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January 26, 2005

Artist Opens English Library for Kids

Asahi.com yesterday carried an article on Keiko Yoshikawa, 60, a pressed-flower artist who has converted part of her house into an English picture-book library for young readers. Yoshikawa lived in Vancouver in the 1990s and collected several hundred English-language books. On her return to Japan in 2003, she built a home in Mie prefecture that includes a loft space that she made into a library. her home also includes a coffee shop she called Cafe Canada. "It is not surprising people cannot speak English, even if they know grammar," Yoshikawa said. "I would like everyone to read as many books as possible to help them understand clearly what their partner is talking about in a conversation. I hope the kids will take this opportunity to enjoy learning English." She is currently looking for student volunteers to read to the children. Library of English books opens for kids

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