Nurcihan Avcı, who lives in Istanbul, wanted to give a surprise gift to her husband, Aycan Avcı, on her 50th birthday.
Deciding to realize the dream of his wife, who loves books, to establish a library in a rural school, Avcı sought support from the Turkish Librarians’ Association.
Thereupon, Avcı contacted Yukarıdikme Primary and Secondary School Principal Zeynalabidin Durgaç, located on the Iranian border, 35 kilometers from the Çaldıran district, which does not have a library, and promised to establish a library in the school.
Avcı, who started work after obtaining the necessary permissions from the Ministry of National Education, transformed an unused part of the school into the “Aycan Avcı Library”, named after his wife, with the support of teachers and administrators.
Avcı, who installed shelves, play sets, study tables and a computer, placed 2,500 books in the library with a capacity of 5 thousand books in the first place.
“We chose a place that is the most remote and the most difficult to reach”
Avcı said that after a long and tiring work, they opened the library to the service of students:
“We chose a place that is the most remote and the most difficult to reach. It is an incredible feeling to see children meet with books and the library. It is an indescribable feeling. Those children will read a lot and we will be proud of them. This was also my wife’s biggest dream. This was her happiest day. “
“The rate of reading has increased”
School Principal Durgaç also expressed that they are excited and happy to have a library in the 11-classroom school where 500 students are educated.
Durgac, “We didn’t have a library before. Now we have a library and students are eager to read books. The rate of reading has increased. We consider this place as a study center.” said.