Best child-friendly libraries in Singapore that will make your kid want to read

January 15, 2019
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    Singapore’s largest mall library just opened on Jan 12, 2019, at Vivocity’s third floor.  Besides its gorgeous views, it has a cool children’s section, which offers paper crafting activities and word puzzles, as well as augmented reality books. Watch our video here.

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  • Central Public Library
    2 / 6 Central Public Library

    The dedicated kids area — My Tree House — is the first green library in the world for children. 

    This eco-friendly space teaches them about environmental literacy and awareness. 

    There’s also the Weather Stump, which tells weather data, and the Knowledge Tree where kids can learn about environmental issues through shadow play. 

    Where: #B1-01 National Library, 100 Victoria St, Singapore 188064

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  • Woodlands Regional Library
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    Don’t miss the Asian Children’s Literature collection here which features books on Asian culture and heritage.

    It holds about 8,000 items (including rare publications dating back to the 1900s) and you can occasionally find thematic exhibitions (they had one on famous Japanese folktales earlier this year, pictured) and exciting activity corners to go along with it.  

    Where: Woodlands Regional Library, 900 South Woodlands Dr, Singapore 730900

    Related: How to choose books for children

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  • Geylang East Public Library
    4 / 6 Geylang East Public Library

    Besides having an awesome Children’s Section, this nature-themed library also has a cool Babies Corner and a Green Reading Space. They also hold fun and interactive parent-child programmes regularly for you to bond with your little ones, as well as storytelling sessions in English and Mandarin. 

    Get updates on these enriching events here

    Where: Geylang East Public Library, 50 Geylang East Ave 1, Singapore 389777

    Related: 5 ways to teach your child to love reading

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  • Jurong Regional Library
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    This West gem has a Early Literacy Library filled with books and educational aids for kids under three years old, and those from four to six. 

    Older kids will love the Verging All Teens (VAT) section for teenagers and youths. They have the largest collection of comics and graphic novels (pictured) among the public libraries in Singapore!

    Where: Jurong Regional Library, Jurong East Central 1, Singapore 609732

    Related: 9 books for children in Singapore

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  • Toa Payoh Public Library
    6 / 6 Toa Payoh Public Library

    Located in the heart of Toa Payoh Central, the library revamped some of its sections including Programme Zone, Teen Zone and Activity Zone last year. 

    If you look closely, you’ll find that the Children’s Section here reflects the memories of the nostalgic dragon in Toa Payoh, and the hexagonal shapes in the Baby Books’ corner are also inspired by the mosaic tiles used in the playground.

    Where: Toa Payoh Public Library, 6 Toa Payoh Central, Singapore 319191

    Related: When your kid hates reading

    This story first appeared in The Finder; additonal reporting by Stephanie Yeo

    (Photos: Facebook, National Library Board)

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