By Zaki Salleh
IPOH: Waiting for the train at Ipoh KTM Station can be utilized by reading books provided in the ‘The Little Free Library’ there.
Although the reading materials are not abundant, they are sufficient to fill leisure time compared to idle chatter.
This also momentarily distracts from staring at smartphones typically used just for browsing less useful social media content.
A passenger, Mohamad Zulkarnain Abdul Razak, praised the initiative to encourage the public to read.
“This mini library is adequate since we don’t spend much time at the station, just waiting.
“It is very beneficial and should be fully utilized by the public,” he said.
Accountant, Alicia Kwan, suggested providing more books besides light reading for children.
“This can pique children’s interest in reading, so they won’t get bored while waiting for the train.
“Moreover, parents can read books with their children, making the most of their time,” she said.
The Little Free Library is a community project between Tuanku Bainun University of Education Sultan Idris (UPSI) Library and the Railway Asset Corporation (RAC) since last year.
Besides Ipoh KTM Station, four other locations have placed this small library, Tanjong Malim Railway Station, Kampar, Kuala Kangsar and Taiping.