Since dawn, Ende has been blessed with torrents of rain, after months of no rain. We, too, feel blessed, since we will be inaugurating two Rainbow Reading Gardens libraries that day. Specifically, the 86thand 87thlibrary in Eastern Indonesia.
The inauguration of the 86thlibrary was conducted in SDI Ndona 4, in the Ndona sub-district at 08:00 WITA. Rainbow Reading Gardens co-founder Eva Muchtar arrived at the school and was immediately greeted by SDI Ndona 4 headmaster Mr. Tibertius Dawa. The headmaster stated that the inauguration event will be moved to one of the school classrooms, instead of out in the field, due to the rain.
Despite moving into the classroom and outside the rain still soaking the earth, parents were very enthusiastic. In an instant, the classroom was filled with parents who were eager to attend the inauguration of a child-friendly library at their children’s school, SDI Ndona 4.
Also present at our 86thlibrary inauguration were the division head of the Department of Education, a representative from the Department of Libraries, the committee head of of SDI Ndona 4 and the parents of SDI Ndona 4. In a statement provided by the representative from the Department of Education, he said, “There is no problem with books becoming damaged from use, since that shows the books are being used. In life we must all learn three things: reading, writing and couting. They must do this until they wither and die.
The co-founder of Rainbow Reading Gardens also provided a statement, followed by the handover of a library banner to symbolize the handover of the library from us to the school. The headmaster then asked all of the guests present to observe the ribbon cutting ceremony, officially signaling the inauguration of the library at SDI Ndona 4.
After cutting the ribbon, the invited guests and the parents took turns observing the child-friendly library room and the story books that were neatly displayed. After the invited guests and parents finished observing the library, the children, who were so enthusiastic, immediately ran into the library room. After being given an understanding of library regulations and how to open the booklet slowly, the children orderly took the book and immediately read the new story books