96 Non-Profit And Voluntary Welfare Organisations To Benefit From Annual Charity Book Donation

Release Date : 22 Jul 2011

Singapore, 22 July 2011 – Ninety-six Non-Profit and Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) today received 47,000 library books and magazines at the National Library Board's (NLB) annual Charity Book Donation. This is the largest number of recipients so far since the event was launched in 1998. Among some of the beneficiaries include Pathlight School, Ramakrishna Mission and Singapore Prison Service.

“Each year, NLB spends a lot of time and effort to organise the Charity Book Donation. We do this because we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to read and have access to books. We hope that our book donation would serve as an encouragement to the beneficiaries of the VWOs to keep on reading and learning,” commented Mrs Elaine Ng, Chief Executive Officer, NLB.

The Charity Book Donation, which was held at Singapore Expo Hall 4A, saw first time participating VWOs such as Project Silverfish as well as organisations that have benefitted from the book donation for as long as eight years, such as the Ramakrishna Mission. Said Swami Satyalokananda from Ramakrishna Mission, “The impact from participating in the Charity Book Donation over the past eight years has certainly been significant. Our charges have shown an interest in reading and an improvement in their language and communication skills. We are grateful to NLB for organising this meaningful initiative and look forward to participating in the Charity Book Donation again next year.”

The Charity Book Donation is a precursor to the NLB's highly popular annual Library Book Sale. Held on 23 and 24 July 2011 at the Singapore Expo Hall 4A, the Library Book Sale this year will offer a wide collection of more than 355,000 used books and magazines in the four official languages.

Starting from $1.00, these items are categorised under 'Adults', 'Young People' and 'Children' collections. Under each group, they are sub-divided into 'Fiction' and 'Non-Fiction'. Adult English non-fiction books will be sub-categorised under eight specific categories namely, Arts, Business, Cookery, Family, Health & Gardening, Pets & Animals, Recreation, and Travel Guides and a General category. Popular magazines such as Vogue, Women's Weekly, and parenting magazine Ma Ma Bao Bei among other titles will be on sale.

The Library Book Sale is open to all members of the public. There is no limit on the number of items that can be purchased. Items will be replenished at regular intervals over the two days of the event.

Library Book Sale details :

Date  : 23 – 24 July 2011

Time : 9.30am – 8.00pm

Location : Singapore Expo Hall 4A