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25 December, 2012, Norngkhai Village, Xayaboury Province, Laos

Book party: At book parties we read from books, play games, and sing songs. At the end of each book party, every student gets to choose a book, usually the first book they've ever owned. Then we give more to the school. Our book parties have two goals. First, we get children excited about books. (Previously, most of them had seen textbooks, but never a book they were eager to read.) Second, we observe closely, to see what books are most avidly read, what's needed, and what techniques help spread a love of reading.

This event was sponsored by David and Joann Adrion (Singapore). Thank you!

The boys wearing orange robes are novice monks. If you've visited Laos you probably saw monks and novices on the streets, particularly during early morning alms. Many Lao villages have Buddhist temples, with one or two novices.

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