Largest Floating Book Store Comes A-Calling
September 29, 2011 17:03 PM
PORT KLANG, Sept 29 (Bernama) -- The MV Logos Hope, a one-of-its kind ship which sails around the world as a floating library and book store, has docked at the Port Klang Cruise Centre near here.
The 132-metre long Germany-based ship that offers a selection of over 5,000 titles, will be here until Oct 23.
Logos Hope managing director Gian Walser said the ship made its maiden voyage around the world and Malaysia was the first eastern country where it had berthed.
"Our aim is to make them (books) available and affordable to everyone," he said in a press conference at the opening ceremony of the fair near here today.
The book fair was opened by Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister Senator Heng Seai Kie.
On the collection of books in Logos Hope, Walser said publishers often donated books which were removed from circulation in first-world countries after new editions were released.
"This has allowed Logos Hope to offer books at a fraction of their original cost to people in developing countries," he said.
The Logos Hope had previously docked in Penang and its next stop will be Kuching, followed by Kota Kinabalu.
Walser said about 130,000 people had so far, visited the floating book fair.
He said the ship had undertaken a wide range of aid and relief projects, which among others, included promoting awareness on education programmes and building a better future for children worldwide.
Meanwhile, Heng said, with over 45 nationalities represented on board, the Logos Hope community was regarded as a genuine expression of international goodwill and understanding.
She said the crew and the staff onboard were non-salaried volunteers which included professionals such as seafarers, nurses, teachers and cooks.
"As such, more Malaysians should take part in this goodwill journey to spread the knowledge of the various cultures," she said, adding that there were five Malaysians onboard, including a doctor.
The fair will be open to the public from 10am to 10pm from Tuesdays to Saturdays, and 3pm to 10pm on Sundays. It will be closed on Monday.
Tickets cost only RM1 and admission is free for children under 12, who are accompanied by an adult.