The Arts Space (Season 3): Makan-Makan

The Arts Space at Level 8 at the National Library has been re-imagined as a space that brings to life our rich collection from books and photographs to artworks and poems. Inspired by the painting, “The Couple” by acclaimed Singapore artist Tan Swie Hian, the Arts Librarians have set out to create a multi-purpose space –… Read more »

Resources for Education and Career Guidance Personnel

Introduction Education and Career Guidance (ECG) refers to imparting the necessary knowledge, skills, values and information to help students to make informed decisions about their education and career options. Professionals and educators provide education and career guidance to students to help them learn more about their own interests, abilities and passions. By exploring the learning… Read more »

Education and Career Guidance Resources for Students (Secondary & Above)

Introduction In your schooling years, you will be exposed to a multitude of experiences and start to develop preferences and dislikes, and may also wonder what kind of work you would like to do upon leaving school. The types of jobs and specialisations available today are more varied than before. It is important to start… Read more »

Education and Career Guidance Resources for Students (Primary)

Introduction Starting education and career awareness at an early age will give children a head start in understanding the world of employment. This resource guide aims to create awareness and expose children to a diverse range of careers and aims to widen their perspective and knowledge on the career opportunities available in today’s world. Here… Read more »

The Substation Donor Collection

Introduction The Substation is Singapore’s first independent contemporary arts centre. It was founded in 1990 by the late Kuo Pao Kun, Cultural Medallion Recipient and theatre doyen. The Substation presents a wide range of artists and programmes, supporting diversity and depth in the arts and engaging with a wide repertoire of artists. It has played… Read more »

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    Streets and Places in Singapore

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    Introduction The history of Singapore is indelibly imprinted on the streets and places we pass by every day – revealing true-life accounts about our British colonial days, the harrowing times during the Japanese Occupation, Singapore’s tumultuous separation from Malaysia and our emergence into a cosmopolitan metropolis. The history of streets and places is replete with… Read more »

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    Primary accounts of Singapore from 1800s to 1942

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    This select bibliography of primary accounts of Singapore is intended to shed light on the ways of perceiving, understanding and remembering of a Singapore long gone. It is important to note that most of these were written by privileged white men in a land under British colonial rule, during the height of Western imperialism up… Read more »

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    Raffles in Southeast Asia

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    Introduction Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles (1781–1826) was a British administrator and orientalist, whose name is synonymous with the British founding of Singapore. Less known is his period in Southeast Asia as Lieutenant Governor of Java (1811–1816) and Bencoolen (1818–1824). The span of British rule in Indonesia, beginning with the invasion of Java in 1811, was… Read more »

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    Delivering Literacy to Millions of Children

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    Introduction This resource guide was produced in accompaniment with the programme Four Conversations: Delivering Literacy to Millions of Children. The speaker for the topic is John Wood, founder of Room to Read. This guide provides supplementary resources for those who are keen to further explore this topic. You can also visit catalogue.nlb.gov.sg to search for… Read more »

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    Seeking Opportunities, Pushing Boundaries

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    Introduction This resource guide was produced in accompaniment with the programme Four Conversations: Seeking Opportunities, Pushing Boundaries. The speaker for the topic is Lai Chang Wen, chief executive officer of Ninja Van. This guide provides supplementary resources for those who are keen to further explore this topic. You can also visit catalogue.nlb.gov.sg to search for… Read more »

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    The Power of One, Empowering Communities to Thrive

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    Introduction This resource guide was produced in accompaniment with the programme Four Conversations: The Power of One, Empowering Communities to Thrive. The speaker for the topic is Dr Tan Lai Yong, director of the Outreach and Community Department at the College of Alice and Peter Tan at the National University of Singapore. This guide provides supplementary… Read more »

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    Building Communities through Collaborative Conversations

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    Introduction This resource guide was produced in accompaniment with the programme Four Conversations: Building Communities through Collaborative Conversations. The speaker for the topic is Kuik Shiao-Yin, director of The Thought Collective. This guide provides supplementary resources for those who are keen to further explore this topic. You can also visit catalogue.nlb.gov.sg to search for more… Read more »

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    The Arts Space (Season 2): Impressions of Nature

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    The Arts Space at Level 8 of the National Library has been re-imagined as a space that brings to life our rich collection from books and photographs to artworks and poems. Inspired by the painting, “The Couple” by acclaimed Singapore artist Tan Swie Hian, the Arts librarians have set out to create a multi-purpose space –… Read more »

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    Chou Sing Chu 周星衢

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    Introduction Chou Sing Chu (周星衢) (1905–1986) was born in Shanghai, China. His family was originally from Pinghu City, Zhejiang Province. Founder of the Popular Bookstore, Chou was also recognised as a leader in the Chinese publishing industry in Southeast Asia. Due to impoverished circumstances, Chou only received three years of education before becoming an apprentice… Read more »

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    Tan Siak Kew 陈锡九

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    Introduction Tan Siak Kew (陈锡九; Chen Xijiu) (31 May 1903, Teo Ann, Guangdong, China–5 February 1977, Singapore) was a prominent businessman, nominated member of the Legislative Assembly, president of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce, diplomat and philanthropist. He came to Singapore in 1910 and received an English-language education from St Anthony’s Boys School and… Read more »