I would really like for everyone in KK to check out the Sabah State Library (‘SSL‘) at Suria Sabah. It is on the 4th Floor, I believe just above the Times Bookstore. Though the space is smaller and the books are less, there are still quite a wide range of reading materials worth checking out.
Two weeks ago, from the 1st – 9th September, SSL organised a book fair at Suria.
It was not as grand as the Popular Book Fest at KLCC but it was a commendable effort.
There was even a blood donation drive, which I was happy to participate.
At the moment, I am checking out a few past issues of the ‘Astronomy‘ and am quite astounded by the developments in the field. I have really not expanded my learnings in that field since SPM. And looking at the recent UPSR Science paper, I realise that I don’t have the planetary system in order!
An article in the ‘Astronomy‘ of December 2011, entitled ‘Mercury Planet of Fire and Ice‘ (page 28), piqued my interest. It made me think about Mars and the old Swazzeneggar movie ‘Total Recall‘ until I read, ‘…The fact that astronomers even debate the existence of ice on the planet nearest the Sun points to Mercury’s strangeness. Afterall, noontime temperatures on Mercury can reach 800° Fahrenheit (427° Celcius)….’
Wait a minute! Mercury….Mars! I mixed up the two planets in my mind….. Now I remember!
Really, I must brush up on my astronomy, at least on our planetary system. And there are very unnerving, though quite amazing, pics of a black hole eating a star. And also a snippet about Nasa’s spacecraft Juno which was launched on 5th August 2012, embarking on a 5-year trip to the solar system’s largest planet, Jupiter (Greek mythology here : Juno, the wife of Jupiter).
And there are more….
So, for those in KK who has not visited the dear library for a long, long, time, last week was Amnesty Week, a good time to send in your long overdue books. I’m not sure about this week, though. I think this is the second Amnesty Week for this year.
Hooray! They need to do this more often and make proper announcement.
I hope the new building, somewhere near to the Perdana Park in Tanjung Aru, will be the best library that can be made – you know, with nice facilities, friendly staff, good books, etc, etc… my list is endless…..
Kota Kinabalu Travel Guide (2012)