This year, the READ! Singapore programme expanded to include children aged seven to 14. Themed “Bridges”, the three-month campaign featured selected tales to convey the theme of bringing together people of different cultures and backgrounds. Three thousand audio books were distributed to 120 voluntary welfare organisations, hospitals and reading clubs so that convalescing patients, the elderly and visually challenged can also enjoy the stories and poems.
Launched in 2004 to promote the joy of reading among children from low-income families, the kidsREAD programme has reached out to 17,800 children through more than 750 clubs at 200 locations to date. To nurture and sustain the reading habits of young children from pre-school into their early primary school years, the programme was extended from one to five years. Also, for the first time, student volunteers from 16 secondary schools stepped forward to read with students from primary schools.
Book lovers exchanged their used books and shared their passion for reading with each other at the annual Book Exchange, which took place in April 2012. This event was sponsored by Keppel Land Limited.
The Charity Book Donation, held in September 2012, continued to spread the joy of reading among individuals cared for by special needs organisations and welfare homes, such as Yayasan MENDAKI, the Asian Women’s Welfare Association, Angsana Home, and the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore. NLB staff also came together to help select and pack the donated books for the beneficiaries.
At the Library Book Sale 2012 held in September 2012, the public could choose from some 300,000 library books that were put up for sale.
Building on the previous year’s success, the Walk for Rice and Active Day was organised with the support of the South East Community Development Council to raise bowls of rice for needy families. Held in September 2012, the event saw the active participation of staff from NLB and other agencies.
16 August 2013
Initiated in 2012 by the Library of Congress, Washington D.C., the International Summit of the Book brings together thought leaders, eminent authors and publishers of both the traditional and new media to discuss the importance of libraries and books.
17 to 23 August 2013
The 79th IFLA WLIC, the flagship professional and trade event for the library and information sector, kicks off the day after the Summit. The theme for the Congress this year, Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities, calls for libraries and information professionals to harness the power of today’s technologies to promote literacy and learning.