New school library but hardly any books: can you help?

Books, library, reading, writing,The ABC reports that the new school library in the remote north-west Queensland, mainly indigenous community of Doomadgee has "hardly any books".

Resident Peta Jenkins is using social media to encourage people to donate books in an effort to make school more interesting for students and to boost literacy rates.

She says despite the opening of the state school's new library earlier this year, books remain a rare sight.

"Well you just can't buy books in Doomadgee," she said.

books, new book, reading, writing, library"It would be a matter of buying them online - if what you're after could be purchased online - or going to a major centre like Cairns or Townsville or Mount Isa, all of which are of course hundreds of kilometres away.

"With a bit of luck ... we'll be able to build up the school library with some good quality second-hand books but there's also a keen interest in the community in getting adult books out there ... you just don't see books here in Doomadgee ... when you go to people's houses."

Here's the Facebook link for Peta's book drive.

There was no official comment from the school at time of posting.


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