Schools urged to join mobile library

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THE Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) is urging more schools to join its mobile library service to instill a reading culture among the school communities.

DBP Officer Emi Suryaney Hj Hipny said more than 45 primary schools registered for the service but more schools should join so students could enhance their literacy skills and imagination.

The mobile library service - which uses a bus loaded with books, magazines and journals - visits schools and makes one to two-hour stops for pupils to read and borrow books. Borrowed books should be returned in two weeks when the mobile library service returns to the school.

The Katimahar Primary School, Bengkurong Primary School and Freda Radin Primary School are the latest addition to the mobile library service.

She said there has been no request from schools in Brunei-Muara district since but noted that rehabilitation centres and hospital departments at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital have requested for their visit.

There are five mobile libraries available to cater to schools in all four districts.

Emi Suryaney said nine schools in the Tutong district were registered for the mobile service and 11 primary schools in Temburong district. “We add new books four times a year, Brunei-Muara district has about 2,000 plus books now and about 1,000 books for each mobile library for the other districts,” she said.

Schools can write to the Director of DBP to request for the service, said Emi Suryaney.

“We will do a background research to see the relevance of providing the service because sometimes the location of the schools are very near to one of our library branches so due to the packed schedule for mobile librariy in Brunei-Muara we will advise the school to visit our branches instead,” said the DBP officer.

The Brunei Times