Join a Book Club!
Keen to share your thoughts about books you have read? Why not join a book club? Check out the various clubs we have at the public libraries, with a number conducted in Chinese, Malay and Tamil. Or why not set up your own – with family, friends or work mates? Contact the Read! Singapore team at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll give you all the tips and information you need!
The book club information below is a general guideline and subject to change. For the latest on club meeting dates and registration, please go to www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLUBS
AfterWords | Marine Parade Public Library
AfterWords is a platform for the public and literary communities to build ties through books. By giving opportunities for everyone to read and discuss books in a conducive environment, we hope to encourage more people to pick up the reading habit, and expose readers to work and writings from the Singapore community. This initiative is supported by Ethos Book Club. Check Ethos’ Facebook page for the latest speaker updates: https://www.facebook.com/ethosbooks.
We meet monthly on the second Thursday from 7.30 to 9.00pm. No registration is required.
Book Lovers Club | Central Public Library
The Book Lovers’ Club is a book club for singles. Our book discussions focus on relationships and inspirational stories.
We meet bimonthly on Saturday from 3 to 6pm. To register, please email your particulars (name, contact number, and email address) to email@example.com
Communities: Reading Allowed | library@orchard
No silence here as we gather to read aloud and listen to stories’ highs and lows. Discover books that you might have otherwise missed, or sit in for an alternative community reading experience with a different book each session.
Co-organised with Read-Aloud Sg Book Club. For adults.
FOL Book Club | Central Public Library
This monthly book club was set up by a group of long-time friends who first got to know each other as library volunteers, or Friends of the Library (FOLs). They have been discussing Read! Singapore short stories since 2010. Members take turns to facilitate.
We meet monthly on the 2nd or 3rd Saturday from 5 to 6.30pm. No registration is required.
FUNdaMENTALS Reading Club | Woodlands Regional Library
A reading club formed to encourage the confident use of English amongst adults in a comfortable environment. And what better way to polish your language, than through a poignant book? Come join us to hone your English proficiency, discuss and bond over a book. Make some friends along the way and always go back home feeling accomplished. Open to adults only.
We meet monthly on the second and fourth Wednesday from 10.00 to 11.30am. No registration is required.
Gathering Readers Book Club | Jurong West Public Library
This is a club for children between the ages of 10 to 15. The club discusses fiction titles for young adults, such as ‘The Shadow Hero’ by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew and ‘The Mark of the Dragonfly’ by Jaleigh Johnson. You can also check out the Gathering Books blog: http://gatheringbooks.org/category/gb-kids-corner/gatheringreaders/
We meet monthly on Sunday from 11.00am to 12.00pm. To register, email the librarian-in-charge Meena (Meenakshi_NANDIVADA@nlb.gov.sg). Please note that registration is on a first-come-first-served basis.
Heartlands Book Club | Bukit Batok Public Library
This book club discusses well-known literary classics and contemporary novels such as George Orwell’s 1984, Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent and Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.
We meet monthly on the last Friday from 5 to 6.30pm. No registration is required.
Pseudo Book Club | Jurong Regional Library
This is a book club facilitated by young adults for young adults. Calling all young adults aged 13 to 19 especially student librarians and all young adults who enjoy reading to join us in our monthly thematic based discussions.
We meet monthly on the third Saturday from 3.00pm to 4.30pm. No registration is required.
Singapore Literature Book Club | Central Public Library
From NLB’s Singapore collection comes a book club with a unique local flavour. Discuss books by both well-known and emerging Singapore authors touching on topics close to home. Get acquainted with local literature and discover national literary treasures right here at the libraries.
We meet bimonthly on the third Thursday from 7.00pm to 8.30pm. Registration is required via www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary.
The Big Read Meet | Central Public Library
This monthly book club is facilitated by Straits Times journalist, Cheong Suk-Wai, as an extension of her column “The Big Read” which features books written by leading thinkers and opinion makers of our time. Join in the lively discussion of views and ideas put forth by the books from her column.
We meet monthly on the last Wednesday from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Registration is required via www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary.
The Golden Circle | Geylang East Public Library
The rustle of a well-thumbed page, the whiff of age from a much-cherished tome—come and appreciate the beauty of a good book with The Golden Circle, an English book club for seniors. Discussions will be centred around fiction books, so join us for a stimulating afternoon of lively discussions.
We meet bimonthly on the second Tuesday from 3.00 to 4.30pm. No registration is required.
The Next Chapter | Ang Mo Kio Public Library
Join The Next Chapter if you are 50 and above, read and speak English, and are keen to discuss books with themes that pique our common interests and address our common concerns. We cover a wide range of topics including relationships, retirement, financial issues, health and exercise, as well as hobbies, recreation and travelling.
We meet on the last Saturday of the month from 11:30am to 1.00pm. No registration is required.
The Story Line | Marine Parade Public Library
Come and join The Story Line, a place where storytellers can come together to share stories! Teachers, parents, librarians, volunteers and anyone interested in acquiring or honing their storytelling skills are welcome. The session will be facilitated by award-winning storyteller Roger Jenkins. More information is available at Roger Jenkins’ website: http://www.rogerjenkins.com.sg/storyline.html.
We meet monthly on the first Friday from 7.30 to 8.45pm. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writing the City Writers’ Group | Toa Payoh Public Library
Writing the City Writers’ Group is a community of writers committed to the craft of writing. Our monthly workshops offer participants writing exercises, guest lectures, and exposure to literature from both established and emerging writers. In creating a group where writers are encouraged to give and receive feedback on their work, the Writers’ Group aims to give writers the tools to take their writing forward.
We meet on various months from 2 to 4pm. To register, please send an email to email@example.com with your name and contact details.
CHINESE LANGUAGE CLUBS
3G Reading Club 第三代读书会 | Central Public Library
This book club discusses both local and overseas Chinese works, often organising book launches and educational seminars.
To find out more about their sessions visit: https://www.facebook.com/3g.reading.club/
Chinese Senior’s Reading Club碧山图书馆乐龄读书会 | Bishan Public Library
Come join a group of active senior citizens in this monthly book discussion activity! As the sessions are facilitated and conducted in Chinese, you also get to improve your Chinese conversational skills as you share your experiences in life along with the book discussions.
We meet monthly on the second Thursday from 3.30 to 5.30pm. No registration is required.
Chinese Storytelling Club讲古同乐会 | Chinatown Public Library
If you are interested in picking up storytelling techniques and sharing stories, join us at our Chinese Storytelling Club.
To find out more about when sessions are held and to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chinese Share Read Club分享读书会 | Woodlands Regional Library
This club is for adults who are passionate about Chinese stories and culture. The participants read and discuss short stories and novels.
你喜欢阅读中文书吗？我们诚意邀请您来参加我们的阅读分享会。每 个月的第一个星期三，我们都会介绍不同的书，进行讨论，分享阅读 心得。欢迎您加入我们的读书会。
We meet monthly on the first Wednesday from 10.30 to 11.30am. No registration is required.
Interacting @ Bukit Panjang 交流点读书会| Bukit Panjang Public Library
At this Chinese book club, seniors, retirees and homemakers who enjoy reading and discussing fiction works, come together to share their thoughts with each other. The discussions are based on selected books and themes drawn from current affairs and popular topics of the day.
We meet monthly on the third Wednesday from 1.00pm to 3.00pm. No registration is required.
Qing History Society Book Club清史读书会 | Ang Mo Kio Public Library
The Qing History Society or QHS Book Club started in April 2015 to deepen the understanding of the history of Qing dynasty through fiction and non-fiction books. For more information, drop an email to email@example.com.
We meet bimonthly on the third Saturday of alternate months from 5.00 to 6.30pm. No registration is required.
Taxi Shifu and Friends Reading Club 德士师傅与好友读书会 | Ang Mo Kio Public Library
In 2005, the club started with 16 taxi drivers who met up regularly at the Ang Mo Kio Public Library. Over the years, participation in the club’s sessions has been growing and people from all walks of life, from teens, working adults to the seniors, come together to share their love of reading. A variety of reading materials on a wide range of topics has been used during the book discussions, including Chinese classics, history and biography.
We meet bimonthly on the last Saturday from 7.00 to 9.00pm. No registration is required.
WISHers (English/Chinese) | Tampines Regional Library
WISHers was formed in March 2005 to promote reading to senior citizens and housewives. This reading club aims to guide the participants on how to hold simple and useful English conversations (with accompanying Chinese translations). All participants will get a chance to practice reading aloud from the passages provided.
We meet monthly on the first and third Wednesday, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yidu Reading Club 壹度书会 | Serangoon Public Library
Yidu Reading club is a platform for book-loving young adults to meet. We hope that through discussing books we can broaden our minds and better connect with each other. Find out more at www.facebook.com/yidushuhui.
We meet on the first Saturday of the month, from 2.00pm – 4.00pm.
Chinese Reading Clubs for Children 4 to 6 years old
Xiao Xiao Shu Mi Du Shu Hui 小小书迷读书会 @ WRL (3rd Saturday of the month)
Venue: Woodlands Regional Library
Librarian in charge: Tse Ming Wai (TSE_Ming_Wai@nlb.gov.sg)
Xiao Xiao Shu Mi Du Shu Hui 小小书迷读书会 @ JRL (1st Saturday of the month)
Venue: Jurong Regional Library
Librarian in charge: Chu Wan Xin (CHU_Wan_Xin@nlb.gov.sg)
Xiao Xiao Shu Mi Du Shu Hui 小小书迷读书会 @ BIPL (2st Saturday of the month)
Venue: Bishan Public Library
Librarian in charge: Xavier Lim ( Xavier_lim@nlb.gov.sg)
These clubs are for the pre-schoolers and their parents. There are different themes for each month, and each session consists of storytelling and activities related to the specified theme. The session will end off with a 10 mins parent-child reading session to encourage more bonding between parents and children through reading. If you are interested to register your child as a member, please email the librarian in charge.
Chinese Reading Club for Children 7 to 9 years old
Xiao Shu Mi Du Shu Hui 小小书迷读书会 @TRL (2st Saturday of the month)
Venue: Tampines Regional Library
Librarian in charge: Chan Pan Fong (CHAN_Pan_Fong@nlb.gov.sg)
Xiao Shu Mi Du Shu Hui 小书迷读书会 @ PRPL (1st Sunday of the month)
Venue: Pasir Ris Public Library
Librarian in charge: Heng Whye Yong (HENG_Whye_Yong@nlb.gov.sg)
This monthly book club is for the lower primary students. We hope to encourage social interaction and facilitate creative self-expression through different themes of storytelling and activities. If you are interested to register your child as a member, please email the librarian in charge.
MALAY LANGUAGE CLUBS
Kelab Si Luncai (English/Malay) | Bishan Public Library
Si Luncai Reading Club aims to creatively ignite the passion for reading in both English and Malay languages. Suited for children aged 7 to 10, sessions will be fun-filled with games, storytelling and craft activities! The books chosen are bilingual. So if you’re interested to learn simple conversational Malay, do join us!
We meet bimonthly (odd months), on the second Sunday from 3.00 to 4.00pm. No registration is required.
Malay Reading Clubs for Children 7-9 years
Kelab Membaca Wira Pintar @ TRL (3rd Friday of the month, 4-5pm)
Venue: Tampines Regional Library
Librarian in charge: Marhama Mohamed (Marhama_MOHAMED@nlb.gov.sg)
Kelab Membaca Wira Pintar @ SBPL (4th Saturday of the month, 11:30am-12:30pm)
Venue: Sembawang Public Library
Librarian in charge: Azlinda Ahmad (Azlinda_AHMAD@nlb.gov.sg)
Kelab Membaca Wira Pintar@SRPL
Venue: Serangoon Public Library
Librarian in charge: Farhana Ramlan (Farhana_RAMLAN@nlb.gov.sg)
These clubs aim to foster interest in reading in the Malay language, especially among children aged between 7 and 9 years, in addition to instilling healthy reading habits. This will be implemented through book-based activities and other activities that are fun. Registration is required, please email the librarian in charge or fill up a registration form which can be obtained from the Customer Service Counter.
TAMIL LANGUAGE CLUBS
Book Rangers Club | Ang Mo Kio Public Library, Bedok Public Library, Jurong Regional Library, Woodlands Regional Library
A partnership with SINDA, this is a Tamil junior club for children aged between 7 and 12 years old. It aims to inculcate interest in reading among children as well as nurture the next generation of writers.The clubs run for 8 consecutive weeks twice a year.
Book Ninjas | Bukit Batok Public Library
NLB in partnership with SINDA and Ngee Ann Polytechnic is running a Reading Club for Tamil Preschoolers at Seng Kang and Bukit Batok Public Library. The objective of this club is to instil the love of reading Tamil and English books amongst young children through creative and fun-filled means. More info here:
Thangameen Readers Club | Toa Payoh Public Library
Thangameen Readers Club is a reading club formed to encourage the confident use of Tamil across the generations. With short film screenings, short story writing competitions and impromptu poetry contests, the club is a total literary package.
We meet monthly on the second Sunday from 5.00 to 8.00pm. No registration is required.
Vaasagar Vattam (Tamil) | Ang Mo Kio Public Library
Vaasagar Vattam is a Tamil Reading Club set up by a group of ardent Tamil writers and readers in 2002. Vaasagar Vattam aims to create awareness on the recent changes happening in the Tamil literary world. It also aims to promote critical thinking about serious literature and to have an intellectual outlook towards serious readership. Discussions are also centred on understanding latest trends and technology involving Tamil writing and connecting people worldwide. The Club’s wish is to connect people with similar taste and have an enjoyable time together. Join us to learn more and make new friends!
We meet monthly on the fourth Sunday from 5.00 to 8.00pm. No registration is required.
Reading Clubs at Community Organisations
Most of these clubs discuss short stories from the Read! Singapore collection.
- Ang Mo Kio CC Reading Clubs (Chinese)
- Bishan WEC Reading Club (Chinese)
- Clementi CC Reading Clubs (Chinese, Malay, English)
- Kampong Glam CC Reading Club (Chinese)
- Kolam Ayer Whampoa South RC (Chinese)
- Macpherson CC Reading Club (Malay)
- Yio Chu Kang CC Reading Club (Chinese)
* CC – Community Club
* RC – Residential Constituency
* WEC – Women’s Executive Committee
Or why not set up your own – with family, friends or work mates? Contact the Read! Singapore team and we’ll give you all the tips and information you need!
Email email@example.com for more information.