THE Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) recently launched its first mobile library in an effort to encourage reading among schoolchildren.
Shah Alam mayor Datuk Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad launched the mobile library at Sekolah Rendah Agama Integrasi Seksyen 19 Shah Alam.
This is in line with MBSA’s 2016-2020 strategic plan to have a knowledgeable society.
The mobile library, which is a Tata Xenon truck and contains about 1,500 books, will return to the school once every two weeks.
Ahmad Zaharin said the council spent between RM200,000 and RM250,000 on the mobile library.
“We hope to provide an alternative to the school’s library.
“Depending on the response and budget, we hope to have another van, a bigger one.
"We welcome corporate sponsors. The public can also donate books at the community library in Kota Anggerik, Kota Kemuning,” he said.
He also suggested that families have a reading corner at home for their children.
MBSA plans to add more schools to the mobile library’s route, namely SRA Paya Jaras, SRA TTDI Jaya and SRA Jalan Kebun.
Headmistress Filzah Mohd Nor said the mobile library allowed students to experience what children had in the 1980s.
A membership fee of RM1 is charged to students (12 and below) and teachers at the schools.