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A Librarian’s World - Cover to Content: Magazines from the National Library’s Legal Deposit


Published on : 23 Mar 2017

A Librarian’s World - Cover to Content: Magazines from the National Library’s Legal Deposit
Thursday, 27 April 2017    
7.00pm – 8.00pm Level 5, Imagination Room  

National Library Building 100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064

Ever wondered what librarians do? In this series of monthly talks, find out what makes our librarians tick as they share highlights of their work from the collections of the National Library.

Magazines and periodicals not only inform us about developments in areas such as leisure and trends, but may also be materials for serious reference and research. Do you remember the magazines you used to read in the ’80s? Or are you curious to discover the types of magazines your parents or grandparents read?
 
Spend a nostalgic hour with us as Senior Librarian Barbara Quek shares about local magazines from yesteryear and shows us how the magazine format in Singapore has evolved over time. Don’t miss this opportunity to see first-hand the maiden issues of titles such as Automobile Sports, Cathay Cinenews, Her World, New Directions, The Food Paper, The Journal of the Singapore Society of Architects, The Scholiast and Trackline!

About the Speaker
Barbara Quek is from the National Library’s Advocacy & Statutory Functions team in the Content & Services Division. Her team oversees the compliance of Legal Deposit in Singapore – a statutory function of the National Library that enables the library to collect and preserve all works by Singapore writers, producers and publishers as part of Singapore’s heritage. For more information about Legal Deposit, please visit nlb.gov.sg/Deposit.

Barbara also selects materials from donor collections as well as gift and exchange titles for the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library.

She co-wrote the article, ‘The Value of Print Literacy in the Education of Young Children in Singapore’ (2003), which was published in The International Journal of the Book, and authored a story on her alma mater, Methodist Girls’ School, titled ‘MGS memories at 11 Mount Sophia’, for the National Library’s BiblioAsia.

Free admission. Please register at the library eKiosks or http://www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary2/e/a-librarians-world-cover-to-content-magazines-from-the-national-librarys-legal-deposit-collection-13811561


Be a part of our efforts to enrich a classic Singapore publication


Published on : 17 Mar 2017

Be a part of our efforts to enrich a classic Singapore publication

 

Announcing a new publication by the National Library Board that takes the classic 1923 text and updates it with annotations and recent research on the lives and times of various Chinese personalities in early Singapore. Visit BookSG at http://bit.ly/2jzQiGo to read the digital copy.

We invite the public to participate and enrich this book by contributing relevant information and photographs on the Citizen Archivist website at www.nas.gov.sg/citizenarchivist.

 

 

 

 

 

Book Synopsis

Since its publication in 1923, Sir Song Ong Siang’s One Hundred Years’ History of the Chinese in Singapore has become the standard biographical reference of prominent Chinese in early Singapore, at least in the English language. This fact would have surprised Song who saw himself primarily as a compiler of historical and biographical snippets. This annotated edition by the Singapore Heritage Society takes Song’s classic text and updates it with detailed annotations of sources that Song himself might have consulted, and includes more recent scholarship on the lives and times of various personalities who are mentioned in the original book. This annotated edition is commissioned and published by the National Library Board, Singapore

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National Library Speaker Series: From Humble Beginnings to CEO of Singapore’s Largest Homegrown Real Estate Agency


Published on : 9 Mar 2017

National Library Speaker Series: From Humble Beginnings to CEO of Singapore’s Largest Homegrown Real Estate Agency

Friday, 21 April 2017

7.00pm – 9.00pm

Level 16, The Pod

National Library Building

100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064

*For access to The Pod, please proceed to lift lobby opposite the information counter at Level 1

 

 

The National Library regularly hosts renowned speakers from the arts, heritage, technology and social sciences to exchange and enrich ideas across communities.

From the age of 7, Mr Ismail Gafoor had to deliver newspapers in the morning as well as help his father at the grocery store after school. At 20, he joined the Singapore Armed Forces, where he was exposed to a world of opportunities and information that eventually led to his first property purchase.

Join Mr Ismail Gafoor as he shares his success story, from his humble beginnings to becoming one of the region's most sought-after real estate experts.

About the Speaker
Mr Ismail Gafoor, CEO of P&N Holdings and PropNex Realty Pte Ltd, Singapore’s largest home-grown real estate company, is an investor, entrepreneur and a success coach to many Million-dollar Club Producers in the real estate arena. The author of three best-selling books and recipient of numerous distinguished awards such as the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year (Spirit of Enterprise, Nexia-TS), Ismail Gafoor is a firm believer in training and lifelong learning.


Free admission. Please register at the library eKiosks or http://www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary2/e/from-humble-beginnings-to-ceo-of-singapores-largest-homegrown-real-estate-agency-25238653

 



Sign up for the public talk on Shakespeare’s First Folio!


Published on : 9 Mar 2017

Sign up for the public talk on Shakespeare’s First Folio!

Comedies, Histories and Tragedies: Public Talk

Sunday, 26 March 2017

11.00am – 12.00pm

Level 16, The Pod

National Library Building

 

The first edition of William Shakespeare’s collected plays was published in 1623. This is commonly known as the First Folio and is one of the most iconic and valuable books in the world. In “Comedies, Histories and Tragedies”, Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian, will be joined by Professor Rhodri Lewis from the University of Oxford to explain why the First Folio matters. They will discuss the history of the Bodleian Library’s two copies of the First Folio and, using Hamlet as a guide, explain how the Folio helps us understand Shakespearean drama.


Admission is free. Please visit our library eKiosks or click here to register.

 

Comedies, Histories and Tragedies: Show and Tell

Sunday, 26 March 2017

1.00pm – 5.00pm

Level 10, Gallery

National Library Building

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to view one of the world’s most famous and valuable books first-hand. Find out more about the First Folio as Richard Ovenden and Professor Rhodri Lewis from the University of Oxford share interesting trivia and stories about the book and answer your questions on the Folio.

 

Admission is free.


About the Speakers

Richard Ovenden is Bodley’s Librarian, the senior Executive Officer for the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford. He is also a Professorial Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, and writes and researches in the history of the book and the history of photography. He has previously worked at the House of Lords, the National Library of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh. He serves on the Board of the Consortium of European Research Libraries and was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2015.


Rhodri Lewis is Professor of English Literature and Director of Ertegun House at the University of Oxford. He is the author of many books and articles on literary and intellectual history from 1500 to 1800, including Hamlet and the Vision of Darkness, which will be published by Princeton University Press later this year.

 

 



View key findings from NLB’s 2016 National Reading Habits Study on Adults


Published on : 7 Mar 2017

View key findings from NLB’s 2016 National Reading Habits Study on Adults
Learn more about NLB’s study on adults’ reading habits in our 2016 National Reading Habits Study on Adults.


The Former Ford Factory has reopened with a new exhibition, Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and its Legacies


Published on : 22 Feb 2017

The Former Ford Factory has reopened with a new exhibition, Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and its Legacies

The Former Ford Factory has reopened with a new exhibition, Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and its Legacies.

 

Click here for directions and more details.



Research Fellowship 2017 Sharing


Published on : 21 Feb 2017

Research Fellowship 2017 Sharing

Research Fellowship 2017 Sharing

Date: 28 March 2017

Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm

Venue: Level 1, Visitors’ Briefing Room, 100 Victoria Street, National Library Building, Singapore 188064

 

Join us on 28 March as the research fellows of the Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship and George Lyndon Hicks Fellowship for Southeast Asia Collections share the findings from their research.

Admission is free. Please click here to register.

The Lee Kong Chian (LKC) Research Fellowship (LKCRF) aims to facilitate new research and publications about Singapore and Southeast Asian culture, economy and heritage. This will enrich the Asia-centric collections and resources of the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library at the National Library, Singapore. Since 2005, the LKC Research Fellowship has been awarded to a total of 53 fellows, whose research topics range from colonial history to social history.

The George Lyndon Hicks Fellowship for Southeast Asia Collections (GLHF) was set up with the aim of developing the National Library, Singapore's (NLS) collections on Singapore and Southeast Asia. This would in turn enrich the Asia-centric collections and resources of the NLS. Through the GLHF, the NLS seeks to foster partnerships with collectors worldwide. 

About the Speakers

Dr David Clinnick (George Lyndon Hicks Fellow)

Topic: Contributions made by Michael Tweedie, the former director of the Raffles Museum, to the field of human prehistory and the archaeological record of Southeast Asia.

Bio: Dr David Clinnick is an honorary research fellow in Archaeology at Durham University. He has been conducting research and developing the National Library, Singapore’s collection on the contributions made by Michael Tweedie, former director of the Raffles Museum, to the field of human prehistory and the archaeological record of Southeast Asia. Tweedie was the first museum director after the war, and as a scientist, he conducted many archaeological excavations in Malaya and wrote many books on its early history.  

 

Dr Henry Chong Ren Jie (Lee Kong Chian Research Fellow)

Topic: Small- and medium-sized Chinese business firms in pre-war Singapore

Bio: Hailing from Malaysia, Dr Henry Chong obtained his PhD from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2015. His thesis explores the inter-relation between a Chinese family firm and Chinese family using the Nanyang Brothers Tobacco Company and the Jian family as case studies.

 

Dr Ivana Prazic (Lee Kong Chian Research Fellow)

Topic: Travelling Theologies: Confucian Reformists and Scholars across the Straits of Malacca

Bio: Originating from Serbia, Ivana Prazic will share her findings on the religion-based encounters between Chinese intellectuals across the Straits of Malacca at the turn of the 20th century. Prazic recently completed her PhD thesis, Cheng Ho-Related Piety in Post-New Order Indonesia: Theologies of Emancipation, with the Asian Studies Program at the University of Sydney, Australia.


 



A Librarian's World – The National Library’s Music Collection


Published on : 15 Feb 2017

A Librarian's World – The National Library’s Music Collection

Thursday, 30 March 2017

7.00pm – 8.00pm

Level 5, Imagination Room

National Library Building
100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064

 

Ever wondered what librarians do? In this series of monthly talks, find out what makes our librarians tick as they share highlights of their work from the collections of the National Library.

 

Join us for a journey through our Singapore music collection – featuring Sharmini Chellapandi and Joy Loh from the National Library.

Find out more about our collection’s music materials including handwritten scores, iconic magazines as well as other works by music personalities and prominent groups in Singapore from the 1970s to the present.

Plus, get access to all forms of published Singapore musical works through the digital archive MusicSG. The National Library’s music collection is part of Singapore’s musical heritage and provides insights into the creative and social influences that have played a part in our country’s social history.

About the Speakers:
Sharmini Chellapandi manages the Arts team, which encompasses literary, visual and performing arts, at the National Library. She enjoys reading and listening to music and has discovered a wealth of published and unpublished treasures since joining the National Library. She is the author of What A Stupid Question! (2006), written partly to satiate her curiosity about the world.

Joy Loh is an Associate Librarian with the National Library. She manages and develops the library’s performing arts collection and oversees the digital archive MusicSG. She also has an interest in the study of metaphysics.

 

Free admission. Please register at the library eKiosks or http://www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary2/e/a-librarians-world-the-national-librarys-music-collection-79740802.

 

 

 



Yishun Public Library will be closing for renovations


Published on : 12 Dec 2016

Yishun Public Library will be closing for renovations

Yishun Public Library will be closing on 15 January 2017 for renovations.

Its last day of operations will be Saturday, 14 January. The library will close at 9pm.

During this time, please visit Woodlands Regional Library or Sembawang Public Library for your reading needs.

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you again in 2018!



Anatomy of a Free Mind: Tan Swie Hian’s Notebooks and Creations 《解析自由心–陈瑞献稿本与创作》


Published on : 1 Nov 2016

Anatomy of a Free Mind: Tan Swie Hian’s Notebooks and Creations 《解析自由心–陈瑞献稿本与创作》
Level 10, Gallery, National Library Building   
22 November 2016 – 23 April 2017  
Free admission

Lauded as a cultural icon in Singapore and the most expensive living artist in Southeast Asia, Tan Swie Hian’s artistic accomplishments are nothing short of Olympian — his oeuvre encompasses multiple mediums, genres, languages and subject matters. The celebrated multi-disciplinary artist has published 58 works of poetry, prose, stories, songs, criticism, translations and books on his art, held 23 solo shows worldwide, and won numerous accolades locally and internationally. It is not for nothing that Time magazine has proclaimed him as “Singapore’s Renaissance man”.

In collaboration with the artist, the National Library presents “Anatomy of a Free Mind: Tan Swie Hian’s Notebooks and Creations”, an exhibition that features over 100 works of his creations, including paintings, sculptures, calligraphy, seal carvings, photographs, lithographs, multimedia performances as well as his original writings. Accompanied by the artist’s personal notebooks, manuscripts and artefacts that will be displayed alongside the respective artworks, the exhibition will take visitors on a fascinating journey into the mindscape of a creative genius.

国家图书馆大厦10楼展厅 
20161122 – 2017年4月23日 
 入场免费

身为新加坡文化界标志性人物和全东南亚作品拍卖价最高的在世艺术家,陈瑞献的艺术成就是辉煌的:他的作品横跨多种媒介,类别,语言和题材。这位享负盛名的多媒体艺术家出版过58部书籍,包括诗歌,散文,小说,音乐创作,文学评论,翻译作品与艺术著作,他在世界各地举办过23场个展并获颁发多项本地及国际的奖项与殊荣。故此,美国《时代周刊》称他为新加坡的文艺复兴人

 国家图书馆与陈瑞献携手举办《解析自由心:陈瑞献稿本与创作》特展,将呈现100多件作品,包括绘画,雕塑,书法,篆刻,摄影,版画,多媒体表演以及写作。陈瑞献的私人稿本,相关文件与文物也将随艺术作品同时展出,透过展览带领观众进入这位天才艺术家创意无限的思维空间。


Roving Exhibitions: Compassion for Lives: Tan Swie Hian’s Literary Creations

  • Jurong Regional Library: 1 November 2016 – 29 December 2016 
  • Central Public Library: 30 December 2016 – 28 February 2017 

Singapore Cultural Medallion recipient Tan Swie Hian is the top grossing living artist in Southeast Asia who has received numerous accolades both locally and abroad. Although he exhibited impressive artistic talents at a tender age, he was first recognised for his literary creations when he ventured into the arts scene. 

Tan wrote and published prolifically in the 1960s under the pseudonym of “Mu Lingnu”. Before long, he had established a reputation for advocating Modernist literature in the local Chinese literary circle. He once said that his literary works “mostly reflected the dark side of reality; and the sorrows of human destiny”, thus compassion for lives has been a key theme in his writings. To date, the multilingual artist/writer has published close to 40 literary titles. 

As a complement to the Anatomy of a Free Mind: Tan Swie Hian’s Notebooks and Creations exhibition at National Library Building (22 November 2016 – 23 April 2017), this roving exhibition will feature Tan’s literary accomplishments in various genres – poetry, prose, novels, fables, translated works as well as publications edited by him. Visit the above libraries during the specified periods to learn more about Tan Swie Hian’s written works that took the literary world by storm.

《悲悯人生:陈瑞献的文艺创作》巡回展

  • 裕廊区域图书馆: 2016111–20161229
  • 中央公共图书馆: 20161230–2017228

新加坡文化奖得主陈瑞献是东南亚作品拍卖价最高的在世艺术家,他荣获多项本地及国际的奖项与殊荣,享有极高名声。他在年少时便展露非凡的艺术天分,但他刚开始涉足艺术领域时,却是先以文艺创作引起注意的。

1960年代,陈瑞献以笔名牧羚奴发表大量作品,不久后便成了在本地华文文坛提倡现代主义文学的代表人物。他曾经说自己的文学作品多反映现实的阴暗面,以及人类悲苦的命运,因此对芸芸众生怀抱悲悯是他写作的一个主调。至今,他已出版了将近40部文艺著作。

为了配合在国家图书馆大厦举办的解析自由心:陈瑞献稿本与创作特展(20161122日至20174月23日),本巡回展将着重介绍陈瑞献的多种文艺作品,如诗作、散文、小说、寓言、译作以及他所编辑的刊物。欲一览陈瑞献当年在文坛备受瞩目的作品,请于举办期间到上述图书馆参观展览。

For more information, please visit nlb.gov.sg/exhibitions




Script & Stage: Theatre in Singapore from the 50s to 80s


Published on : 31 Oct 2016

Script & Stage: Theatre in Singapore from the 50s to 80s

Script & Stage explores the fascinating roots of local playwriting and theatre production, highlighting significant performances, playwrights and prominent theatre companies that have shaped the foundation of contemporary theatre in Singapore.

As we trace the development of Singapore’s vernacular theatre communities from the 1950s to the 1980s, treat yourself to publications such as Keris Sempena Riau, the first sandiwara (Malay historical theatre) published and staged locally, as well as the manuscripts and drafts of acclaimed local playwrights like Kuo Pao Kun and Robert Yeo.

Not to be missed are showcases of notable local musicals, such as Beauty World (TheatreWorks) and Chang and Eng (Action! Theatre), at the lobby of the National Library Building.

For more information, please click here.



Babies can be members too!


Published on : 20 Jul 2016

Babies can be members too!

Register your babies to be library members!

Simply follow these 3 steps to redeem your baby gift pack:

1. Visit your nearest Public Library and register your child as a library member*

2. Borrow 6 books

3.Present the loan receipt to our library staff at the counter and collect your gift pack!

*Please bring your child's birth certificate and a parent's NRIC

Things to note:

  • This programme is only open to babies born  from Jan 2016 onwards
  • Membership fees apply to non-Singaporeans
  • Registration points excludes library@orchard, library@esplanade and library@chinatown

 *The Baby gift pack contains 3 board books, Reading is Fun! Booklet, A Guide for Reading with Little Ones DVD, Height Chart and Rhymes and Fingerplays for Little Ones.



Bukit Panjang Public Library will be closing for renovations


Published on : 11 Jul 2016

Bukit Panjang Public Library will be closing for renovations

Bukit Panjang Public Library will be closing on Sunday, 4 September 2016 for renovations.

Its last day of operations will be Saturday, 3 September. The library will close at 9pm.

During this time, please visit Jurong Regional Library or Choa Chu Kang Public Library for your reading needs.

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you again in 2017!



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