SEREMBAN: If the number of visitors to the state’s public library is anything to go by, it would be safe to say that the reading habit among the locals here has seen a significant increase.
Negri Sembilan State Public Library Corporation (NSPLC) director, Jamilah Katis said the state’s library has been receiving overwhelming numbers of visitors over the years.
“Based on our statistics, for the past two years, the number of visitors has increased by 12.3 per cent, from 298,655 in 2015 to 335,430 visitors last year. We see this as a positive development – an indication that many people have returned to books and pick up the reading habit,” she said.
She added various programmes have been carried out over the years to promote reading habits among the public.
“We have gone to the ground, co-organising variety programmes with other agencies including schools to cultivate the reading culture among the public. Our programmes were not only opened to students but also to the general public.
“The responses have been tremendously positive with many people, including those living in the rural area, joining. NSPLC will continue to improve the quality of our services which will include diversifying our physical and digital collections,” she said.
Among the programmes held were reading campaigns, book donations as well as the setting up of mobile libraries in rural areas.
The latest, Pesta Buku Negri Sembilan 2017, which kicked off today is expected to draw a large crowd with visitors from the bordering states expected to swarm the annual event.
Taking place at Mydin Mall Seremban 2, the event will be held until April 2 from 10am to 10pm.
“Various activities will be held during the four-day event, which will also include the launch of new books and appearances by popular personalities,” she said.