The National, Monday June 24th, 2013
A LIBRARY opened in the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville last week has multiple aims.
The library has been built by the New Zealand-based Bougainville Library Trust after being inspired by New Zealand author, Lloyd Jones, whose book, Mr Pip, is set during Bougainville’s civil war.
The New Zealand group has been working with the Bougainville Heritage Trust, whose spokesman, James Koibo, said the library, to be known as the Haus Stori, would be like a museum in strengthening Bougainvilleans’ knowledge of their heritage.
“The other objective is supporting the capturing and the retention of local legends – stories, poems, music, songs into printed material – and the collection and recording of stories of arts, crafts and artifacts.”