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29 Apr 2019

Regent Deputy of Pasuruan Opens Pasuruan Reading Culture Roadshow

Pasuruan, East Java – Director of National Library Muhammad Syarif Bando was the keynote speaker at Pasuruan Reading Culture Roadshow event held at Graha Wilwatikta, Monday (29/4). The event was collaboration between Library and Archive Service Office of Pasuruan Regency and National Library and attended by 1500 participants. The roadshow which carried the theme “In the Framework of Implementation of Family-Based and Character Education Development Programme” was opened by Regent Deputy of Pasuruan A. Mujib Imron. It was then followed by talk show with speakers namely Director of National Library Muhammad Syarif Bando, Regent Deputy of Pasuruan A. Mujib Imron, Head of Library and Archive Office of Pasuruan Regency Suwarno, Librarian Sudjono, and Literacy Activist Alissa Qotrunnada Munawaroh. 

Director of National library, in front of roadshow participants, invited them to use library and become library members. “Please access our book collection online through iPusnas, there are two hundred thousand books available. Besides that, our other collections are available in three billion articles. So, there is no reason for all participants to not become online members of National Library,” said Syarif. National Library is currently the only country in the world that has legitimacy to foster libraries throughout Indonesia from provincial, regency, municipal, and village levels. Syarif also advised millennial generations that there are three things that will determine who we will be in the next twenty years, namely through books we read today, with whom we interact today and the nutritional intake we consume today.

Regent Deputy of Pasuruan A. Mujib Imron on that occasion expressed his appreciation to National Library and expected Pasuruan Reading Culture Roadshow would increase reading interest of Pasuruan community and would improve intelligence level of Pasuruan community. The Local Government of Pasuruan has priority on family-based and character education development. “From family, children will grow with mental endurance in facing current of globalisation,” explained Imron. In line with what Director of National Library said, Regent Deputy of Pasuruan invited young generation to read biography of great figures to prepare themselves in replacing current leaders.   

Gus Dur’s eldest daughter, Alissa Qotrunnada Munawaroh motivated that book is a window to the world. Alissa inspired students by sharing her first experience at the age of 18 when she went abroad by herself to attend a conference. Through book, Alissa could find information about everything related to the trip. Alissa is also the founder of the Book Monster Reading Park in Yogyakarta in 2001. “Book Monster is a library as well as a place to interact for children,” explained she. Meanwhile, Head of Library and Archive Office of Pasuruan Regency Suwarno, explained that to reach out local community with library, his institution had prepared three mobile library cars and made Pujangga (Library Reaching Family) programme, which is lending books to families in remote areas in turns.

Senior Librarian Sudjono explained the policy of East Java provincial government regarding demography is to use library as a means of lifelong learning medium. As for the fulfilment of East Java Province community needs, it was performed through mobile libraries and technology-based information systems such as e-book. In addition, he explained policy related to family-based library to fortify families from hoax attacks.  



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