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7 Kid-Friendly Libraries In KL And Selangor To Bring Your Kids Before School Holiday Ends

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Farah Fazanna •  Sep 08, 2022

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You’ve visited all the parks, and shopping malls and running out of ideas on how to entertain your kids this school holiday? Well, how about libraries? Yes, that’s right! Long gone are the days when libraries are considered stuffy places where it’s only for adults. There are plenty of kid-friendly libraries in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor where there is endless entertainment for your kiddos! Check out the list below!Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://bit.ly/3LnFN1F

1. National Library of Malaysia

If you grew up in Kuala Lumpur, chances are you have been to this library. Now it’s time to bring your kids here! The library offers activities like group readings, storytelling, school holiday programmes and competitions. Your kids will never get bored! The National Library is also filled with plenty of facilities such as a cafeteria, auditorium, children’s theatre, exhibition hall, and more. Parking is free, with several special spots reserved only for female visitors.Fun fact: The National Library is one of the oldest libraries in Malaysia. Its doors were first opened back in 1956 – one year before the declaration of Independence!Membership Fee: Free.Address: 232, Jalan Tun Razak, 50572 Kuala Lumpur.Opening hours: 10 am – 5 pm (Tuesday - Saturday). Closed on Sunday, Monday and public holidaysContact: 03-2687 1700WebsiteFacebook | Instagram

2. The Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur Library

Credit: Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur on websiteIf you or your kids are interested to learn more about Japanese history or culture, then head over to the JFKL Library where there is a wide range of materials on Japan including books, magazines, comics, musical CDs and DVDs. With such extensive resources at your fingertips, even the most enthusiastic Japanophile is sure to be satisfied. And yes, they do have a manga section! Open to members and non-members alike, the JFKL Library offers a comfy environment that’s perfect for studying and quiet reading. They also host special workshops and events every month or so, so keep an eye out.Membership fee: RM10 (annual membership fee)Address: 18th Floor, Northpoint, Block B, Mid Valley City, No 1, Medan Syed Putra. 59200, Kuala Lumpur.Opening hours: 10 am – 5 pm (Tuesday - Saturday). Closed on Sunday, Monday and public holidaysWebsite

3. Raja Tun Uda Library

Based on the idea of a ‘library in a park’, the Raja Tun Uda Library is the perfect weekend hangout spot for your little ones. Located in Sekyen 13, Shah Alam, a breathtaking view of a lake and green lawns, the library paints the perfect picture to relax and curl up with a good book after a long week. There is the Children’s Creative Zone, a reading area where it’s been specially designed for younger kids. They can sit under the ‘Reading Tree’ or enjoy one of the plush and comfy bean bags. There are also Lego sets, video games and even a 6D movie theatre! Membership fee: Free.Address: Jalan Kelab Golf 13/6, Seksyen 13, 40100 Shah Alam, Selangor.Opening hours: 9 am - 6 pm (Daily). Closed on public holidays.Contact: 03-5519 7667Website

4. Islamic Arts Museum Children’s Library

As Southeast Asia’s largest museum of Islamic art, the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is well known for its educational galleries and exhibitions. But did you know that they also have a children’s library? Aside from books on Islam and Islamic arts, the Children’s Library also has books on other interesting subjects such as science, art, and history as well as more traditional children’s books from authors such as Eric Carle and Dr Seuss.  The Children’s Library organises a weekly storytelling and arts & crafts workshop for children between 4 to 12 years old. Check out their schedule to discover their weekly themes or register and become a member of CLiP (Children’s Library Passport) today!Membership Fee: Free for children six years and under (as museum’s entry fee.)Borrowing Conditions: Books are not allowed to be taken out of the premises.Address: Jalan Lembah, Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala LumpurContact: 03-2274 2020Opening hours: 9.30am - 6pm (Daily)Website

5. Playcentre Library

Credit: Playcentre Library on FacebookBased in a humble bungalow house, the Playcenter Library can be considered a hidden gem for book-loving parents. It may not look too fancy from the outside, but the shelves here are filled with storybooks and reading materials meant for young children. They even have old copies of Kuntum magazines! With more than 26,000 titles in both English and Bahasa Malaysia, Playcenter Library is the perfect place to instil a love of reading into your toddlers or pre-school-aged children. They also have weekly playgroups where little ones can learn through sensory play, craft work, and storytelling.Membership fee: RM15 a year (+ RM1 registration fee).Opening hours: 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm (Saturday) Address: No. 18, Jalan 6/6, 46000 Petaling Jaya.Contact: 03-7781 7813Website

6. CLiC Libary

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The CLiC Library in Bandar Baru Sentul is a spacious, colourful library with plush cushions and a comfy environment to get some reading done. If your kids need to use the computer, there is a Chrome lab with 41 laptops donated by YTL Foundation. There is also an exhaustive array of fiction and non-fiction books that are placed on clearly labelled shelves.Membership fee: Free.Borrowing Conditions: 3 books for 2 weeks.Opening hours: 10.00am-4.45pm (Tuesday-Sunday); Closed on Monday, the first weekend of the month, and public holidays.Address: Bandar Baru Sentul, Level 2, Kompleks Perniagaan & Komuniti, Bandar Baru Sentul, 51000 Kuala Lumpur.Contact: 03-4041 0981Facebook 

7. Anggerik Mokara Library

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Here’s another library for those living in Shah Alam! Fully managed bby the Shah Alam City Council, the library has a modern design with bright splashes of primary colours to attract young kiddos!Membership Fee: Adult (membership fee RM15, yearly fee RM5);  Teenager 12 to 21 years old (membership fee RM10, yearly fee RM5);  Child 5 to 12 years old (membership fee RM5, yearly fee RM5); Free for child below 5 years old, OKU and Senior citizens.Borrowing conditions: 6 books for 3 weeks.Address: Jalan Utarid U5/9, Taman Mutiara Subang, 40150 Shah Alam, Selangor.Opening hours: 9.00am – 5.00pm (Monday-Thursday); Closed on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.Contact: 03 7859 9903Facebook    Looking for more kid-friendly ideas? Check out our articles here: