Cultivating reading habit among residents with community library

Volunteers reading to children at the community library in the Gugusan Semarak low-cost apartment in Kota Damansara.

NON-profit organisation Junior Chamber International (JCI) Kuala Lumpur launched the fourth edition of its Lifebrary of Love initiative at the Gugusan Semarak low-cost apartment in Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya.

Organised with Great Heart Charity Association (GHCA) and Great Vision Charity Association (GVCA), Lifebrary of Love 4.0 aims to implement a complete community education and development cycle programme by creating a supportive reading, learning and knowledge sharing environment for Gugusan Semarak residents.

Under the initiative, a number of tie-in programmes are offered to the residents.

Classes for the Children pro-gramme are provided by GHCA for primary and secondary students who want to improve their language and educational skills.

GVCA will also be offering their Didik-Kasih EduCare Program, which provides study allowance for underprivileged students pursuing tertiary studies, to encourage them to equip themselves with knowledge and qualifications that could break the poverty cycle.

Volunteers helped renovate an abandoned hall at the apartment into a new multi-purpose hall that comes equipped with a community library for the initiative.

The hall will be used for the Classes for the Children programme and other projects.

Volunteers also organised a spring-cleaning session at the apartment’s compound to spread environmental awareness among residents by reminding them not to litter.

Student Service Volunteer Club from Sunway University and STACT Club from INTI College Subang Jaya also helped out with supplies of books to fill up the new community library so that it could cultivate the reading habit among residents.

Also included are many board games for children to indulge in during their free time.

The organisers hope that residents will get involved in maintaining and caring for the hall and library.

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