Cultivating good reading habits among children is a healthy practice. This is something that should start from the youngest age possible and not all preschools will teach them to do so. Libraries today are a lot more modern than before where there are digital collections, new media and events. So which are the best libraries you should bring your children to? We list out the top 5.
National Library of Malaysia – Unknown to many, the National Library of Malaysia has one of the most comprehensive collection of children books. There are many programmes like reading workshops, storytelling, holiday events and competitions for members. Membership is free of charge and has a large space for kids to sit around where each member can borrow up to 3 books for duration of 3 weeks.
KL Children’s Library – Located in the city centre of Kuala Lumpur, the KL Children’s Library is strategically located in Dataran Merdeka where children can enjoy a wide range of reading material while there are all types of programmes as well. Besides that, there are board games, computer classes and even puppet shows on special occasions. Registration is RM6 and RM10 per year. Members can borrow up to 3 books for 2 weeks.
Raja Tun Uda Library – For a contemporary literary experience, the Raja Tun Uda library in Shah Alam near the Sultan Abdul Aziz Golf Club is the ideal place. Books are quite new here while there are specific zones like Creative, Interactive and Cyber that offer computers and game consoles like the Xbox. Membership fees are free of charge and one can borrow up to 5 books for a 2-weeks duration.
National Science Centre – The National Science Centre in Bukit Kiara actually has a library located on the third floor which has a broad range of books and educational resources. Children below 17 years need to pay for membership of RM20 per annum which allow them to borrow 3 books for 3 weeks.
Playcentre Library – This is a non-profit library housed within a bungalow lot. It is operated by volunteers which a lot of resources and interesting literature for children of all ages. On Thursdays, there are playgroup sessions for those below 4.
Besides that, there are other notable libraries around the Klang Valley as well. This includes the KL Library TTDI in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, the Damansara Heights Public Library and the Subang Jaya Municipal Council Library located in Puchong, all of which have special children-friendly sections and collections as well as a broad range of activities and events for the young readers. So, make some time for your kids not to be too occupied or busy and start reading away!