The event, which was first held in 2010, carried the theme “Jom Baca” this year, in conjunction with Kuala Lumpur being named World Book Capital 2020.
This is the 15th time the book fest is being organised by the Selangor Public Libraries Corporation and Selangor government.
Selangor Public Libraries Corporation director Mastura Muhamad said it had been a
decade since the corporation held its “Berhenti Sebentar, Jom Baca” campaign at Taman Tasik Shah Alam on June 26, 2010.
Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari, who launched the book fest, said the state government would continue allocating funds for translation of books from other languages into Bahasa Malaysia.
“In line with Smart Selangor’s goal to create ‘smart people’ and ‘knowledge workers’, Malay classics and contemporary literary works will also be translated and audio books published to encourage critical and creative thinking among Selangor folk, including the visually impaired,” he said.
The event also saw the “Let’s Read Together for 10 minutes” session, where attendees read a book of their choice for 10 minutes.
Reading Seeds kits were also handed out to children during the launch.
The Reading Seeds programme was first initiated by the Sarawak State Library to encourage early literacy among children.
In Selangor, 2,293 kits will be distributed to selected clinics in the state and a research will be conducted to monitor the progress of children who have received the kits.
For details, visit ppas.gov.my.
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