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“Boat Bookin' for Literacy!”

Luang Prabang Library
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

There are two different locations for the public library in Luang Prabang. Was lucky enough to visit both and speak with volunteers, program coordinators and many others. This review is of the library with the book boat and which houses the Lao-American reading center - just opposite Wat Mai and the night market road. Very impressed with the dedication of local volunteers and their support of literacy, education and getting books deep into rural communities. There is a book boat, run by Chanta, which accepts donations of books, pens, crayons and education materials. The boat takes monthly trips up the Mekhong river to celebrate reading with rural communities, often reaching 35 or more villages.

Both local libraries offer English language conversation practice with native speakers. In attendance during conversation hour at the Lao-American reading center are novice monks from wats all around Luang Prabang.

The other library - aka @Mylibrary & part of The Language Project - offers classes on computer and multi-media programs, including photography.

Long Live Literacy at Local Laos Libraries!

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Reviewed April 14, 2013

Luang Prabang is one of the most charming places in Asia.
the old city ,spread in the triangle formed by the Mekong river and a smaller one, is a wonder,the old colonial buildings have been well restored and the new ones are perfectly matching the olds.
walking along the river you can discover colorful gardens and golden pagodas,have delicious food.
even in the night the downtown offers a pleasant night market.
by boat one can visit old temples and the cave of the Buddhas and enjoy the beauty of the Mekong ,but unfortunately the old villages around have been transformed in markets for tourists ,selling made in Thailand goods and souvenirs.

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Reviewed March 15, 2013

Its so nice to see students really wanting to learn. The people who go there to learn have really busy days with lessons and everything and they still make time to come to the library to learn. Its a nice place to go if you want to give a bit back to luang prabang during your holiday. If you have an hour or two spare then its a really worthwhile thing to do.

1  Thank els387
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Talking to the monks at the library in the afternoon was one of the highlights of our trip. The monks visit the library to study English, but chatting to them is a great way to learn more about life in Laos.

If you have time while visiting Luang Prabang it is really worth a visit to meet some locals. You can also donate books which will get taken out to the villages for children to read.

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Reviewed March 3, 2013

Stop by, buy some books and some supplies, and know that you have helped make the world a better place :)

Thank Cindy K M
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