Sunday, September 26

Sibu public library to undergo ‘makeover’


SIBU: The Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) public library in Keranji Road here will have free internet service for its members soon.

SMC deputy chairman Datuk Andrew Wong said the service would be installed sometime this year, together with the upgrading of furniture at the library.

“We will also add more reference books. All these are to make the library better to cater for the needs of the users,” he said at the launching of the library’s new logo, mascots and website yesterday.

The library, which is built in 1986 and has about 56,000 members, houses about 280,000 books in various languages.

Wong said the council hoped to give the library a brand new image, and from next month onwards the library would organise various activities every month.

“I think Sibu lacks such events for younger readers,” he said, and urged parents and children to actively participate in all the activities planned.

“SMC is committed towards ensuring that children and teenagers have a place where they can go and learn.”

Later, Wong launched the Local Government and Community Development mobile library bus, which will be managed by SMC.

According to municipal chief librarian Habsah Johor, the mobile library would serve 25 rural schools under Sibu division.

She said it had no fewer than 1,000 books and would stop by one or two schools daily for about an hour each for pupils to borrow books.