China Opens First Public Library in the Island City of Sansha
The first public library opened last Thursday on China’s southernmost island city of Sansha in the city’s only school. The school which opened in November last year, consists of 28 students ranging from kindergarten and primary school with ten teachers. Established in 2012, school administrators in more than 200 islets, sand banks and reefs in the Xisha, Nansahn Zhongsha island groups with two million square kilometers of surrounding waters of the South China Sea.
The China Publishing Group Corp. have inked a agreement with the city government of Sansha in building and managing the public library. The agreement which was signed on Yongxing Island one of the Xisha island along with the city’s administrative base. The publishing house has donated 13,000 books that is worth 300,000 yuan to the Yongxing school. Based on the agreement, the library will temporary housed at the school until the government will build another venue for the library.
The president of Yongxing School, Xiao Fang, stated that the life in the islands is difficult due to the lack of facilities and the people are thirsty to have new and good reading materials. The library will act as a cultural bridge between the islands and with the mainland, the company also promised to donated newly published books will be added to the library’s collection every year.