"I appreciate the existence of the Active Creative library of Kampung Mandi Angin, and I happen to inaugurate it myself," said Alfedri.
He explained, the Village Library was with Corporate Social Responsibility assistance from the Sinar Mas Group in collaboration with University of Riau Islamic and Siak Regional Government.
He hopes that the library can encourage reading interest from the villagers. Because according to him, literacy culture must be improved, not just just reading but also the ability to write.
"I hope the children here like to read and write. Can write about culture, as well as local wisdom that is here" he said.
This Mandiangin village, he continued, is an old village that has existed for a long time. community life with good order and kinship. And this village is a traditional village.
"This means that with the library, children here can write down the lives and behaviors and customs of the people here. So that Mandiangin can be known to outsiders" he hoped.
He hopes that the culture of reading and writing in Mandiangin can grow and develop so that Mandiangin human resources will increase and be able to compete with other regions.
Jujuk Rufiah, as the Chair of the village library explained, his library was actively carrying out social activities that were in line with the library development program based on social inclusion.
He said the visit from the community was quite high, which was dominated by students. This he said, was inseparable from the input of Penghulu Mandiangin in order to attract public interest to come and read. By giving rewards to visitors every three months.
"We give awards to visitors who diligently read and diligently borrow books here. For the provision of rewards is a form of attention and support from the Mandiangin village government" he explained.
In addition, the Mandiangin Library also carries out social activities, such as non-rice food processing training activities, pesantren kilat activities, and catfish cultivation activities aimed at increasing the community's economic income.
For school children, those who are interested are given computer training, ranging from elementary to high school students. Then free English learning activities are held every Sunday.
Amazingly, the library facilitates on-line census activities for people who don't have an android or even people who don't understand the online Census filling in February-March.
When the Corona virus pandemic, on the appeal of Penghulu, the library did not provide services. And start reactivating when in New Normal.
Jujuk hopes the village library can have a budget in order to improve literacy programs for the welfare of the Mandiangin village community in particular. (Adv)