The National Library Board reaches out to children of all ages through a wide variety of programmes and activities. Children up to the age of 12 years will find relevant and engaging programmes for them at our public libraries. Parents, grandparents and caregivers can also join in the fun with the children in some of our programmes which are specially designed to promote bonding and fun. Please browse below for more information and check these out today!
Please view our GoLibrary website for the full schedule of programmes at the libraries. For further enquiries on the programmes, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baby Lapsit is intended for parents with babies up to 12 months. In this 30-minute session, parents will be introduced to simple songs, action rhymes and finger plays that they can use to interact and bond with their baby at home. These songs and rhymes are especially selected for babies under one, and incorporate gentle swaying and bouncing movements that babies enjoy.
Babies Can Be Members Too! Programme
This programme aims to reach out to parents to register their babies as library members, and encourage bonding through reading at an early age. Parents can apply for the NLB membership via the MOL app or at Reservation Lockers* in any of our public libraries. Alternatively, parents may also register online (applicable to Singaporeans and PRs – requires SingPass login).
Parents who have registered their child as a library member are eligible to redeem a Baby Gift Pack at any participating library.**
Membership fees apply for non-Singaporeans. This programme is open to babies born from Jan 2019 onwards.
*Parents are required to bring the following documents: Child’s Birth Certificate and one parent’s NRIC
**Excludes library@esplanade, library@chinatown and library@orchard
The Baby Gift Pack contains:
- 1 English book
- 1 Chinese or Malay or Tamil book
- Rhymes & Songs Sing Along (Babies Edition) booklet
- Tummy Time Animals! brochure
- A Book A Day reading journal
Reading & Activity Resources
To nurture a love for reading and lifelong learning in children, NLB has continued to expand our available range of programmes and services. We have literacy development programmes, which include story dramatisation, author highlights, reader profiling, introduction to fiction genre and story writing.
Regular programmes at the libraries include: Storytelling, Junior Reading Clubs, and Early Literacy programmes where parents take an active participation in their child's reading development.
Storytelling for the 4 – 6 years old
Targeted at children aged 4 – 6 years old, these sessions are conducted either by library staff or by volunteers, and aim to bring children into a world of fascinating stories and fairytales!
Jiggle, Read & Rhyme
Jiggle, Read and Rhyme is a parent-child programme targeted for toddlers aged 1-3. The session supports the child’s early development through an enjoyable 30-minute interactive session with songs, rhymes and stories that come alive. It also aims to increase parent’s awareness of the importance of the 5 early literacy practices while providing an opportunity for parent-child bonding.
Extended specially in 2013, Read! Singapore now reaches out to young readers, who can enjoy recommended reads, interactive literary activities based on books as well as author programmes for ages 7 and up in all the four official languages. For more details, visit Read! Singapore website.
Play Library is a programme that supports NLB’s mission to engage the community in experiential learning through social interaction. It is a programme where children engage in open-ended play. It is not instructor-led, and children are free to engage the educational aids onsite.
We recognise that parents play an important role in developing the reading habit in children. To help make that task easier, parents can participate in library-organised parenting workshops like Awaken The Reader In Your Child.
Our libraries also hold regular programmes like talks, workshops, performances, forums, and exhibitions targeted at children and their parents.
Workshops For Parents: Awaken The Reader In Your Child
Targeted at parents with children aged 2-6 years old, these workshops provide tips on how to inculcate good reading habits through fun literacy activities that parents can also replicate at home with their children.
Expert Series Talks & Seminars
Parents and educators get to learn from experts on a range of topics that support pre-schoolers in their learning and development. Some topics that have been covered include:
Raising media-wise children in the digital age
Supporting children with learning difficulties
Brain connections through art viewing
Boosting child’s language and literacy skills
Taking Maths Outdoors!