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Tun Razak Library Must Use English

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I am impressed by the recently renovated Tun Razak Library. This is a well-planned project by MBI.

The children’s section has been completely redone. It is very colourful and has an artificial tree in the centre, under which children can sit and read. The chairs and tables are placed around the sides of the room creating ample space for movement. The bird in the tree chirps when hands are clapped from a particular spot. There are PCs with internet connection. New song books for preschool children have been ordered. There is a storytelling corner. Games like Scrabble and Monopoly and others are available. There is a TV for toddlers to watch. On Saturdays this section is well patronised by parents and children; however during weekdays it is virtually empty.

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During the three-month renovation of the ground floor, books on the other floors have been rearranged. Previously books were kept on different floors according to  language, namely, English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil. Now books in all languages are grouped under subjects, for example fiction books in all languages are on the same floor. The shelves are colour coded for each language and Red is for English books. This is a good concept; however readers are complaining that they have to go to different floors to get their books. On weekdays, the lending and reference sections are deserted.

The reading section is well patronised by senior citizens. A survey must be done among the regular visitors to find out what magazines they would like to read. A form could be made available for readers to propose books to be purchased.

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As one of the essential services provided by MBI to have an educated and literate population, the library must be opened at least six days a week and closed only on Mondays as was done previously. The library must be opened on Sundays to enable parents to bring their children and would also be convenient for working people. There is no point in providing facilities which are difficult to use.

The signages are only in Malay; they must be in English as well.  If the government wants to enhance proficiency of the English language they need to use it. The importance of English needs no elaboration.

PAGE (Parents Action Group for Education) which promotes the teaching of English can work together with the library and conduct activities to promote the use of English. We have to start somewhere to prop up English language skills.

Let us work together and create awareness in reading among Ipohites.

A. Jeyaraj

Security for Motorcycles Parked at Tun Razak Library

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A number of motorcycles have been stolen from the parking lot in Tun Razak Library. There is a notice on the library door warning motorcyclists of this.

The library has come up with an ingenious way to prevent theft. They have installed a railing at the parking lot with chains. Motorcyclists can secure their bikes to the chains and prevent them from being stolen.

When I was at the library, three motorcycles were parked and only one driver had secured his bike with the chain. A fourth motorcyclist came and parked his bike, but did not chain it. The library can only provide the facility; it is up to the drivers to make use of it.

Other places can also implement this system to prevent bikes from being stolen from their premises.

A. Jeyaraj

Tun Razak Library must be opened on Sundays

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Tun Razak Library is closed on Sundays and Mondays. I visit the library regularly. On weekdays most of the visitors are senior citizens reading newspapers and magazines. A number of working people have complained about the library being closed on Sundays; the day they are off work. Working parents can only bring their children to the library on Sundays. The library can attract more visitors if it is open on Sundays.

Recently a children’s playground with equipment has been constructed in the compound. This may induce parents to bring their children to read as well as play. If the library is opened on Sundays more parents would bring their children.

Library facility is one of the social services provided by MBI and it should be opened for at least six days per week and not run like a government department. If the library opens at 9am instead of 10am, maybe, students from the afternoon session can visit the library before going to school.

MBI should look into the operating hours of the library. It is meant for the public and must serve their needs. A survey can be done on those who visit the library to get their views.

Library User