Lifelong learning begins with the child.
The NLB is committed to cultivating in children a love for learning
and a passion for discovery. Incorporating elements of experiential
learning, arts, story-telling, and other fun-filled activities,
its numerous programmes never fail to stimulate young inquiring
minds and incite in them a sense of wonder.
In the spirit of celebrating children, the NLB co-organised the
inaugural Asian Children's Festival (ACF) from 27 November to 3
December 2000, in association with the National Book Development
Council of Singapore and the People's Association.
The festival featured events that encouraged critical thinking,
creativity and lifelong interest in reading, literary arts and culture.
Storytellers, illustrators, authors and book publishers from 20
participating countries congregated in Singapore to share their
stories and captivate the audience with their wisdom on children's
learning and literature.
The week-long festival consisted of three main events, the Asian
Storytelling Carnival, the Asian Children's Writers and Illustrators
Conference 2000, and the Asian Children's Expo. The ACF
proved to be a great success and the NLB will continue to host this
event annually in November.
KIDS Discover@MPCL was launched in conjunction with the
opening of the new Marine Parade Community Library. It represents
the NLB's latest initiative to attract children to the library by
presenting information in a fun, innovative and interactive manner.
Based on specific themes of Earth, Water and Sound, KIDS Discover
brings learning to life by promoting a proactive, learner-centric
environment with activities that persuade the learner to pursue
answers to self-generated questions.
The Reading Bear Programme, targeted at primary school students,
was launched in schools to encourage lifelong learning. Fun-time@the
library was a five-week programme catering to pre-schoolers.
Based on a specific theme each week, the classes use songs, art
and craft, storytelling and book talk to inculcate a love for reading
and learning in children.
The Music Post was first mooted as a value-added service for adults
so that they could enjoy listening to music while reading at the
library. In view of its popularity, the service was extended to
children. Known as Listening Post, the service for children
was first introduced at the Sembawang Community Library, where children
could listen to songs and stories at each of the stations.
Housed at the Toa Payoh Community Library, the Teens Zone Service
was designed and developed for students between 10 to 19 years old.
Its focus is on informational materials for school projects and
research, covering history, pioneers of Singapore, environmental
issues and other topics of interest.