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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New Youth Library in Ethiopia makes impossible dream reality

"The need in Ethiopia is great but the vision and perseverence of Yohannes Gebregeorgis is greater, which helps explain why a new library worthy of any developed country opened August 20 in Mekele, the first of its kind in this small and grindingly poor city. The Segenat Children and Youth Library in the region of Tigray (or Tigrai) is located in a sturdy, free-standing building donated by the municipal authorities. It's fully loaded with some 10,000 books and a computer room with ten stations; two e-book readers and 8,000 more books are on the way. A companion donkeymobile regularly transports some 2,000 additional books to more distant parts of Tigray, powered by two beasts of burden named Sege and Nat" - American Libraries

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