Penang's old phone booths get a new ring as pop-up libraries

Public phone booths are on the endangered species list in Malaysia, but one community group Penggerak Komuniti Muda in George Town has found a nifty way to give them new life: phone booth libraries. Photo: PEKA

Bright and loud. That is the aim – and colour – of a new pocket library project that has lit up the historical streets of George Town, Penang.

Initiated by Penggerak Komuniti Muda (PEKA), five old public phone booths have been transformed into mini libraries where book lovers can borrow, exchange or donate books to be shared with the community.

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