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Pondok Pekak Library and Learning Centre

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Ubud is lauded as Bali’s cultural centre to the point of cliché, but what’s culture without books? This was the thought of expat Laurie Billington (1958-2009) when she and her Balinese husband Made Sumendra set up Pondok Pekak Library and Learning Centre in 1995.

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As a lover of books since she was “old enough to chew on them” she was dismayed that most Balinese had almost no access to books, as well as being starved for reading matter herself and so the idea of starting a library was born. Implementing a “Robin Hood” approach to fundraising enabled them to buy a small selection of Indonesian children’s books and they began networking with local schools. Kids were thrilled they could read for free, and the crowds began to arrive. Podok Pekak is tucked away on the edge of the football field in central Ubud where Made continues to keep Laurie’s ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)

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