Curated Reads by the National Library, Singapore

We are far more resilient than we think. All of us possess inner strength and have the ability to overcome obstacles.

It has been said that adversity builds character. To bounce back from failures requires one to focus on requires positivity, patience and persistence.

What happens when life throws us lemons? Can we make lemonade?

Be inspired by these resources about triumphing despite difficult circumstances.


How to Bounce Back from Failure – Over and Over Again


Resilient people seek out growth experiences that boost self-reliance and individual decision-making skills, which gives them confidence in their ability to bounce back from failure. Those who have mastered the art of resilience know that setbacks and challenges can be our most powerful learning opportunities.


Not once, not twice but getting right back up every time we fall. Here’s a practical article about seven habits of highly resilient people and ways to improve our own ability to cope with challenges. While we cannot avoid setbacks, we can choose to persevere and not give up!




Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Call no.: 940.53088296 FRA

Discover the vivid and moving diary entries of Anne Frank, a 13-year-old Jewish girl who, together with her family, went into hiding for two years in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation of Holland in 1942.

Visit our public libraries to borrow a physical copy.

Book cover image credit: All rights reserved, London: Viking, 2012.


Speech by Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence, at the National University of Singapore Dialogue, 22 January 2010

Dr Ng talks about how Singapore faced and overcame four global and national challenges between 2001 and 2008 and the learning lessons drawn from these experiences.


Harper Lee's Only Recorded Interview About "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Listen as the author talks about her critically acclaimed novel that tells the story about racial injustice through the eyes of a child. The bestseller, "To Kill a Mockingbird", won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was adapted into the well-known classic film the following year.