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Library Brings Hope Essay

854 words - 4 pages

FEATURE: Library brings hope to Pingtung County village

SUNSHINE AFTER RAIN:The library was relocated and modernized with the help of residents and a generous donation from the Buddhist Fo Guang Shan Foundation

By Lee Li-fa and Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter, with staff writer

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1 A boy reads in the Sunflower Library in Terong Village in Pingtung County’s
Changjhih Township earlier this month. Photo: Li Li-fa, Taipei Times

Taipei Times – A boy reads in the Sunflower Library in Terong Village in Pingtung County's Changjhih Township earlier this month.

Photo: Li Li-fa, Taipei Times

Named after a flower that symbolizes vitality and hope, the Sunflower Library in Terong ...view middle of the document...

Following years of concerted effort between Lee, Tsai and residents, the library was eventually opened to the community in 2003, boasting a collection of more than 6,000 publications.

However, because it was located in a low-lying area, the much-anticipated library was flooded as many as 10 times between its opening and 2006, with the floodwaters damaging large parts of the collection.

In August 2009, when the country was battered by Typhoon Morakot – which led to Taiwan's worst flooding in 50 years and claimed the lives of nearly 700 people – many homes in Terong Village were severely damaged, as was the community library.

Before it could recover from the devastating effects of Typhoon Morakot, the library was further hit by another powerful storm, Typhoon Fanapi, in September 2010.

Last year, things finally started to look up for the library when the Pingtung County Government's Cultural Affairs Department notified villagers of a plan to relocate the library to higher land.

"Thanks to the reporting by the [Chinese-language] Liberty Times [the Taipei Times' sister paper] on the library's dire post-storm situation, which caught the attention of different sectors of society, the Fo Guang Shan Foundation for Buddhist Culture and Education decided to make a generous donation of NT$ 3 million to facilitate the library's relocation," the department's Division of Library Information chief Hsu Shih-wen (許世文) said.

After its relocation to the more spacious community center located in a higher-lying area, the library was reopened to villagers on June 17 this year.

"The concept of the renovated building's...

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