Belait library installs book lending electronic kiosks

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ELECTRONIC kiosks for borrowing books have been installed at Kg Pandan's Library to mark World Book Day last week.

The new “self-loan” stations allow library members to borrow and return books themselves without using a card.

Assistant Librarian at Kg Pandan Zaiton Hj Nafi said the installations would help spur more readership, which she says has increased recently.

“Our library as well as others have also moved beyond just offering books to be borrowed, as we host many activities for children in the community, especially during school holidays,” she said.

For this year's World Book Day, six secondary and primary schools in Belait, including Panaga Primary School and Sayydina Ali Secondary School, were invited to Kg Pandan's Library.

From 9am to 2pm last Thursday, students were familiarised with content from local writers and quizzed on spelling, Malay language and books.

Winners were given stationery, books and a copy of the Language and Literature Bureau's (DBP) Mekar magazine.

“Each school was represented by 15 students, who participated in up to six activities. For many of the students, this was their first time to the library, so we got an opportunity to brief them about what the terms and conditions of a membership are,” she added.

DBP has been celebrating World Book Day since 2012, with this year's theme titled “Buku Sumber Inspirasiku” (Books As My Source of Inspiration).

In a statement issued by the DBP on World Book Day, the observance is aimed at cultivating reading habits, enlivening libraries and promote life-long learning.

The Brunei Times