People of Remarkable Talent (PORT) together with the Perak State Library Association (PPANk) are working together to build the first mobile bus cafe with library using their mascot DIDI.
“Our aim is to encourage more youngsters to read. Working together with PORT, I am looking forward to seeing the result of this renovation,” said the director of State library, Salbiah Mohamed.
DIDI is the mascot of PPANk’s mobile bus library. There are currently five mobile buses around the state and PORT is in charge of changing one of them into a mobile cafe with library. During the key-giving ceremony, Perak’s State Exco for Tourism, Arts, Culture, Multimedia and Communication Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi, who is also one of PORT’s board of directors, was given a video preview of how the bus will look after the renovation.
“We are estimating a total of RM30,000 for the restoration. Recycled metals and other items will be used in the process as well. The estimated completion date is by the end of November as we plan to showcase it for this year’s Pangkor International Poems and Folk Songs Festival (PULARA),” said the head manager of PORT, Zamari Muhyi.
Currently in pink and green, the bus will be black in colour and will be handled by PORT’s merchandise team. After PULARA, the mobile cafe library will be stationed and open for the public at PORT and will also be available for events.