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What should you look out for in the four next-generation libraries opening this year?

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Book-lovers across the island can look forward to four next-generation libraries re-opening this year - each one customised to fit the demographics and preferences of its residents.

Reopening on March 18, the new Sengkang Public Library will be Singapore’s first to have a dedicated area for tweens aged 10 to 14, with books on youth interests, such as cosplaying and manga drawing.


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Two other libraries will reopen in the third quarter. Younger readers can step right into a storybook at Bukit Panjang Public Library, where immersive storytelling sessions will feature 3D digital projections on the walls and floor, making tales come alive.

Tampines Regional Library encourages residents to take charge and get creative, with a special volunteer-run floor, and a “maker space” where creatives and tinkerers can experiment and create prototypes.


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Finally, Bedok Public Library will reopen in the fourth quarter, with a comfortable space where senior readers can meet, learn new skills and take part in activities tailored to their interests.

The libraries also offer customised spaces for people of different ages to read and learn. Whether it's quiet reading or a group discussion, there is something for everyone at the new libraries.

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