Librarian wins Citizen of Burma Award
(23 June 2015) The books, thousands of them, stretch from floor to ceiling. If the librarian thinks not enough people are borrowing them, he will get on his bike and deliver a basketful to readers. There is no charge. In fact, he has been known to pay people to read.
He is known as the free librarian of Hlaing township, and if he insists on giving away books, there are plenty of people who will make up the deficiency by donating more.
His name is Zaw Zaw. The 26-year-old owns two libraries, both called “Mandalay” – one in Hlaing township, Yangon, and the other in his home village of Si Tar, Kyaukpadaung township, Mandalay Region. Last week, Zaw Zaw was awarded the Citizen of Burma Award (CoBA) intended for voluntary workers who benefit society.
The Myanmar Times has the story by Nyein Ei Ei Htwe.