(This piece was sent by James Lunge, a member of the facebook page PNG BOOKCLUB, to The National newspaper and appeared in the letters section. The BookClub is grateful to James for his initiative and inspiring words.)
Source: The National, Wednesday 16th November 2011
IT was exciting to see the new Facebook group PNG BookClub on the go.
Ever since I joined it, I find it thrilling to check the group wall where members post their book reviews and other book-related stuff.
The group’s greatest achievement thus far is it has silently re volutionised reading in this country.
Last Saturday, an informal book swap was held at Ela Beach for NCD residents.
Today, we see PNG bookworms arranging book ex chan ges all over the country.Next year, the bookworms will hold a “meet-and-greet” session.
The internet has its good and bad points. It is how we use it that counts.
Reading has been not a part of a Papua New Guinean’s lifestyle but the internet has changed that. Parents and teachers should start emphasising on the im portance of reading.
Reading helps improve our English.
Today, many of our Grades 10 and 12 students are unable to continue their education because of their inability to express themselves in English during national examinations.
If we are to grow physically, we need to eat the right type of food.
This is the same with reading.
In order for our mental capacity to grow, we need to read more.
A growing nation such as ours also needs people who are mentally fit.
Imagine going into town one day and seeing 10 people reading while they commute, have lunch, etc.
It may sound weird to a Papua New Guinean but to someone who reads, it is not.