Brief Remarks by Mr Michael Koh, Chairman, Public Library Advisory Committee, National Library Board at the POSB-NLB Kids' Lit Quiz™ National Finals 2018 Festive Arts Theatre, Our Tampines Hub on 20 April 2018

Distinguished guests

Ladies and gentlemen

Boys and girls

Good afternoon! 

2 It is great to see all of you here for the fifth annual POSB-NLB Kids’ Lit Quiz finals. The quiz is not just an international literature competition, it also encourages reading for pleasure and broadens the reading diet of children. 

3 We have a very encouraging response this year with a record number of 71 schools and 126 teams taking part. This shows that reading is fast becoming a popular activity, something that it rightfully deserves to be! 

4 That is what this quiz aims to do – bring reading out of the classrooms and into your daily life. Reading is a wonderful hobby that you can do anywhere and everywhere. It is also a valuable way to learn new things and build knowledge.

5 To do this, we work closely with POSB. We are thankful for POSB’s support of the Kids’ Lit Quiz for the past four years. I would like to congratulate all the finalists today for your hard work. The winning team will represent Singapore at the World Finals in New Zealand in July. We are happy to share that Singapore will host the Kids’ Lit Quiz World Finals next year. We look forward to receiving continued support from parents, teachers and sponsors.

6 As this year’s competition concludes, we hope that the quiz encourages all participants to expand their reading appetite, and inspires a lifelong journey of reading.

7 Best wishes to everyone, and good luck to the competitors. Thank you.