Firstly, I've always been a "Minah Library". During my secondary school years, I spent most of my time at the library as I was a pengawas perpustakaan. Likewise, during my undergraduate years, I also spent most of my time at the library; not because I wanted a quiet place to study, but more to get away from my inviting bed! My postgrad years in UM saw me going to the library almost everyday, heeding the advice of a professor to treat study leave as work. Now in Bristol, the library is still my favourite place compared to the study room because it is not too quiet. Yeah, you heard me right. Students whispering, the printer whirring, the automatic door opening and closing, etc - are not distractions at all. They helped my mind stay focus rather than wander away. Yeah, apart from shopping complexes, the place that I frequented the most is probably the library :).
Secondly, I was looking for a place to "chill out" from the hot Malaysian weather. There was the option of doing so in my institution's library, but somehow I didn't feel like it. Then, I learnt about this new library on Facebook, and within minutes I was on my way to check out the place.
|The huge library complex|
The flagship of Perbadanan Perpustakaan Awam Selangor (PPAS), the library nestled amongst the greens of the Kelab Golf Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (KGSAAS), in Section 13, Shah Alam. The library complex itself was humongous and had a splendid view :).
|Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque aka The Blue Mosque|
as seen from the library complex
The library had only been opened for about 2 weeks (22 July 2011) and judging from the few visitors that day, I presumed that not many locals were aware of its existence. Then again, most people were probably working ... :P
The frontliners were friendly. As the the staff have yet to come-up with the library brochure, they asked me to take my time to explore the place. I was given a small uncang (drawstring bag) to put in my shoes as the library zones were fully-carpeted. Then, off I went doing what I do best - exploring every nook and corner a la reporter Majalah 3... Hehehe!
There were 6 levels altogether. Each level was designated for a particular age-group or function.
|View of the levels from the ground floor|
|View of the levels from the 4th floor|
I had the chance to pray at the surau on the lower ground floor. Pretty standard for a surau, though I did wish that the women's praying area was not too open. There were separate ablution areas for both men and women and the toilets were just outside the surau. Other facilities as stated on the notice board were still under renovations.
The ground floor's main attractions were the Mini 3D and 6D Theaters. I was told by the staff that they were having a 6D simulation at around 2.00 - 2.30 pm, the day I was there. However, I missed it. I will definitely not miss it the next time I come :). Never experienced 6D in my life! Can't imagine being in a theatre that stimulates all your 6 senses! Must be loads of fun! Even the 4D shows that I paid to see in Madame Tussaud and the London Eye Theatre were pretty unforgetable .... and PPAS is having a 6D one! How awesome is that?? :)
Another attraction was the reading garden. - a sure hit for kids and adults alike. Look at the pictures below and you'll know why... :)
|Fancy reading a book under a tree?? |
Just like what you use to do in your kampung...
pix credit: Mimma Sayuti
|Kids nowadays are so lucky! :)|
Pix credit: Mimma Sayuti
|What you can find on the 1st Floor :) ...|
|2nd Floor ...|
|3rd Floor ...|
|4th Floor ...|
All the levels have some standard features such as TV lounge, IT station, book collection, reading / working area, sitting area, discussion rooms and service counter.
|Reading / working area next to the|
|The main reading / working area with sofas for|
visitors to unwind
|The open collection of books|
|Soothing view of the greens from this side of the IT section|
The IT section has a horse-shoe layout. It has several Macs and probably PCs, too. One has to pay to use the services. I would say that the pricing was pretty reasonable, considering that the hardware were all brand new.
What I liked about this library was that it has lots of sitting areas with seats of various designs to suit all age-groups.
|The sitting area on the ground floor. Suitable for a group of people |
or family to lepak while reading or working on their laptops :)
|My sons would probably love this!|
Their own private cocoon :)
|Another sitting area on the first floor |
with a nice view of the lake and the blue mosque
There were 2 mini gyms in the library. The women's gym was on the third floor while the men's, on the fourth. My kind of place :). Only 3 exercise machines, you say? That cross-trainer is good enough for me, and hubs would be happy to jump on that treadmill anytime :D. Not so sure whether you have to pay to use this facility. But even if you have to, I bet it won't be as expensive as those commercial gyms in Subang Jaya.
In case you were wondering whether you can buy some snacks here, the cafe will probably be opened after Ramadhan. Looking forward for the other facilities to start operating as well, in a few months time! :D.
Plus points aside, I feel that the library needs to stock-up on books. The existing collection is quite limited but hey, there's always room for improvement :)
Well Shah Alam city dwellers, go check this cool place. The library is open from 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., daily this Ramadhan. It is closed on public holidays. If you ask me, not your typical, boring library :).
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When I told hubs via skype, he cheekily queried: "Ini projek kerajaan mana ni??"
Tak kisahlah... janji rakyat didahulukan ... kan? kan? kan? :P