Taman Sri Nibong RA Log

June 23, 2017

Giving Books a Second Chance

Filed under: from the editor — mollyosc @ 4:09 am
Did you know that our Book Adoption Centre (BAC) in Taman Sri Nibong has already passed its one year mark?

Book-sorting with the help of volunteers in April last year
We started this project in March 2016 because we wanted to save books that were sent for recycling to the Tzu Chi Recycling & Education Centre (Tzu Chi REC).

Tzu Chi Recycling & Education Centre in Taman Sri Nibong, Penang
where our BAC is located.
The BAC is a community project based on the idea that good books should have second lives. We’re saving them from being recycled as scrap paper and giving book-lovers an opportunity to read and contribute to charity.
Check out these milestones from our one-year journey:
  • BAC has generated RM12,000+ for Tzu Chi’s dialysis centres in Penang.
  • One generous contributor donated RM1,000 when he adopted books.
  • We were interviewed by Sin Chew newspaper – the full page article was published on 10 March this year, giving us the publicity that we need to help our books find new homes and new owners!
  • Our Facebook group has grown to almost 700 members within a year.
  • We’ve saved thousands of books from being recycled as scrap paper and given the gift of reading to hundreds of new owners!
  • Charity organisations and schools in Penang and outside of Penang have benefited when kind-hearted individuals adopted books for them. They include Jit Sin High School, House of Hope & SK Kwang Hwa.
  • A school teacher from Cameron Highlands also came to adopt books for her school library.
  • Many book lovers now a place they can come to get good reads for themselves and their children (yes, we have many good quality children’s books too)
  • Promoted BAC at Occupy Beach Street on 26 June. We couldn’t bring many books but we did get people interested in visiting BAC.
  • A Muslim lady who visited our BAC was so happy to find and adopt a Quran
  • BAC has attracted visitors from as far as Sungai Petani and Alor Setar.
  • We’ve made it possible for lower-income students to get access to PMR and SPM workbooks and reference books (we have lots of reference books too)
You may be wondering: why didn’t we call it a library instead? A library is a place where you can borrow books and later, return them. We didn’t want to be a library – we wanted books to go out to the world where they would enchant their readers and give readers a chance to donate. That’s why we called it a Book Adoption Centre. We wanted book lovers to “adopt” these books for a small donation. And if others such as rural schools or orphanages are in need of books, you can also sponsor them a bundle of books!

Brother Alan of Tzu Chi being interviewed by the reporter
from Sin Chew about the origins of BAC.
The donations from BAC go towards the Tzu Chi dialysis centres in Penang where lower-income Penangites regardless of their backgrounds can get free dialysis treatments. So this means when you adopt books from our BAC, you are helping to fund dialysis treatments for kidney patients. You are helping to fund free dialysis treatments for Malaysians who cannot afford the costly private treatments.

Books with yellow stickers are books that have been sorted.
Yellow refers to academic or reference or general knowledge books.
Our proceeds go back to Tzu Chi for two reasons.
First, our source of books come from Tzu Chi REC. Now that we have our BAC, Tzu Chi volunteers know that if they see books in the pile of recyclables contributed by the public, they will kindly put aside these books for us. On hearing that we have a BAC, two other Tzu Chi RECs (Taman Lumba Kuda and Butterworth) have been keeping their books for us too.

Sorting books that come from other Tzu Chi RECs
in Taman Lumba Kuda and Butterworth.
Second, our BAC resides inside the Taman Sri Nibong Tzu Chi REC. The Tzu Chi team has kindly provided us three cubicles to arrange, store and display the books that our volunteers have sorted. The Tzu Chi team has also helped us fix up ceiling fans and shelving for books.

Promoting BAC at Occupy Beach Street in June last year.
Two volunteers, EY Siew and Eddie Lam, together with Brother Alan from Tzu Chi, are also helping to reach out to more book lovers in other states by posting books to them. EY will promote these Chinese books on Facebook groups and to date, there has been such an overwhelming response towards the book adoption as the readers know they are also doing charity when they adopt books.

EY Siew is in charge of the Mandarin books section as he reads Chinese.
On a weekly basis, EY, Eddie and Alan will take turns to pack and courier the adopted books to adopters from KL, Melaka, Johor, Pahang and more. Book adopters will bank their donation into Tzu Chi bank accounts while bearing the cost of the courier services.

Besides English books, we also have lots of Chinese books
as well as Malay books.

Sin Chew helped us promote BAC in this full page write-up published
on 10 March 2017.
Besides these volunteers, we’d also like to thank the entire Tzu Chi REC team as well as the regulars who have helped us this whole year. We couldn’t have done it without everyone’s teamwork and help!

We need volunteers to help us arrange books on weekends.
Help us if you’re free.
More exciting plans are in store as we have plans to make BAC more conducive for children and adults with proper reading facilities.
How You Can Help

Join us as a volunteer and help us grow BAC and the love of reading!
Tell your friends about our dedicated Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/TSN…)
where we keep everyone updated on books that come in! Tell friends to bring their old books to BAC. Don’t throw them away! Tell teachers about BAC so that they can help lower-income students get reference books. Adopt books for a school, library, orphanage or for poor families with children. Help sort and arrange books on weekends. Even 1 hour of your time would do! Share this document on your FB page.
TSN BAC @ Tzu-Chi Recycle & Education Center, Lebuh Bukit Kecil 1, Taman Sri Nibong, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang. >>>> Map: https://goo.gl/maps/UH7M5mMwMEQ2
Opening hours: As BAC is located within Tzu Chi REC, it is open when Tzu Chi REC is open which is Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 5pm.
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