BOOKS

Book Clubs


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 readsingapore@nlb.gov.sg 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. Focusing on relationships and inspirational stories, the book discussions are held on a monthly basis.

We meet bimonthly on Saturday from 3 to 6pm. To register, please email your particulars (name, contact number, and email address) to shirley_lim@nlb.gov.sg

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. Admission is free and no registration is required.

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 rogerstoryteller@gmail.com.

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 monthly on the 3rd Saturday from 2 to 4pm. To register, please send a sample of work to writingthecity123@gmail.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 | 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 readsingapore@nlb.gov.sg.

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 admin@qinghistorysg.com.

We meet bimonthly on the third Saturday of alternate months from 5.00 to 6.30pm. No registration is required.

Share Chinese Reading 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.

We meet monthly on the first Wednesday from 10.30 to 11.30am. 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 chan_pan_fong@nlb.gov.sg.

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@WRL (3rd Saturday of the month)
小小书迷读书会@兀兰区域图书馆
Venue: Woodlands Regional Library

Xiao Xiao Shu Mi Du Shu Hui@JRL (1st Saturday of the month)
小小书迷读书会@裕廊区域图书馆
Venue: Jurong Regional Library

Xiao Xiao Shu Mi Du Shu Hui@BIPL (2st Saturday of the month)
小小书迷读书会@碧山公共图书馆
Venue: Bishan Public Library

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.

Chinese Reading Club for Children 7 to 9 years old

Xiao Shu Mi Du Shu Hui@TRL (Chinese)
小书迷读书会@淡滨尼区域图书馆
Venue: Tampines Regional Library

Xiao Shu Mi Du Shu Hui@PRPL (Chinese)
小书迷读书会@白沙公共图书馆
Venue: Pasir Ris Public Library

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.

 

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.

Kelab Membaca Wira Pintar@TRL | Tampines Regional Library
Kelab Membaca Wira Pintar aims to promote the love of reading materials in the Malay language and cultivate good reading habits among young Singaporeans. This club is for school going children aged 7 to 9.  Each session includes independent reading and sharing of books, storytelling, fun activities which include word games and related craft activities.

We meet monthly every third Friday of the month from 4pm-5pm. Registration is required, please email Marhama_MOHAMED@nlb.gov.sg or by fill up a registration form which can be obtained from the Customer Service Counter of Tampines Regional Library.

Kelab Membaca Wira Pintar@YIPL | Yishun Public Library
Kelab Membaca Wira Pintar aims to promote the love of reading materials in the Malay language and cultivate good reading habits among young Singaporeans. This club is for school going children aged 7 to 9.  Each session includes independent reading and sharing of books, storytelling, fun activities which include word games and related craft activities.

We meet monthly every fourth Saturday of the month from 11.30am-12.30pm. Registration is required, please email Azlinda_AHMAD@nlb.gov.sg or by fill up a registration form which can be obtained from the Customer Service Counter of Yishun Public Library.

Kelab Membaca Wira Pintar@SRPL | Serangoon Public Library
Kelab Membaca Wira Pintar aims to promote the love of reading materials in the Malay language and cultivate good reading habits among young Singaporeans. This club is for school going children aged 7 to 9.  Each session includes independent reading and sharing of books, storytelling, fun activities which include word games and related craft activities.

We meet monthly every fourth Friday of the month from 4.00pm-5.00pm. Registration is required, please email Farhana_RAMLAN@nlb.gov.sg or by fill up a registration form which can be obtained from the Customer Service Counter of Serangoon Public Library.

TAMIL LANGUAGE CLUBS

Book Rangers Club | Clementi Public Library and Woodlands Regional Library
A partnership with SINDA, this is a Tamil Junior Read, Write, Tell club for children of age between 7 and 12 years old. It aims to inculcate the interest for reading among children as well as nurture the next generation of writers.

To find out more about when sessions are held and to register, email readsingapore@nlb.gov.sg.

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.

  1. Ang Mo Kio CC Reading Clubs (Chinese)
  2. Bishan WEC Reading Club (Chinese)
  3. Clementi CC Reading Clubs (Chinese, Malay, English)
  4. Kampong Glam CC Reading Club (Chinese)
  5. Kolam Ayer Whampoa South RC (Chinese)
  6. Macpherson CC Reading Club (Malay)
  7. 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 readsingapore@nlb.gov.sg for more information.