KUALA LUMPUR – October 8, 2019: A few weeks ago, residents in and around Taman Tun Dr Ismail were excited when they got news that the public library in their neighbourhood was going to be reopened.
They heard that the library has been given a facelift and better amenities — something to surely look forward to.
The library — the Perpustakaan Kuala Lumpur branch — was closed for two years for renovations from April 2017 until last month.
This newly-transformed library opened its doors on Sept 21 to the delight of people — young and old.
It was a welcoming sight — a bright and fresh interior with new amenities and a broader range of books.
The whole library has been enhanced with modern and vibrant aesthetics.
Adding to the makeover are expansions of the reading rooms as well as a few feature walls that are embellished with whimsical illustrations — all designed and painted by local talent Arif Rafhan Othman.
The library is also equipped with more Internet services and additional children-friendly facilities such as a gaming lounge, an art space, a music room and a movie room.
Twelve-year-old Iezzah Asmar who lives in Kota Damansara, has been frequenting the library every day since it reopened after she completed her UPSR examinations.
As an avid reader, the library is currently Iezzah’s favourite hangout where she enjoys spending an entire day reading and scouting for new literature.
Iezzah is not the only one who enjoys making use of the library. According to staff members, it has a good crowd on Friday and the weekend.
Melissa Ali, 46, loves the new interior and children-friendly space and also the fact that it has a surau on the ground floor that is easily accessible.
“The expanse of the library is safe and there are two staff members manning the counter near the entrance and my children love being there, reading books or exploring the place .”
She and her friends have given the library the thumbs-up.
“We’re waiting for the cafe to open and hope that DBKL will maintain the library well,” she remarked.