Sunday, September 16, 2007

Hidden treasures in the shelves

"Life happened because I turned the pages" .
With the advent of the internet and modern technology, you might say that books are already outdated and should only be confined to the museums but a visit to the public library may let you think otherwise.

Venture through the shelves and get lost in the wonders of the world of literature, with a vast selection of reading materials from the six sections containing treasures that can drown you with its wealth of knowledge. The books are classified into the Reference Books, Fiction, non-fiction, Micro-Pacific, the Circulation and the Children’s section, which is a whole separate world of its own with small tables and chairs to make the kids comfortable. In this section children can loose themselves into the worlds of fairytales and fables and famous children’s books. Books from the Reference Section like dictionaries, encyclopedia sets and the like can’t be taken out of the library.

The library also boasts of a collection of various magazines and newspapers. The “shoes and sandals off” policy and the carpeted floor eliminates unnecessary noise to give readers the silence and privacy they need.
I felt the old pang of being a bookworm creep into my system once again as I hungrily browsed through the shelves, itching to take home some books and bury myself in them without thinking of deadlines or work. Before my interview was over, I became the latest library card holder and came home with three books.
Librarian Bedebii Sadang said that to avail of the library services, students and adults are required to pay a very minimal fee to get a lifetime membership card. This card, Sadang says, entitles a member to borrow up to five books at a time for two weeks. Sadang said that presently, there are 1,713 library card holders and this is a mix of students and people from the community. The library, which was opened to the public in its new building in 2002 also offers computer access to its members.

It is located beside the Ministry of Education office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. Stop by and spend a few minutes to read. Its rewards will last for a lifetime!

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