Excited citizens of Sibu are counting the days to the grand opening of Swan City’s brand-new Pustaka Negeri Sarawak Sibu building, a.k.a Pustaka Sibu. The library was originally scheduled to open by the end of 2020, but due to setbacks because of COVID-19, the opening of Pustaka Sibu has now been moved to 2021. But that does not hamper the hope of Sibu’s knowledge-hungry residents. The excitement is ever present, and they simply cannot wait for the day when they can browse through rows upon rows of books at Pustaka Sibu or partake in numerous activities to be organised for the public at the new library.
While the new library building is in the midst of construction, Pustaka Negeri Sarawak is putting together an extensive collection of published books and e-books covering a wide spectrum of subjects. Among these are publications covering Sarawakiana contents (local Sarawak subjects). These, along with over 10,000 other titles, will be made available for visitors to the library to enjoy once PUSTAKA Sibu opens its doors to the public. Also alongside these publications, Pustaka Sibu is also collecting beautiful artworks from local artists to be put on display at the new library building. This will contribute to the aesthetics of the library and showcase local artistic talents to the visitors.
For now, the library is reaching out to the public in Sibu via numerous community-based activities. Some activities that were held since March 2019 include Bacaan Bersama Pemimpin, PANDei, STEM and kids activities, community talks, Sarawakiana Talk, knowledge camp and outreach programmes, knowledge sharing with senior citizens, membership drives and information literacy classes, among others.
Activities during and post-MCO/CMCO
With COVID-19 changing the way things are done now compared to before, Pustaka had to come up with new ways to render its services to the public while keeping everyone safe amidst a health crisis. Activities such as the aforementioned above are conducted online at the moment, via Pustaka’s online platforms – website as well as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube pages. Pustaka also works together with other organisations via Facebook, such as Info Sibu, Meradong Today, Buletin Julau Sarawak, TV Kabong and Sarikei Virals to better promote its services. Facebook users may register as members of Pustaka via links posted in these FB pages at no cost at all!
Surely once the Pustaka Sibu building is completed, the people of Sibu and surrounding areas will be able to fully benefit from this brand new sanctum of knowledge.