KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) hopes to instal some 600 book kiosks around the city with an aim to instil a lifelong reading habit among the public.
City mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan said while the initial idea for book kiosks was kicked off as part of Kuala Lumpur being named the World Book Capital 2020 by Unesco, he hoped that the initiative would gain traction beyond the event.
“There is so much that we can gain from books, but sadly some do not have access to physical or even e-books.
“These kiosks can become a starting point for someone to pick up a book, ” he said.
Nor Hisham added that 60 book kiosks had been installed around the city centre so far.
Each kiosk is estimated to cost between RM7,000 and RM12,000 depending on the design.
The total cost of the book kiosk project is currently at RM750,000.
StarMetro previously reported that DBKL had identified 19 locations for the project and these were mostly the city’s Heritage Trails as well as the River of Life (RoL) areas, including Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, Taman Botani Perdana, selected DBKL buildings, Kampung Baru, Chow Kit and Bukit Bintang.
The kiosks were set up at Dataran DBKL, Jalan Ampang, Tiong Nam, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Bunus 6, Jalan Masjid India, Jalan Munshi Abdullah, Masjid Jamek, Sultan Abdul Samad building, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Petaling, Jalan Panggung, MRT Pasar Seni, Dataran Medan Pasar, Jalan Cenderasari and Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin.
“I hope that this will also encourage private book distributors and other organisations to contribute either books or funds to the programme, ” he said during the launch of the Moving Library service at Taman Wangsa Melawati.
The service, initiated by Kuala Lumpur Library, will see four refurbished buses with some 1,500 books each stationed at housing estates and selected PPR schemes.
For now, the buses will move around Taman Wangsa Melawati as well as PPR Bukit Jalil, PPR Perkasa, PPR Raya Permai and PA Sri Johor.
Trained staff will be on hand to provide physical books and help to download e-books.
The mobile library will be operational from 10am to 3pm, during weekdays.
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