In our good books
Each public library in Singapore has its own identity and so do their kids’ sections. Here are some of the best ones to visit with your little ones on a lazy weekend afternoon. Think interactive activities, thematic exhibitions, and more!
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.
#B1-01 National Library, 100 Victoria St, Singapore 188064
NEXT: Woodlands Regional Library →
Don’t miss the Asian Children’s Literature (ACL) 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 and exciting activity corners to go along with it.
900 South Woodlands Dr, Singapore 730900
NEXT: 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.
50 Geylang East Ave 1, Singapore 389777
NEXT: Jurong Regional Library →
This west side gem has an 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. Plus, in collaboration with the Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore, the library has a dedicated space and equipment for on-site tinkering. Check out their workshops that cover technology and non-technology topics, suitable for users of all ages.
Fun fact: They’ve also got the largest collection of comics and graphic novels among the public libraries in Singapore!
21 Jurong East Central 1, Singapore 609732
NEXT: Toa Payoh Public Library →
This library has a Programme Zone, Early Literacy Section, Teen Zone and Activity Zone. If you look closely, you’ll find that the Children’s Section here reflects the memories of the nostalgic dragon playground in Toa Payoh (this one!), and the hexagonal shapes in the Baby Books’ corner are also inspired by the mosaic tiles used in the playground.
6 Toa Payoh Central, Singapore 319191
NEXT: Central Public Library →
P.S. Ready to bring your kids to these reading nooks? Find out how you can get a library membership in Singapore here.
By Muneerah Bee, last updated August 2017 / Updated by Melodi Ghui, May 2019
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