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What mother tongue programmes are there in the libraries?

Through reading, storytelling and writing, participants not only learn the languages but are also encouraged to use their mother tongues in a creative and practical manner.
Through reading, storytelling and writing, participants not only learn the languages but are also encouraged to use their mother tongues in a creative and practical manner.PHOTO: NATIONAL LIBRARY BOARD

The National Library Board has set up several mother tongue language reading clubs for children in libraries across Singapore, designed to interest and strengthen the command of mother tongue languages. 

Through reading, storytelling and writing, participants not only learn the languages but are also encouraged to use their mother tongues in a creative and practical manner. 

Here’s where you can go to join the reading clubs. For Chinese readers between four to six years, enrol in the ‘Little Avid Readers’ programme at Woodlands Regional Library, Jurong Regional Library or Bishan Public Library. Children aged seven to nine can join the ‘Junior Avid Readers’ programme, held at Tampines Regional Library. 

Malay readers between seven to 10 years of age can participate in the ‘Smart Heroes Reading Club’ at the Tampines Regional Library while children between the ages of seven to nine can join the ‘Malay Reading Club’ at Serangoon Public Library or Yishun Public Library.

Tamil readers aged seven to 10 may sign up with ‘The Book Rangers’ at Woodlands Regional Library, Jurong Regional Library, or Ang Mo Kio Public Library.

To find out more about NLB’s reading clubs, please visit the website.

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