etc.
The CocaCola Foundation Indonesia has supported us in conducting various projects and developing the community library.
Mr. Shosaku Yasui, governor of Japan Finance Corporation for Small and Medium Enterprise ( JASME ) has also substantially provided for operational costs.
Who we are
Yayasan Pustaka Kelana was founded by :
Also on the present Board are :
How does the foundation survive?
The mobile library has received support from a number of organizations and professionals including the National Library of Indonesia, the University of Indonesia, Citibank, the British Embassy and the Rotary Club, as well as individuals such as educators, librarians and teachers. Professional educators, librarians and psychologists act as consultants and advisors for the project.
What can YOU do ?
The mobile library is staffed by volunteers and is financed and supported entirely through donations. The foundation needs your help to operate professionally and to give better service to its customers. If you think this is a worthwhile project, you can contribute by donating your time, or by donating funds for operational expenses.
Please contact us for more information on how you can assist these efforts:
Yayasan Pustaka Kelana
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