KUCHING: New and upgraded facilities are now prepared for visitors to the Sarawak State Library.
The library now features a new e-Newspaper kiosk where visitors can read news and magazines from all over the world in the library archive. The kiosks hold a 32-inch display with touch sensor for easy content browsing.
A digital signage via a 50-inch digital display will allow visitors to locate and know about events that will be held at the state library. Users can also interact with it using motion sensors to select specific information.
Due to high demand of Internet access point, the bandwidth speed has been upgraded to Unifi service with speed of up to 100Mbps. The service can now be used.
Besides books and other reading materials, visitors can enjoy local art collections at the library. The Sarawakiana Portal is an online art collection with summarised write-up and contents on Sarawakian materials, especially visual arts.
The most exciting upgrades are located at the Children Infotheque area. These services aim to expose children to interesting and interactive computer technology. Children will now be able to use various “edutainment” applications on 10 Lenovo tablets instead of computers.
The XBOX360, using motion sensing, fuses games and education to make learning even more fun. Video screening at the Storytelling room will show entertaining and educating videos from the Lincoln Corner collections to children so that they are interested in computer graphics.
Children activities such as storytelling, coloring, reading, crafting and others will be held twice a month and in Miri, every weekend to enhance the children’s learning experience.
The library will be publishing three new books namely Flora and Fauna of Pustaka, Unravelling of private libraries in Sarawakians and Fountain of Knwoledge: Information ripple, knowledge waves and Wisdom tsunami.
Parents and children should take the chance to visit the soon-to-be launched Sensory Garden. The garden consists of two types of plants which can be recognised by touch and smell. It will let visitors to stimulate their senses while experiencing the joy of nature.
This special garden is disabled-friendly, with Braille information boards being installed for the convenience of the disabled and visually impaired people. It also shows instructions for them to walk around without any aid.
The library has recently celebrated its 15th anniversary since it’s opening in the year 2000. Many fun and interesting events have been planned by the state library for the people next year such as the Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival, Knowledge 2015: Knowledge, The Key to A Better Tomorrow, talks, exhibitions, workshops and conferences.