Visiting The Children’s Library At Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia

I’ve started going to our National Library recently, mainly spending time at the Adult Lending section.

Children's library
Children’s Library
Children's library
Children’s Library

Last week, I brought my younger niece, whom is a book lover, to the Children Lending Section at the National Library. Her first visit to our National Library, and it went better than I could have hoped for.

12 books for 4 weeks
12 books for 4 weeks

The books are not as bad as I imagined; she found 12 books (using her sis and her new membership) to borrow without much problem. Just like the Adult Lending Section, each membership is permitted to borrow six books, up to a period of four weeks. RM 0.10/day/book penalty chargeable for late return.

Lost in her own little world
Lost in her own little world

This little cheeky thing and her sis are bookworms, and for that I am thankful. Their thirst for books are cultivated since young. Library is a “hospital” for my younger niece’s mind, and I can see pure joy when she is surrounded by lots of books. So, it’s rather easy looking after her …

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss

 

Books

Books, lots of books
Books, lots of books
Roahl Dahl spotted
Roald Dahl spotted
Roal Dahl spotted
Telling me which book to borrow next time (if she can’t make it)

English, BM, Chinese and Tamil books are available. They even have Roald Dahl’s books. My niece chose a mix of English, Chinese and BM books to borrow .. the Chinese and BM books are to help her and her sis in learning the languages.

 

The environment

The place is not conducive for quiet study.

What's the TV for?
What’s the TV for?

What with having a TV in a library?

Kids playing games
Kids playing games

And a multimedia room as well, which only encourage kids to play games.

Computer is available too
Computer is available too

There are also few PCs, and my niece created her masterpiece using Microsoft Paint.

As it was a weekday, there were not many kids in the library. Even when there were few of them, they were decently quiet. But. Not. The staff. Tsk.

 

Staff

Staff need to be whacked for loud chatting between themselves in the library. When we arrived around 12.15pm, it seems that they gathered at the Children’s Library during their lunch break. And these idiots *sorry* were chatting loudly. And those on duty were also talking loudly with each other.

Shame on them. There are ‘Keep Silence In The Library‘ posters in the library … walk the talk please.

And what is this thing about unfriendly staff at our National Library? Did they woke up on the wrong side of the bed?

 

 

Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia – Perpustakaan Kanak-kanak
Level G, 232, Jalan Tun Razak, 50572 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2687 1700

Opening hours: 10:00am to 7:00pm, Tue-Sat, 10:00am to 6:00pm Sun (Closed every Mondays and Public Holidays)

 

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Travel opens up a whole new world, which is cliche but true. I am a strong advocate for independent and solo travel. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but now live in Bangkok, Thailand, resulted from a chance encounter in 2009 with my why-are-you-Thai bf. I am now split between two countries. One country for my bf, another for the family, for the occasional weekend together.