Eco-friendly section of library for kids to learn about the environment

The world's first "green" library for kids opened its doors to the public on Friday morning at the Central Public Library in Bras Basah.

Jointly presented by the National Library Board (NLB) and City Developments Limited (CDL), this library encourages children "to explore and discover more about learning and caring for the environment", said a statement on Friday. It was officially opened by Minister for Communications and Information, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim.

Dr Yaacob in his speech noted that one out of five active members of the library is a child under 12 years of age. The children's section in all libraries in Singapore also have a high traffic and usage, with the books checked out and returned at very high frequencies, he said.

This green library is the first to incorporate green principles in design, book collection and programming. Called "My Tree House", the library uses eco-friendly building materials such as energy-efficient LED lighting, refurbished book shelves and carpets with "green" properties.