Casino librarian books trip to Tanzania

HELPING HAND: Casino librarian Taryn Kelly with some of the kids at The School of St Jude in Tanzania.
HELPING HAND: Casino librarian Taryn Kelly with some of the kids at The School of St Jude in Tanzania. Contributed

A CASINO librarian has collected enough books to fill a shipping container and is now hoping to raise $10,000 to build a library to house them in a remote Tanzanian village.

Taryn Kelly worked at a school in Tanzania in 2005 and since her return to Australia in 2007 she has been collecting books to send back.

"When I was there every-one was always asking me for books. They are desperate for them," she said.

Ms Kelly described the village of Uwiro as "extremely isolated" and said most of the people there are subsistence farmers.

"But there are some job opportunities if they are able to speak English, which is why they are so desperate for books," she said.

Ms Kelly said the books are mostly children's books and that she has been overwhelmed by the generosity of local schools who have donated old readers and dictionaries.

Ms Kelly has so far raised about $7000 and will be operating a stall at the Lismore Car boot market on Sunday to help kickstart the next phase of the project.

As well as books, she will be selling a range of souvenirs from Tanzania.

She hopes to send the books by April before returning next October to see the building go up.

Topics:  tanzania

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