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Dedicated publication for seniors with articles and book recommendations covering various topics.
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Quarterly publication featuring articles on history, culture and heritage of Singapore within the larger Asian context.
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The best of Singapore books suitable for children and teens. Uncover narratives about Singapore both imagined and real!
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Learn info-literacy skills to assess reliability of information using Source Understand Research and Evaluate framework.
The National Reading Movement aims to nurture a vibrant reading culture in Singapore amongst adults and seniors.
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Custodians of Singapore’s collective memory, ranging from Government files, photographs, audio-visual recordings and more.
Singapore's national library with the largest public reference collection covering social sciences, local works and more.
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Restored by the National Archives of Singapore, it currently houses a permanent World War II exhibition on the war and its legacies.
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National Library Board Annual Report 2022 / 2023 Innovations Through Partnerships
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This evocative collection of more than 150 picture postcards offers insight into Japanese society in Singapore in the late 19th and early 20th centuries from the Lim Shao Bin Collection in the National Library, Singapore.
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Singapore Word Maps is a chapbook that presents a selection of works by the Singapore literary pioneer Edwin Thumboo.
Paperback, 56 pages
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Catalogue (Call no. S821 THU)
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