Reading enriches our lives.
“Read to behave well; read to become reasonable; read to realize some condition; read to understand the heart.” The ideal of the mobile libraries came from Venerable Master Hsing Yun, Founder of Fo Guang Shan. The Venerable Master envisioned that the mobile libraries would go to schools and communities for the convenience of students and the public to read and to borrow books. Meanwhile, the Venerable Master also initiated the campaign for all people to read so as to promote the standard of their living and change their lives for the better. Based on this ideal, under the guidance of Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the first mobile library came into existence in Jan. 2007. Because of quality service and its popularity, the number of the mobile libraries increased to six in 2011, which traveled to various campuses and communities, and became part of many activities in Kaohsiung, Pingtung, Chiayi, and Yilan.
In 2012, in view of the gaps between cities and countryside, and the contemporary educational problems resulted from social development, Venerable Master Hsing Yun compassionately instructed to add 44 mobile libraries to make it 50. Hopefully, more resources can be provided to benefit people and children in all counties and cities. By means of the mobile libraries, which are like floating clouds, flowing water, and flying birds, various types of books and endless hope will be brought to people in every corner of Taiwan.
Cloud and Water Mobile Libraries offer services and purify minds in the communities. They also realize Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s ideal of “Humanistic Buddhism.”
The goals of activities:
1. To provide arts and educational programs to the victims of natural disasters and people living in remote countryside and communities, and improve their quality of life.
2. To promote the ideal of “living a life with books” and “three goodness and four givings” of Humanistic Buddhism advocated by Venerable Master Hsing Yun.
3. To provide people with reading resources and encourage them to read more to open new horizon in their lives.
4. To proactively reach out to people and offer services by means of outdoor reading, and break away from the traditional method of reading in a library setting.