The Perak State Public Library held a mega book sale within its premises during a recent weekend. Public response, however, was not too encouraging. The 3-day event, beginning on Friday, May 23 till Sunday, May 25, was not on books sale alone, said assistant librarian, Wirda Lisa. The objective, she said, was on cultivating the reading habit in the public.
Activities held in conjunction with the programme were also aimed at creating awareness and forging closer ties among library-goers. They included motivational talks, writers’ forum, ICT workshop, information-hunting and cooking demonstrations by local cooking talents.
The mega book sale was aptly named, “Kembali Lagi @ Library” and was jointly organised by the state government. It brought together 16 distributors, publishers and retailers of books and magazines. Among them were Karangkraf, Pustaka Bina Jaya, Yamani Angle, Shyia Biz, MHZ Knowledge, Pekan Ilmu Pub, Al Ameen Serve, Farana Books, MPH Bookstores, Popular, Pustaka Hijrah, Idealicon, ITBM, Izzat Publication, Dawama, and Ally Distribooks.
Books were sold at an attractive discount of 20% to 40%. Some were sold for as low as RM1 each.
Many Ipohites had missed an opportunity to buy these cheap books. One rather disappointed visitor opined that publicity was sorely lacking. “I am sure they can do better by promoting the event via the many media channels.”