In this age of broadband connections and book websites, a former storeroom has given a new lease of life to Macau's oldest bookshop. For many young people, it has also provided a one-stop gateway to the world of knowledge. Starlight Bookstore, which was founded in 1956, opened a spacious outlet especially for students last month, aiming to offer a better atmosphere for readers. 'To satisfy the demand for children's books and parents' desire to develop their kids' reading habit as a deterrent against the current gambling culture, we turned the store room into an additional outlet,' said Starlight Bookstore's general manager, Tai Jeng. 'Children are our future, so we need to develop their interest in reading at a very early age.' The new 4,000 sq ft outlet, aimed at students below the age of 14 and their parents or teachers, comprises more than 10,000 books, DVDs and CDs, and is the biggest of its kind in the city. Young people can be seen reclining on cushions scattered across the carpet, absorbed in the world of books. And storytelling volunteers will soon be recruited to inspire children's creativity and interest in books. The store also has a multi-functional hall, which can host forums and competitions for students. Primary school students Thomas Ho, eight, and his sister Prisella, six, were among the first customers at the bookstore. 'I like reading scientific books while my sister likes fairy tales, such as Snow White,' said Thomas. 'The bookstore is big and cosy, and I like it very much.' Their mother, Flora U Lok-peng, said she was impressed by the variety of books. 'Every parent hopes their child grows up to be a successful person, so I encourage my kids to read more and find out what they like,' said Ms U.