New library for Taurama

For the first time, Taurama and surrounding communities outside Port Moresby will soon have access to a new library.

The Sir Buri Kidu Library will also serve as a resource, learning, training and community development centre.

Two months ago, Secretary for Education Dr Uke Kombra revealed the decline in public libraries from 22 in 1975 to only 6 now in operation.

With the ultimate aim of upgrading information centres, promoting English as first language amongst students, having a more informed populace and eliminating illiteracy, Dame Carol Kidu started a community project; the Sir Buri Kidu Library.

Built from scratch, the family home she once shared with her late husband now stands as a library on the shores of Tutu beach overlooking Taurama Bay… an ideal space for the young and elderly to enjoy a quiet time.

The library is in memory of her husband and reflects all the literacy empowerment visions they once shared.

The establishment of the library has also assisted 7 of the 23 final year Information and Communication Sciences students from UPNG in their advanced field work attachment.

The students have been engaged in cataloguing, archiving, listing and setting up the whole library system.

Information and Communication experts from UPNG say information is key in improving the country’s literacy levels and libraries are a catalyst for this.

The facility will be opened soon and will host training and development courses for communities.

Carolyn Ure