4 of Singapore’s Child-Friendly Libraries

Fostering a love for books in children can be one of the best things that we can do as parents and guardians. Thankfully, there are many public libraries that cater to children, from the eco-friendly play area of the Central Public Library to the Early Literacy Libraries of the Jurong and Sembawang Public Libraries. In this list, we have gathered the four best libraries to take your children to foster in them a love for the written word.

1. Toa Payoh Public Library
From its recent renovation of some areas dedicated to younger readers, Toa Payoh Public Library returns with interesting designs for its renovated sections. The Toa Payoh Pubilc Library has a lot of spaces for younger readers including the Children’s Section, whose shelves are designed to look like a ship. Story sessions are also performed here, which are perfect for children aged one to three. In one corner, there is even a homage to the beloved dragon playground of Toa Payoh, as seats and shelves are shaped in a hexagon, reminiscent of the playground’s mosaic tiles.

2. Clementi Public Library
Home to about 67,000 volumes of children’s books, Clementi Public Library is the perfect library for children. Clementi is also the home for many events and activities aimed at inspiring the creative minds of children of all ages. This library even has an interactive wall located in their children’s corner, to stimulate little minds with kinesthetic learning.

3. Woodlands Regional Library
If you want to learn about Asian children’s literature throughout history, Woodlands is for you. Here at Woodlands Regional Library, you could find the Asian Children’s Literature Collection, a collection of about 8,000 items concerning Asian Children’s literature, including rare publications that date back to the 1900s. Even if you have already browsed through their collection, it is still worth visiting again as it is refreshed and updated regularly. This library also hosts a number of events that are perfect for kids no matter the age, including storytelling and art classes, as well as IT literacy and artist talks for adults and seniors.

4. Central Public Library
Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete with the Central Public Library. Considered to be the first green library for children in the world, the Central Public Library is home to their dedicated children’s play area called My Tree House, where children can sit under a tree made of dozens of recycled plastic bottles. There are also a number of interactive learning spaces where children can learn about the issues concerning the environment. One of these areas is called the Weather Stump, where children can look through weather data, as well as the Knowledge Tree, which aims to educate children through shadow play.

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