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FEATURE: Library brings hope to Pingtung County village

SUNSHINE AFTER RAIN:The library was relocated and modernized with the help of residents and a generous donation from the Buddhist Fo Guang Shan Foundation

By Lee Li-fa and Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter, with staff writer

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1 A boy reads in the Sunflower Library in Terong Village in Pingtung County’s
Changjhih Township earlier this month. Photo: Li Li-fa, Taipei Times

Taipei Times – A boy reads in the Sunflower Library in Terong Village in Pingtung County's Changjhih Township earlier this month.

Photo: Li Li-fa, Taipei Times

Named after a flower that symbolizes vitality and hope, the Sunflower Library in Terong Village (德榮) in Pingtung County's Changjhih Township (長治) is more than an ordinary library. Having survived the brunt of storms and frequent flooding, it has become an embodiment of the power of love and collective effort.

The establishment of the library stemmed from a tragedy involving a young girl surnamed Huang (黃), who died in a car accident a decade ago while cycling to a downtown library to return some library books.

At the time, the village did not have a library, which was why the young girl had to cycle a long distance to borrow books.

Saddened by this misfortune, Lee Chen-wei (李鎮衛), who then served as a village coordinator, resolved to take action and push forward with the creation of a library in the remote community.

The proposal was encouraged by Lee's wife, Tsai Hui-ling (蔡慧玲), who joined her husband's efforts to bring about changes to the region.

A well-connected man, Lee received approval to locate the proposed library within a local community center, with the village warden and a number of community volunteers also aiding in his efforts to decorate the place.

To enrich the library's collection, Tsai also made a generous donation of a range of…...

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