A project to deliver books in Indonesian language to tsunami devastated Banda Aceh culminates in a ceremony to be held at The National Library of Australia Council Room at 9am on Friday 8 July.

In June 2005 six committed Canberra independent booksellers joined forces and declared it – 'Books for Aceh' month.

Each of the six bookshops participated in their own way. In doing so they collectively raised $8,037 in funds which will purchase another 1500- 2000 books over the next three to six months.

The participating bookshops are: Alexander Fax Booksellers (Mawson), Asia Bookroom (Belconnen), Book Lore (Lyneham), Daltons Books (Civic), Gaslight Books (Fyshwick) and Paperchain Bookstore (Manuka).

The cheque will be handed to Jan Fullerton, Director-General National Library of Australia at the ceremony.

The booksellers’ initiative stemmed from the May 2005 announcement of the National Library’s donation of books in Indonesian language to the value of $13,000 to assist the relief effort in Banda Aceh.

The books, mostly children’s books and adult recreational reading, were purchased by the Library’s regional office in Jakarta , and donated directly to the refugee camps in Aceh, now housing over 250,000 people.

The funds will be transferred to Ralph Sanderson, the National Library representative in Jakarta , who will buy the books and see that they are safely delivered to Aceh.

Media contact:

Yvonne Kennedy
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Telephone: 02 6262 1353 or 0411 753 891
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