"Books That Move me" is the theme for month-long reading festival

A month-long reading festival that aims to rekindle Singaporeans' love for books began on Friday, boasting a line-up of programmes and activities.

These include literary trails led by writers and book parties where participants can meet local authors. A series of re-imagined book covers of favourite titles, such as E.B White's Charlotte's Web and local author Adrian Tan's The Teenage Textbook, are also on display at the National Library lobby and a MRT train.

There will also be film screenings, drama performances and interactive storytelling sessions held at each of the 25 public libraries.

The festival, themed Books That Moved Me, was launched by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information on Friday. It marks the 10th anniversary of Read! Singapore, a campaign by the National Library Board that aims to encourage Singaporeans to read.

Speaking at the National Library, Dr Yaacob said the campaign has benefitted many Singaporeans who were brought closer to their community through reading clubs.

"While reading for pleasure, we are introduced to different ideas, cultures and situations and this helps to broaden our horizon and shape our perspectives and worldview," he added.

In line with the festival's theme, 10 local writers have penned poems about how reading has influenced and shaped their lives. The anthology, which also includes 20 short stories, are available in English, Tamil, Malay and Mandarin and can be obtained from all public libraries.