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: library@harbourfront →
Singapore’s largest shopping mall public library opened in 2019, and boasts a collection of 200,000 volumes, conducive spaces and enhanced spaces to suit all learning and reading needs. Kids can look out for the Children’s Zone, which enables young readers to learn through technology. Plus, don’t miss the first-ever maker space for children aged three to nine, as well as Augmented Reality books that bring stories to life.
1 Harbourfront Walk #03-05 (Lobby F) VivoCity, 098585
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: Tampines Regional Library →
First opened in 1994 at Tampines Avenue 7, Tampines Regional Library is now located at Our Tampines Hub, close to Tampines MRT station and bus interchange.
Currently, its 10,900 square metres boasts five floors of dedicated reading and interactive spaces for all ages. Look out for easy access to hundreds of kids’ books at its Early Literacy floor, specially designed for parents and children. Browse for books based on covers and not its spines!
Plus, kids can also play at its indoor playground, too.
1 Tampines Walk, #02-01 Our Tampines Hub, 528523
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, July 2019
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