Making library a second home

Amirudin and Masdiana (next to him) going through some reading materials after launching the upgraded library in Dataran Sabak. Looking on is Suzliana. — Bernama

A TOTAL of 60 public libraries in Selangor have been upgraded since 2009.

Selangor Public Library Corporation (PPAS) deputy director Suzliana Abdul Hamid said this was done under a rebranding exercise with the tag line “Second Home”, aimed at encouraging more people to use the facility.

“We wanted more people, including those who normally would not visit libraries, to drop in.

“In the rebranding exercise, we focused on four key aspects, namely the library as a learning centre, meeting place, recreational venue and for human development.

“We then prepared facilities such as meeting and discussion rooms in addition to providing free WiFi for a more conducive environment, ” she said.

Suzliana noted that to date, the Sabak Bernam district had the highest number of public libraries in the state with 26. They include nine that are currently being upgraded.

These include the main library in the district as well as those in Pekan Sekinchan, Pekan Dataran Sabak, Desa Parit Baru, Desa Binjai Jaya, Desa Parit 14, Desa Parit 8, Desa Bagan Terap and Desa Kampung Banting.

“Selangor currently has 103 public libraries, ” said Suzliana when met at the launch of Perpustakaan Awam Dataran Sabak in the district.

She said the library, which was opened to the public in 2005, went through an upgrade in 2019 with an allocation under the 11th Malaysia Plan.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari, who was present with his wife Datin Seri Masdiana Muhamad, said it was important to change the perception that libraries were boring places.

“Libraries should serve as a focal point for the community.

“It is important that libraries are given equal attention alongside other public facilities, ” said Amirudin.

Also present were Selangor Secretary Datuk Nor Azmie Diron, state assembly Deputy Speaker Hasnul Baharuddin, Sabak assemblyman Ahmad Mustain Othman, Sabak Bernam District Council president Azman Dahlan and PPAS board member Saari Sungib.

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