Book Buddies: Nurture and Culture Reading Habits among Paediatric Patients and Guardians at Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia

ENGKU CHIK, Engku Razifah and HASSAN, Noraida and MOHD RONI, Nurul Azurah and AB. MANAN, Rabiatul Adawiah and CHE HARUN, Herman Harianto and VAN ROSTENBERGHE, Amin Hans and OTHMAN, Azizah and YUSOFF, Surini (2014) Book Buddies: Nurture and Culture Reading Habits among Paediatric Patients and Guardians at Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2014 - Lyon - Libraries, Citizens, Societies: Confluence for Knowledge in Session 169 - Literacy and Reading. In: IFLA WLIC 2014, 16-22 August 2014, Lyon, France.

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Abstract

Book Buddies: Nurture and Culture Reading Habits among Paediatric Patients and Guardians at Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia

Literacy is a crucial aspect of a children's life in order to face the challenges in the information age. A literate person is who can read and has formal or informal education. Reading habits among children is hard to cultivate especially when it’s related to healthcare condition. One of the solutions to culture reading habits among paediatric patients is via bibliotherapy technique. Bibliotherapy in treating paediatric and adult patients has been long implemented in overseas. This method involves using books or reading materials to help with solving problems and coping with life changes. Hamdan Tahir Library has taken the initiative with the Book Buddies Project using bibliotherapy with paediatric patients at Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). The objectives of this project are to boost the motivation and psychology of the patients and their guardians, to instil reading habits in youngsters as well as adults and to increase the awareness about the importance of reading and library in the community. The children’s mind can be moulded through their participation in the activities held by the Library. This project has also strengthened volunteerism spirit among the library staff indirectly. The methodologies employed in this project are observation, discussion and involvement in activities. Selected reading materials and delivery of activities were based on patients’ condition. Moral support from all parties is needed to relieve pressure and pain among the young patients. This project has given the library an opportunity to expand its services at the hospital as well as nurturing compassion towards the needy group. A mobile library service will be introduced in an upcoming project as an extended of library services to paediatric patients and guardian. The contribution of library and librarians in community service can be a good way to build university reputation and create a multitasking environment among staff.

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