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Abandoned Phone Booths In Penang Transformed Into Cosy Library Cubicles

Abandoned Phone Booths In Penang Transformed Into Cosy Library Cubicles

The colourful mini libraries and reading corners are a hit with many despite worries about the tropical heat.

Adeline Leong

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It’s always fun to see colourful projects lining the city streets!

The old phone booths along Beach Street in George Town, Penang were given an eye-catching upgrade and were transformed into public mini-libraries.

The three colourful mini-library booths are situated right outside Balai Polis Lebuh Pantai so hopefully, vandals will not get to destroy it.

Image: George Town, Penang/ FB

The upgrades and refurbishment was an initiative by Penggerak Komuniti Muda (PEKA) with MBPP to encourage the culture of reading among the Malaysian public.

Visitors will find reading materials such as books, Penang Monthly publications and Buletin Mutiara newspapers in the booths.

The public is encouraged to donate books for others to read too. To make it even more convenient, there are charging points and built-in lighting for night reading as well.

There’s a reading nook, charging port and built-in lighting too. Image: George Town, Penang/ FB

While the reception has been largely positive, some netizens are worried that the reading materials will be damaged by rain.

Fortunately, there’s good news about this. A netizen shared that the polycarbonate sliding door of the bookcases managed to keep the reading materials dry and protected from the elements.

Visitors are allowed to take books home with them to read. However, they’re also reminded to return the books once they’re done reading.

It’s all to make sure that it’ll be an enjoyable reading experience for everyone.

Here’s to hoping we’ll see more beautiful and useful public projects. Perhaps they could do something to alleviate the heat in the mini library booths in the future.

You can read at night too thanks to the built-in lighting. Image: Green Hero/ FB

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