1: Getting more S'poreans hooked on reading

Adults reading books in Bishan Public Library on March 15, 2016.
Adults reading books in Bishan Public Library on March 15, 2016. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Parliament debated the budgets of the ministries of Finance, Communications and Information, and National Development yesterday. These are three highlights.

The National Library Board (NLB) is courting readers with a slew of new plans to take books to people - including working adults pressed for time and senior citizens who may find it a challenge to make their way to the library.

This year, it will launch a National Reading Movement to nurture the love of reading. July 30 will mark Singapore's first National Reading Day.

Two groups will get attention in these efforts - working adults and senior citizens.

To encourage working adults to read, the NLB will create more opportunities for them to do so, such as pushing out short articles on trains that people can read on their mobile devices.

A library-themed MRT train, where commuters can scan QR codes to download recommended e-books, for instance, will be launched later this year.

A new Read@Work programme will also bring specially curated reading materials to offices.

This year, the NLB will launch a National Reading Movement to nurture the love of reading. July 30 will mark Singapore's first National Reading Day. Two groups will get attention in these efforts - working adults and senior citizens.

Seniors, meanwhile, can look forward to more reading programmes catered to their needs. The NLB also plans to double its outreach to senior activity centres by 2020.

It will also double the number of mother tongue language reading clubs, from the current five to a total of 10 by this year, and enhance the Chinese, Malay and Tamil collections in its libraries.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 12, 2016, with the headline 'Getting more S'poreans hooked on reading'. Print Edition | Subscribe