[SPM Writing] – Report on a Visit to a Book Fair

Your school librarians have attended a book fair. As the secretary, you have been asked to write a report to your Principal about the visit. In your report, you must:

  • share the details of the book fair
  • state the advantages of attending a book fair
  • give a recommendation for a better book fair in the future

Sample Answer

To: Madam Jasmine Teh Hua, The Principal of SMK Merah
From: Adleen Izreena, Secretary of SMKM School Librarians
Title: Report on the Visit to Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair

A visit to the Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair was made by a group of 10 school librarians on 25 January 2024. The latest books and resources available for the school library were explored by them.

Details of the Book Fair
The book fair was organised by the Malaysian Book Publishers Association at the Putra World Trade Centre and featured over 500 exhibitors from various countries. Some talks and workshops by local and international authors as well as publishers were also attended by the librarians.

Advantages of Attending a Book Fair
First and foremost, the librarians were exposed to a wide range of books and genres that could be considered for the school library collection. They were also able to gain more insights by connecting with other librarians and book industry celebrities. Lastly, the librarians were inspired to promote a culture of reading and learning among the students and teachers.

Recommendation for a Better Book Fair in the Future
Despite the positive experience, some drawbacks were also encountered by the librarians at the book fair. Firstly, the venue was crowded and noisy, making it difficult to browse and read the books comfortably. Secondly, the prices of some books were too high, especially for imported books. Therefore, the librarians recommend that the next book fair should be held at a bigger and quieter venue. The publishers can consider offering more discounts and incentives for bulk purchases.

In conclusion, the book fair is deemed advantageous by the librarians. It is hoped that in the future, the book fair will be more enjoyable and accessible.

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