I am writing in response to a letter, ‘Public crucial to fostering reading culture: DBP’, published in the Opinion page of the Bulletin on October 29 by saying that I agree with the authority that the public has just as much of a role to play in ensuring that the future generation finds joy in the written word.
There is currently a movement in the West where people set up mini libraries in residential areas. These libraries are no bigger than a small bookshelf, and residents are encouraged to bring read books to replace the ones they plan to take home.
There used to be such a shelf in a local commercial building but was removed shortly afterwards. Was it due to poor reception?
As an avid reader, the concept of a mini library is great as it allows me to explore authors that I wouldn’t otherwise consider, while sharing books that I have enjoyed with others, anonymously.
I do hope to see the return of the shelf at that commercial building, as well as seeing more of them in other popular shopping complexes.
Like the authority has said, public participation is instrumental in moulding a nation of readers. Why not start with mini libraries?