Updated: 03/11/2014 00:15

NLB's new libraries and reading programme

NLB's new libraries and reading programme

The National Library Board or NLB will be setting up an Early Literacy Library in April. 

Sited in Jurong Regional Library, this new library will house a collection of 60,000 books and audio-visual materials in the four official languages. 

It'll cater to children aged six years old and below. 

Minister of State for Communications Sim Ann announced this at the Committee of Supply debate today. 

The new library will also have an area set aside for toddlers aged three and below. 

There, parents can participate in special programmes where they'll learn to interact with their children through simple songs and rhymes. 

Ms Sim adds that the NLB will be reinforcing efforts to promote reading among children. 

It's embarking on an initiative called Early READ. 

"In partnership with the Early Childhood Development Agency, the NLB will be introducing a comprehensive reading framework and toolkit for teachers and parents to start reading to their children as early as possible." 

The NLB is also working with community groups and welfare organisations such as the Singapore Children's Society and Mendaki, to distribute reading kits to children who are not enrolled in pre-schools. 

On top of this, Ms Ann announced the opening of two more libraries. 

The newly-renovated Sembawang Library on the fifth floor of the Sun Plaza will be ready in the third quarter of the year. 

Its design may cater to the youth but there'll also be furnishings to promote inter-generational learning. 

Another - the library@orchard at the new Orchard Gateway development at Somerset - will be opened in the later half of the year. 

This library will boast an innovative design based on feedback from the community on features to be incorporated.

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