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Table of Contents Editor's Note
Fun with Tots
Children's Day Special
Fill Yourself With the Arts
01 october issue 2
Editor's Note Dear Kids Ready for some scary tales and spooks? Begin your Halloween journey with us through the speech and drama workshop. Enter an exciting imaginary world as you attempt to make out the interesting creatures waiting behind each door of the castle. Next, join in for a screaming good time of story and crafts and have a blast trick–or–treat adventure. Learn more about the artist Edvard Munch and his painting “The Scream”. Finally, on the eve of Halloween join us for spooky story telling and hair–raising tales! (page 11) Away from horror and turning to celebrations, it is Pasir Ris Public Library’s birthday! Have fun with the colouring competition and join in the merry Carnival with balloon sculpting, temporary tattoo and traditional games such as pick–a–stick, hopscotch, five stones and Chapteh. Don’t miss the cupcake workshop where a baker will show you tips and secrets to making this sweet delicacy! In addition, Children’s day is here so do check out our other interesting and exciting programmes organised especially for you. From musical performances to workshops – there is something for everyone!
Editor: Zainap Osman Contributors: Angela Chen Xinyun, Chiang Yu Xiang, Joan A Rahman, Nicola Cheong, Tan Yun Xuan, Yasmin Ally Illustration and Design: Artnexus Design Pte Ltd
The National Library and all Public Libraries will be closed on 15 October being Hari Raya Haji. 1
Dal , Dreams and Dreamscapes
A book on the life and works of Salvador Dalí, with a cover image of his famous work ‘The Persistence of Memory’.
By Chiang Yu Xiang
Salvador Dalí was a Surrealist artist from Spain who painted works with random objects placed together to achieve imaginary landscapes. In his famous painting, ‘The Persistence of Memory’, Dalí draped images of melted clock faces across a tree-branch, together with a fleshy depiction of his face! What do you think he is trying to say with his representation of time? Coming a little closer to home, do you know that Singapore has a Salvador Dalí sculpture? The sculpture named ‘Homage to Newton’ can be found at the UOB plaza in Singapore’s financial district. It was Dalí’s tribute to the scientist, Sir Isaac Newton, and it portrays the spirit of scientific discovery. Join us this October to create your very own dreamscapes. Look out for our Sci-Fi craft workshops that are part of the Tech Arts-themed quarter from October to December!
‘Homage to Newton’ by Salvador Dalí in UOB Plaza, Singapore.
Recommended Titles Lives of the Artists: Masterpieces, Messes (And What the Neighbors Thought) Krull, Kathleen; Hewitt, Kathryn Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. J English 709.2 KRU
Who would dare to don a deep-sea diving suit before giving a lecture? Well, Dali would! Get to know more about the artist who loved parties and kept his moustache impeccably curled. This mini-biography paints the lives of twenty artists in an informative and whimsical manner. Read more about them and find out what makes them tick.
What is Contemporary Art?: A Guide for Kids Klein, Jacky; Klein, Suzy London : Thames & Hudson. J English 709.04 KLE
Are splashes of paint on a plain canvas considered ‘Art’? This book tries to answer questions about contemporary art in a fun and approachable manner. Read about how artists decide on their subject and materials, how works are interpreted by others, and how you can understand pieces of art on your own!
Join us in this series of 6 Fun With Tots Sessions as we introduce you and your little ones (1- 3 years old) to the 6 early literacy skills that are important in order for your child to learn to read. We will share good rhymes and books that are sure to entertain as you bond with your child. This programme requires registration at the library eKiosks and website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg with an admission fee of $2 for a parent and a child pair. You will receive a token when you register for all 6 sessions!*
Programme Zone, Jurong West Public Library 7.30 pm – 8.00 pm 3 October 10 October 17 October 24 October 31 October
Print Motivation Print Awareness Letter Knowledge Phonological Awareness Vocabulary
Activity Room, Bukit Batok Public Library 7.30 pm – 8.00 pm 4 October 11 October
Programme Zone, Serangoon Public Library 7.30 pm – 8.00 pm Narrative Skills
Programme Zone, Jurong Regional Library 7.30 pm – 8.00 pm 3 October 10 October
Vocabulary Narrative Skills
Programme Zone, Toa Payoh Public Library 7.30 pm – 8.00 pm 9 October 16 October 23 October 30 October
Vocabulary Narrative Skills
*While stock lasts.
Print Motivation Print Awareness Letter Knowledge Phonological Awareness
Programme Zone, Queenstown Public Library 7.30 pm – 8.00 pm 18 October 25 October
Print Motivation Print Awareness
OCT All wrapped up
Friday, 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm Programme Zone, Jurong Regional Library Monday, 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm Activity Room, Sembawang Public Library
All wrapped up with bandage, you can only see its eye and it's coming after you! What's that? Mummies! You have seen on TV or read about horrifying mummies coming to life but, is this true? Come join us and learn about facts and myth about mummies. You will get to make you own creepy mummy! This activity is limited to 30 children aged 6–8. Registration is required via library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg with an admission fee of $2.
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Stories & Craft: Children’s Day Special
Friday, 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm Programme Zone, Clementi Public Library Come join in the fun and celebrate your Children’s with us! You'll get to listen to exciting stories and make interesting crafts as well. This programme is limited to 25 children aged 4–8. Registration is required at library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg with an admission fee of $2.
Story Time in Mandarin 2013 – A Collaboration between Lianhe Zaobao and Toa Payoh Public Library Saturdays, 12.00 pm – 12.30 pm Programme Zone, Toa Payoh Public Library
《联合早报》的记者编辑和读者义工，将带领小朋友们“翻出”华文故事书的乐趣！从一月开 始，每逢周六中午，他们就到大巴窑图书馆与大家一起“翻（Fun）书乐”！深信阅读习惯和 华文兴趣应该从小培养，《早报》记者与义工将通过各种题材的精彩故事，包括属下学生报《 小拇指》里的原创内容，激发小朋友对阅读华文书报的兴趣。欢迎四到八岁的小朋友参加！ Journalists from Lianhe Zaobao, together with their volunteer readers, will be at Toa Payoh Public Library to share the joys of reading Chinese stories with our little young readers. Starting from January, make it a weekly Saturday date with them! Believing strongly that good reading habits and love for Chinese should start from young, Zaobao journalists and volunteers will be telling stories of different genre, including original stories from Zaobao's very own student publication, Thumbs Up Junior. This programme is open to children between four and eight years old.
OCT It's Alive!
Saturday, 3.00 pm – 5.30 pm Multipurpose Room, Central Public Library
How does architecture and space change and respond in relation to humans? Inspired by interactive architectural mapping on the façade of (typically, historical) buildings, Saturday Kids hopes to encourage children to rethink the way space is perceived and created. Using Scratch, the children will learn how to programme how colours, lines, and shapes can respond to movements and sounds. By projecting these lines on simple objects such as a ball, or a rectangular box, kids can explore how objects and spaces can respond and interact with us. This is a paid event and registration is required via the organizer. For more information, please contact email@example.com Register at: http://archifest2013-saturdaykidshavemorefun.eventbrite.sg
OCT Magic Mathematics
Saturday, 3.30 pm – 4.30 pm Activity Room, Cheng san Public library
Do you enjoy playing with numbers? Do you like to impress your friends and teachers with magic mathematics? Join this fun-filled session to learn about how to create a magic square and about mathematical tips and tricks. The session will cover the following: 1. Numbers and their unusual properties 2. Little known facts about common numbers such as 1001, 1089, etc. 3. Endless fun with Pascal’s Triangle This programme is open to 20 children aged 9–12. Registration is required at library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg. About the speaker Rohit Johri has been interested in recreational mathematics for over 25 years now. He enjoys sharing his passion about mathematics with the young and the young at heart. Rohit holds a bachelor degree in engineering and works in the banking IT industry.
OCT Chinese Culture out of the Box! - The Value of Gratitude
(One Bowl of Rice, One Bowl of Gold) Saturday, 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm Playhouse, Tampines Regional Library
This programme is suitable for preschool children together with their parents for learning on Chinese etiquette. Volunteers from the Preschool Teachers Network Singapore (PTNS) will be sharing the joy of learning about the Chinese culture with our young children. Chinese culture is one of the world's oldest cultures. The Chinese value the importance of the family including the hierarchical structure of social life and the cultivation of morality and values. Chinese believe that the family unit takes precedence over its individual members. As such, parents are often seen working hard to provide and for the family. Through the traditional Chinese fable of "One Bowl of Rice, One Bowl of Gold," children will learn the value of gratitude and the importance of being honest. This programme is for free admission however registration is required via library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg/programme/Bounce.aspx
I Am Special Workshop
Sunday, 11.00 am – 12.30 pm Activity Room, Bishan Public Library
Do you often think about yourself, your feelings, likes and dislikes? What about your friends and siblings? Are you aware of their feelings? Come join us in the storytelling of “Where Is Teddy?” and “I Can Share” and learn about feelings such as fear, anger and happiness. You will also take part in fun games, activities and even create your very own craft designs such as the ‘Shield Watch’ or the ‘Wacky Face Book’. This programme is suitable for children aged 4–6. This programme is for free admission however registration is required via library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg.
OCT Storytelling for You and Me
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Fridays, 7.30 pm – 8.00 pm Activity Room, Bishan Public Library
Early Childhood Education second year students from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central will bring stories alive as part of the ITE-Bishan Public Library Collaboration. Bring your little ones to join the students in the session filled with stories, music and movement! See you then! This programme is free and no registration is required.
I spy with my little spyglass...
Friday, 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm Everest Room, Woodlands Regional Library
What's that coming towards you in the distance? Is it a friend or a foe? Look into your spyglass to find out! Join us to learn more about pirates and their spyglasses and even learn to make one of your own. This programme is suitable for children aged 6-8 years old and is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required via library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg with an admission fee of $2.
OCT I Spy With My Little Eye
Saturday, 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm Visitors’ Briefing Room, National Library Building How do kids interpret architectural features? What connections and stories can we draw from the urban landscape around us? Saturday Kids will run a children's walking tour, inviting them to be young architects as we discover various architectural styles and elements of historical buildings around the area. Children will be guided to sketch, model by hand and in Computer-aided-design (CAD) software, and print their favourite elements. There are 2 components to this programme -1) A walking tour at the ArchiFest Pavilion on 5 October, 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm (2) Printing Workshop at National Library Building on 12 October, 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm Participants must ensure they are available on both days. This programme is for children aged 7 and above, parents are to accompany their child. A fee is levied for this programme and registration is required. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Register at: http://archifest2013-saturdaykidshavemorefun.eventbrite.sg
OCT Kelab Si Luncai
Sunday, 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm Bishan Public Library, Programme Zone
Do you enjoy reading with your friends? Kelab Si Luncai's theme for this month is friendship! Come along with your friends to enjoy some reading related activities based on the book ‘Puteri Santubong Puteri Sejinjang’. The session will be conducted in Malay.
OCT The Lion, the Wind and the
Worm (A storytelling specially by Yio Chu Kang Primary School teachers
Saturday, 11.30 am – 12.30 pm Activity Room, Cheng San Public Library
Have you ever heard of “The Lion, the wind, and the worm”? Join us for an intriguing session in which puppets are used to tell the story. You will also be able to make a simple craft after the story. This programme is limited to 25 children aged 4–10. This programme is for free admission however registration is required. Please register at library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg.
Saturday, 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm Children’s Playhouse, Tampines Regional Library
Join us at the children's playhouse as students from the OMEP Singapore Student Chapter put on a skit and word search about understanding children with Dyslexia! This free programme is limited to the first 20 children aged 4–6 at the venue.
OCT Children’s Puppet Show
Saturday, 3.30 pm – 5.30 pm Programme Zone, Clementi Public Library
Join Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore for a puppet show and learn how to make your own puppet! Redeem your goodie bags and stand a chance to win some prizes too! This programme is suitable for children aged 4–10. Admission is free. For more information and to register for the above programmes, please visit golibrary.nlb.gov.sg. Registration is also available via our e-kiosks.
OCT Chinese Culture out of the Box! - SPARKling with values
Saturday, 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm Playhouse, Tampines Regional Library
This programme is suitable for preschool children together with their parents for learning on Chinese etiquette. Volunteers from the Preschool Teachers Network Singapore (PTNS) will be sharing the joy of learning about the Chinese culture with our young children. Although the Chinese culture has undergone many dramatic changes in recent year, the family structure and the importance of family values still remain a focus. Families are still cherished, honored and respected. In this session, children will learn important values such as Sharing, Patience, Appreciation, Respect, and Kindness (SPARK) through stories and songs. This session's emphasis is also in line with the Ministry of Education's emphasis on developing lifelong skills and disposition. This programme is for free admission however registration is required via library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg/programme/Bounce.aspx
ArtScience Museum Pop-up exhibit in conjunction with Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb at ArtScience Museum
1 – 31 October, Jurong West Public Library Don’t miss the secrets of the mysterious Egyptian burial practices and the mummification process! Interact with the exhibit and learn fun facts. This exhibition offers visitors a preview of the Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb exhibition at ArtScience Museum. Immerse yourself in an innovative 3D film experience and be amazed with over 100 artefacts, including six exceptionally preserved mummies from the famed Egyptian collection of the British Museum.
The Secrets of Embalming
Friday, 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm Programme Zone, Jurong West Public Library How did the ancient Egyptians preserve the dead in preparation for their journey into the Afterlife? This fascinating, hands-on demonstration reveals the scientific process of embalming, with plenty of opportunities for audience participation. This parent- child programme is open to 30 pairs. The workshop is suitable for children aged 6–12. This programme is free however registration is required via eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg
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Simply borrow any 8 books in 1 loan receipt from 16 - 30 October at Clementi Public Library and redeem cool home kits! While stocks last.
OCT Cool South West
Cool South West is an energy conservation initiative organized by the National Environment Agency (South West Regional Office). Find out how to fight against global warming and pick up tips on energy saving!
Kooky Scary Misadventure Story & Craft
Sunday, 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm Programme Zone, Ang Mo Kio Public Library When the lights go out… our story comes alive! Halloween is here, and it's when vampires play games and tell a story!
Oh wait! You get to make your very own story too! Join us for a Spooky Kooky scary misadventure! This programme is suitable for children aged 6–10. This programme is for free admission however registration is required via library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg.
OCT Can You Sketch The Suspect?
Monday, 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm Activity Room, Geylang East Public Library
The police needs your help! A snatch thief has grabbed Mrs Lee's bag and they need your help to identify the suspect! Try your hand at piecing together facial composite and put together clues to catch the criminal! This programme is limited to 30 children aged 6–8. Registration is required via the library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg with an admission fee of $2.
Young Author Club by Janus Education
Friday, 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm Room, Woodlands OCT Everest Regional Library
Monday, 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm Activity Room, Marine Parade Public Library
Young Author Club (YAC) is an initiative by Janus Education to nurture the creative literary aspirations of young students. Facilitated by experienced mentors in the writing industry, this free workshop aims to discover and inspire Singapore’s next generation of writers and storytellers. During the monthly get-together sessions, participants can exchange ideas about storylines, plots, characters, themes and more. For registration and more details, please email to email@example.com or call 6336 8985.
OCT The Scary Castle -
Speech and Drama Workshop Saturday, 5.00 pm – 6.30 pm Everest Room, Level 4, Woodlands Regional Library
Are you afraid of the dark? Have you always wanted to visit a haunted castle? Join The Mapping on a spooky journey on this Halloween! In this workshop, you will enter an exciting imaginary world and go trick-or-treating at a scary castle. You will figure out the interesting creatures that are waiting behind each door of the castle, as well as act out the characters in the story. You will also get to make and bring home their very own trick-or-treat bags and skeleton mask! This programme is open to children aged 4–6. This programme is for free admission however registration is required. Please register at library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg.
OCT A Screaming Good
Time! – Story & Craft Sunday, 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm Programme Zone, Bishan Public Library
Welcome to a Screaming Good time! Let's have a trick-or-treat adventure into the Haunted House and discover what our friends are up to. Learn about the artist Edvard Munch and his painting “The Scream”. Get ready to be your very own artist and create your spooky painting! Join us for a scream this Halloween! This programme is suitable for children aged 6–10. This programme is for free admission however registration is required via library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg.
OCT Halloween Story Time
(suitable for 4–10 years) Wednesday, 7.00 pm – 8.00 pm Programme Zone, Marine Parade Public Library
Come join us on the eve of Halloween for a spooky good time. Make a little Halloween Craft and be prepared to be brought to a frightful world as the storyteller shares some hair-raising tales! Feel free to dazzle us with your best costume, we'll be wearing ours!
Trick or Treat? Halloween Specials!
Thursday, 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm Activity Room, Bukit Panjang Public Library
Have fun with us at our Halloween Special, where we will tell you about spooky tales and I hope you aren't too afraid of... spiders? Because you'll also be hearing about them! This programme is limited to 25 children aged 8–12. Registration is required via the library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg with an admission fee of $2.
Time for Spooks!
Thursday, 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm Everest Room, Woodlands Regional Library
It's time for spooks ! Do you know how to spot a werewolf or what is the first Jack-o-lantern made of? Come join us and learn about some fun facts about spooks, you will also get to make a little spook treat-o-treat craft to bring home. This programme is limited to 30 children aged 7–8. Registration is required via the library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg with an admission fee of $2.
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OCT Cilik Berseni: Hassan & Gretel
Sabtu, 4 – 6 petang Merpati Hall, Geylang East Public Library
Khas buat Hari Kanak-Kanak! Variasi Performing Arts akan membentangkan muzikal Hassan dan Gretel, yang melibatkan muzik tradisional, tarian serta unsur-unsur sastera. Muzikal ini melibatkan penyertaan penonton. Marilah bersama kami untuk berhibur Oktober ini di Perpustakaan Awam Geylang East! Profil Organisasi Variasi Performing Arts adalah organisasi yang ditubuhkan oleh sekumpulan aktivis kesenian muda, pada tahun 2001. Bermula sebagai kumpulan tarian dan drama, Variasi telah berkembang menjadi pusat seni persembahan yang menyediakan platform untuk bakat-bakat muda memupuk dan memaksimumkan potensi kreatif mereka dengan menawarkan peluang untuk meneruskan minat dan bakat mereka dalam bidang kesenian. Program ini sesuai untuk keluarga. Penyertaan adalah percuma. Untuk maklumat lanjut dan mendaftar, sila layari golibrary.nlb.gov.sg. Pendaftaran juga boleh dibuat melalui e-kiosk di perpustakaan kami.
Do you like nature? If you do, these 2 programmes are for you!
OCT Know More About
Saturday, 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm Programme Zone, Queenstown Public Library Just like how each of the organs of our body performs specific roles, each part of a plant, such as roots, stem, leaves, flowers and fruits, has its special function too! Join us for this fun activity where you can ‘create’ your own plant, while recognising the mains parts of plants and understanding their different functions.
OCT The High Flyer
Saturday, 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm Activity Room, Geylang East Public Library Appreciate the wonderful and effective designs of winged seeds. You will also make models of your own winged seed and try them out! These programmes are suitable for children aged 4–10. This programme is for free admission however registration is required. Please register at library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg. About the speaker Ms Zheng Jiahui works at the National Parks Board. She enjoys gardening and is passionate about spreading her love for greenery and nature to children.
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OCT Happy Birthday PRPL - Colouring Competition
& Design a Birthday Card
Friday, 11.00 am – 4.00 pm, Activity Room Celebrate Pasir Ris Public Library’s with these two programmes. Join us as we celebrate Pasir Ris Public Library’s 13th birthday this October.
IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY
Take part in expressing your artistic talent in a colouring contest. A colouring template will be provided. This session is open to children aged 4–7. Help us create a Birthday card. This programme is open to children aged 8–12 and is limited to 25 participants. Each submitted entry will get a token for participating. Participate in both of these activities and stand a chance to win AsiaMalls vouchers –1st prize $50.00, 2nd prize $30.00 and 3rd prize $20.00. For both of the activities, do bring along your own colouring materials (in non–liquid form). The winners will be announced on 12th October and will be displayed in Pasir Ris Public Library.
OCT Happy Birthday PRPL:
Saturday, 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm Activity Room
Join us as we celebrate our 13th birthday by joining us in our merry Carnival@ PRPL! Enjoy a fun-filled line-up of balloon sculpting, temporary tattoo and traditional games such as pick-a-stick, hopscotch, five stones and Chapteh. Come on down to our library for a day of exciting games and fun activities. All are welcome to join in the festivities! Borrow 8 items from Pasir Ris Public Library in October and participate in any one of the Booths listed which will be held at our Activity room. Loan receipts can only be used for one activity. While stocks last!
OCT Happy Birthday PRPL:
Cup Cakes Workshop Saturday, 11.00 am – 12.00 pm Activity Room
Have you always looked with envy at the beautiful cupcake in the shop and wished you had the confidence to pick it up? Well now is your chance. We invite you to make a cup cake from scratch with important tips and baker secrets to help you bake these delicious treats. We will provide all materials. This programme requires registration at the library e-kiosks and admission is $2 for a parent and child pair. Limited to 30 pairs only. For children aged 7-12 years old only.
Performing Arts OCT Dramatic Storytelling with Act 3
Friday, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm & 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm Everest Room, Woodlands Regional Library
Unleash your imagination this Children’s Day as Act 3 brings you on an amazing journey through different Asian tales! Learn how to use the skill of role-playing to tell a story dramatically and explore and develop your confidence through the use of theatre games. You will even get to showcase your talents to your parents at the end of the workshop! Parents are invited to join in for the last 30 minutes of the workshop and explore techniques that can be used to enhance your reading experience with your children. There are 2 sessions of this workshop for 2 different age groups. The session from 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm is for children aged 4–6, while the session from 4.30 pm – 6.30pm is for children aged 7–9. This programme is limited to 15 children per session. This programme is for free admission however registration is required. Please register at library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg. Should the programme be fully registered and you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please email your name and contact number to Serena_Toh@nlb.gov.sg with the subject title “Dramatic Storytelling”.
OCT Fairytale Trails
Saturday, 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm Programme Zone, Jurong West Public Library Saturday, 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm Programme Zone, Toa Payoh Public Library
Enjoy an afternoon of family fun and laughter as the students from various drama clubs present their interpretations of classic fairytales! Catch well loved stories such as “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", "Little Red Riding Hood" and more! The session on 19 October will be by St. Margaret’s Secondary School and Northbrooks Secondary School, while the session on 26 October will be by Springfield Secondary School and Northbrooks Secondary School.
Children’s Day Special! Exclusive Screening of Dream Defenders
Saturday, 12.45 pm – 1.45 pm Programme Zone, Toa Payoh Public Library Sunday, 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm Programme Zone, Jurong Regional Library
Join us for a sneak preview screening of Dream Defenders, a show made in Singapore by our local animators at Tiny Island Productions. Look out for the Draw your Momok Competition and more screenings in November! Dream Defenders are Zane, Zoey, and the supercomputer ZEUS. Zane and Zoey are twins, which means they bicker and battle together on a grand adventure that will take them far beyond the limits of their backyard. ZEUS sends the twins to the Dreamworlds and equips them with gadgets to fight the Momoks, monsters created from our nightmare and fears. Zane and Zoey will have to dig deep within themselves to find courage and the hero within. Dream Defenders is about facing our nightmares and fears, overcoming them, and, in the process, growing stronger and more courageous. supercomputer Zeus – can stop Icela!
Saturday & Sunday, 2.00pm – 3.30pm, Programme Zone, Serangoon Public Library
Join us for this 2-day ukulele workshop for families! You’ll acquire basic knowledge and strumming techniques to play this lovely instrument. Kindly commit to both sessions as seats are limited. Instruments will be provided during the workshop. This programme is suitable for children aged 6–15 and is limited to 10 grandparent/parent and child pairs per session. This programme is for free admission however registration is required. Please register at library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg. Each registration entitles entry for one grandparent/parent and child pair. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Should the programme be fully registered and you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please email your name and contact number to Gareth_Teng@nlb.gov.sg with the subject title “Aloha Ukelele!”.
Behind The Painted Mask
Sunday, 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm Activity Room, Yishun Public Library
Chinese opera masks, which are painted and drawn on the faces of actors and singers, are used to depict the traits and characteristics of the role each actor is playing. Let’s experience the uniqueness of Chinese culture and learn to appreciate this traditional art as you create your own painted mask! This workshop is suitable for children aged 6 – 12 years old. As seats are limited, please register at library e-kiosks or at http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg/programme/Arts. aspx. Admission is free! Although this programme is planned for free admission, registration is required via library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg/programme/Arts.aspx. Should the programme be fully registered and you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please email your name and contact number to Gareth_Teng@nlb.gov.sg with “Behind the Painted Mask” as the subject title.
Exhibitions Crossing Cultures
Visual Arts OCT
Chinese Ink Painting for Children
24 September – 21 October Ang Mo Kio Public Library 23 October – 19 November Serangoon Public Library
Saturday, 3.30 pm – 5.30 pm Programme Zone, Bishan Public Library Join us for a Chinese ink painting workshop for children aged 6–12. Learn the correct way of holding Chinese brushes and practice different forms of brush strokes. As seats are limited, please register at library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb. gov.sg. Should the programme be fully registered and you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please email your name and contact number to Gareth_Teng@nlb.gov.sg with the subject title “Chinese Ink Painting for Children”.
Details of objects from Devotion and Desire.
The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) and the Peranakan Museum are delighted to take you on a journey through Asia. For thousands of years, the cultures of Asia have traded, interacted, and exchanged ideas among themselves and with the wider world. Explore art in our interactive installation and learn how cultures connect through highlights of our current special exhibition, Devotion and Desire, which focuses on the artistic results of these contacts.
is a community celebration of hopes and dreams and about the importance of creating special family memories through play. Join us for a whole day of family fun and laughter as we embark on a journey of exciting art and craft workshops, drama workshops, storytelling and singing sessions, and loads of creative cardboard play!
A Family Cardboard Games Play Date 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm, The Pod, Level 16, National Library Building Join in this family cardboard games play date ala ‘kampong’ style, by creating a game out of cardboard or other recycled materials! To participate, all you have to do is to bring a game your family has made and share it with others. You’re welcome to bring in as many cardboard game creations as you like! The programme is limited to 80 participants, for families with children aged 2-12. Although this programme is planned for free admission, registration is still required. For participation guidelines, please refer to http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg/Programmes/Bounce.aspx or ThePlayfulParents.com
10.00 am – 4.30 pm My Tree House, Central Public Library
Create animals out of cardboard and recycled materials and have them displayed on the amazing cardboard ship. Borrow 6 items from Central Public Library in the month of October 2013 and present your loan receipt at the crafting stations to participate!
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11.00 am – 12.00 pm Multi-purpose Room, Central Public Library 2-5 yrs (Limited to 15 parent-child pairs)
You and your little ones will learn how to make a rain stick, dance with it and maybe meet a wild creature or two!
1.00 pm – 2.00 pm Multi-purpose Room, Central Public Library 4-8 yrs (Limited to 15 parent-child pairs)
It’s a hat! It’s a boat! It’s a telescope! Join Captain Dominique as she leads you and your child to create fun objects using newspaper.
2.00 pm – 4.00 pm Possibility Room, Level 5, National Library Building 9-12 yrs (Limited to 12 parent-child pairs)
Through a variety of drama games, parents and children will communicate and share in each other’s aspirations, hopes and dreams.
12.30 pm - 1.00 pm My Tree House, Central Public Library
Listen to stories of dreamers who dared to pursue their dreams.
5.00 pm – 5.30 pm The Pod, Level 16, National Library Building
Folk singer-songwriter Dawn Fung shares original songs in Sing Me a Dream, where impossible things happen to animals on a voyage.
Please register via library e-kiosk or Go Library website. Should the programme be fully registered and you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please email your name and contact number to Sonja_Wong@nlb.gov.sg with the title of the programme as the subject. Log on to http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg/programmes/Bounce.aspx to register or ThePlayfulParents.com for more details.
The King Who Wouldn't Sleep Debbie Singleton Minneapolis: Andersen Press USA: Distributed in the United States by Lerner Pub. Group, 2012. JP SIN In this lovely bedtime story, there is a king who will not sleep. He will not sleep until he finds the perfect husband for his lovely daughter. Princes from all over the land, bearing gifts, want to make the king fall asleep so that they can win the hand of this lovely princess. However hard they try, they just cannot do so – with the exception of a clever farmer boy who has a perfect plan to send the king into dreamland. As a parent, you will be delighted to see your young ones counting the animals that are brought to the king as gifts. The story also has a sweet and wonderful twist at the end and it is definitely not your typical fairytale. Reviewed by Angela Chen Xinyun
The Awful Orphan Elf Gillian Johnson London: Hodder Children’s, 2013. JS JOH Alphonse the one-eyed elf is seeing double after a big troll sits on his head. However his greedy leprechaun manager drags him out of the Monster Hospital and forces him to play in the monster football championship game against ‘Troll City’ team. In the instalment of the Monster Hospital series, read how the four young doctors at Monster Hospital use their quick wits and a special magic ointment to try and heal Alphonse. Will they be able to make it in time? With Alphonse the football star player injured, how will ‘Orphans United’ team fare against the giant trolls from the opposing team? Reviewed by Tan Yun Xian
The Sultan's Tigers Josh Lacey London: Andersen, 2012. J LAC While sitting alone in his granddad’s house after attending his funeral, Tom sees a stranger come into the house, apparently looking for something. Tom discovers that his late granddad had a secret. He had stolen one of the sultan’s eight jewel-encrusted tigers while serving in India. The figurine is one of the eight tigers which once decorated the Sultan’s throne. Tom and his uncle Harvey go to India to search for the treasure. Simultaneously, a ruthless collector is also looking for the missing tiger. Seven of the eight ‘tigers’ are already in his collection. It’s a race against time for Tom, his uncle Harvey and the billionaire’s lackeys. The story is full of unexpected twists and turns. Set in beautiful and colourful India, this fast-paced story is difficult to put down. Reviewed by Johan A Rahman
This Monster Cannot Wait Bethany Barton New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, c2013. JP BAR Stewart, the world’s most lovable, stubborn monster, is promised a camping trip, but he has to wait five WHOLE days! Trouble starts when Stewart insists on going camping NOW. He tries everything possible to make time go faster – updating clocks, manipulating calendars and even building a time machine to bring him to the future! Stewart’s parents try to get him to wait patiently and pass his time wisely, but watch what he desperately tries to do to get to his camping trip sooner! Filled with funny details and anecdotes of the monster world, this book will have you in laughing fits. Reviewed by Yasmin Ally
Chu’s Day Neil Gaiman London: Bloomsbury, 2013. JP GAI Chu is a little panda with a very big problem: when he sneezes, BAD things happen! Join Chu and his parents on a day out to the library, a diner and finally the circus. Will Chu sneeze or won’t he? And what bad things will happen if he does? This simple yet charming tale by acclaimed writer Neil Gaiman is sure to delight readers of all ages. Just like Chu’s parents, you’ll feel the suspense when Chu gets one of his attacks, be it from a cloud of dust or a whiff of pepper. The little panda’s larger-than-life sneezes and the ensuing alarm he stirs up will tickle you to no end, with Adam Rex’s vivid illustrations complementing the tale perfectly. By the end of the story, after Chu’s comical response to the catastrophic events he’s created, you know this panda will remain a beloved character for children and parents for a long time to come. Reviewed by Nicola Cheong
JUNIOR READING AMBASSADOR George’s Marvellous Medicine Roald Dahl London: Puffin, 2001. J DAH
This story is about a young boy named George, and his very mean and scary grandmother. In George’s eyes, his grandmother looks really ugly. She has pale brown teeth and a really terrible looking mouth. She is very upset all the time and she scolds George whenever she has the chance to. What makes it worse? She has to take a large spoonful of thick, yucky, brown medicine four times a day. If you think that makes her a better person, you are absolutely wrong; she is as horrid as can be! Like all of Roald Dahl’s books, I love this one because when I read it, I become engrossed in this magical, wondrous world that he has created. His exaggerated descriptions make me feel like I am one of the characters in his story. My favourite part of the story comes about when George’s grandmother begins to grow really big when she was fed the medicine that George makes out of household items! I hope I never get to taste any of George’s homemade medicine. I do not think they will make anyone well… In fact, it might make them sick. This review was written by Charlotte Lee Jiale, aged 10. Charlotte is a Junior Reading Ambassador with the National Library Board. In her free time, Charlotte enjoys reading and playing computer games.
Judy Moody & Stink: The Holly Joliday Megan McDonald Cambridge, Mass.: Candlewick Press, c2007. JS MAC It is Christmas Eve and Stink is wishing for snow. He lives in Virginia where it has not snowed since 1980. Jack Frost, a postman, finds out about Stink’s wish and grants him white fluffy snow on Christmas. Stink is as happy as a lark and tries to stay up to watch the snowfall. His sister, Judy, stays up as well, but Stink falls asleep soon after. Having waited in vain for snow, Judy cuts paper snowflakes and sprinkles paper confetti onto Stink. So, it did snow on Christmas, just as Jack Frost promised. I liked reading this book as it is really funny and I loved it especially when Judy tries to make Christmas special for her brother. She knows it is impossible to have a white Christmas in Virginia, but she decides to let her brother have his very own special Christmas. The sparkly book cover, a first in the Judy Moody series, makes me fall in love with this book even more. So, don’t miss the chance to read this touching story! This review is contributed by Eunice Chong Hui Xin, aged 10. Eunice is a pupil at Wellington Primary School and a Junior Reading Ambassador with the National Library Board.
Super Storytastic is full of fun. Learn about anything under the sun. Dragons, Robots, Kittens and Whales; Mysteries, Humour and Adventure Tales! Ang Mo Kio Public Library Every 1st, 2nd & 3rd Friday, 7.30 pm – 8.00 pm
Bukit Merah Public Library Fridays, 7.30 pm – 8.00 pm Bukit Panjang Public Fridays, 7.30 pm – 8.00 pm
Central Public Librar Sundays, 12.30 pm – 1.00 pm
Cheng San Public Lib rary Every 1st Wednesday, 3.30 pm – 4.00 pm
Choa Chu Kang Public Library Fridays, 7.30 pm – 8.00 pm
Clementi Public Library Mondays, 7.30 pm – 8.00 pm
Geylang East Public Library Every 1st & 2nd Sunday, 2.00 pm – 2.30 pm
Jurong Regional Lib Sundays, 12.30 – 1.00 pm
Jurong West Public Library Tuesdays, 7.30 pm – 8.00 pm
Marine Parade Public Library Every 1st, 2nd & 3rd Friday, 3.30 pm – 4.00 pm Pasir Ris Public Library Wednesdays, 7.00 pm - 7.30 pm
Hey Kids, join our librarians in this half hour of fun facts and stories. Get to know about awesome authors and brilliant books you can dive into. For children aged 7–10.
Sengkang Public Library Every 1st, 2nd & 3rd Saturday, 12.30 pm – 1.00 pm Serangoon Public Library Tuesdays, 7.30 pm – 8.00 pm
Tampines Regional Library Sundays, 12.30 pm – 1.00 pm Toa Payoh Public Library Thursdays, 7.30 pm – 8.00 pm y
Yishun Public Librar Thursdays, 7.30 pm – 8.00 pm
Woodlands Regional Library Fridays, 7.30 pm – 8.00 pm
Story Times CENTRAL
Bishan Public Library Thursdays, 3.30 pm – 4.00 pm (4 – 6 yrs) Every 1st Saturday, 11.30 am – 12.00 pm (4 – 6 yrs) Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday, 7.30 pm – 8.00 pm (7 – 10 yrs) Every 2nd Friday, 3.30 pm – 4.00 pm (4 – 6 yrs) (CH)
Tampines Regional Library Tuesdays, 4.00 pm – 4.30 pm (4 – 6 yrs) Every 1st Friday, 4.00 pm – 4.30 pm (4 – 10 yrs) (M) Every 2nd Friday, 4.00 pm – 4.30 pm (4 – 10 yrs) (T) Every 1st & 3rd Saturday, 11.30 am – 12.00 pm (4 – 10 yrs) (CH) *Every 2nd & 4th Saturday, 11.30 am – 12.00 pm
Toa Payoh Public Library Saturdays, 11.00 am – 11.30 am (4 – 6 yrs) Central Public Library Every 1st & 3rd Saturday, 12.30 pm – 1.00 pm (CH) Every 2nd & 4th Saturday, 12.30 pm – 1.00 pm (4 – 8 yrs) Cheng San Public Library Every 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Wednesday 3.30 pm – 4.00 pm (4 – 6 yrs) *Every Friday, 3.30 pm – 4.00 pm (4–6 yrs) *Every 3rd & 4th Sunday 2.30 pm – 3.00 pm (4–8 yrs) Serangoon Public Library Wednesdays, 3.30 pm – 4.00 pm (4 – 6 yrs) *Every 1st and 2nd Saturday, 11.30 am – 12.00 pm (4 – 8 yrs)
Bedok Public Library Saturdays, 3.00 pm – 3.30 pm (4 – 6 yrs) Saturdays, 2.30 pm – 3.00 pm (4 – 8 yrs) (CH) Geylang East Public Library Wednesdays, 7.30 pm – 8.00 pm (4 – 6 yrs) Every 3rd & 4th Saturdays, 11.00 am – 11.30 am (4 – 6 yrs) Every 2nd Wednesday, 8.00 pm – 8.30 pm (4 – 10 yrs) (CH) Pasir Ris Public Library Fridays, 7.00 pm – 7.30 pm (4 – 6 yrs) *Every 2nd & 4th Saturday, 11.30 am – 12.00 pm Marine Parade Public Library Wednesdays, 7.30 pm – 8.00 pm (4 – 6 yrs) Every 4th Friday, 7.30 pm – 8.00 pm (4 – 10 yrs) (CH) Sengkang Public Library Every Friday, 3.00 pm – 3.30 pm (4 – 6 yrs) Every 1st, 2nd, 3rd Saturday, 12.30 pm – 1.00 pm (7 – 10 yrs) Every 4th Saturday, 12.30 pm – 1.00 pm (4 – 10 yrs) (CH) *Every 1st & 2nd Sunday, 2.30 pm – 3.00 pm (4 – 8 yrs)
Ang Mo Kio Public Library Every 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Wednesday, 3.00 pm – 3.30 pm (4 – 6 yrs) Every 4th Wednesday, 4.00 pm – 4.30 pm (4 – 8 yrs) (CH)
Bukit Batok Public Library Tuesdays, 7.30 pm – 8.00 pm (4 – 6 yrs) Thursdays, 3.00 pm – 3.30 pm (4 – 6 yrs) Every 1st Wednesday, 3.00 pm – 3.30 pm (4 – 8 yrs) (CH) *Every 1st & 3rd Saturday, 11.30 am – 12.00 pm
Sembawang Public Library Wednesdays, 3.00 pm – 3.30 pm (4 – 6 yrs) Fridays, 4.30 pm – 5.00 pm (4 – 8 yrs) (CH) *Every 2nd & 4th Saturday, 11.30 am –12.00 pm Woodlands Regional Library Saturdays, 3.00 pm – 3.30 pm (4 – 6 yrs) Every 1st Saturday, 4.00 pm – 4.30 pm (4 – 8 yrs) (CH) Every 2nd Saturday, 4.00 pm – 4.30 pm (4 – 10 yrs) (M) Yishun Public Library Every 1st, 2nd & 3rd Tuesday, 3.00 pm – 3.30 pm (4 – 6 yrs) Every 1st Monday, 7.30 pm – 8.00 pm (4 – 10 yrs) (T) Every 4th Tuesday, 3.00 pm – 3.30 pm (4 – 8 yrs) (CH) *Every 1st & 3rd Saturday, 11.30 am – 12.00 pm (4 – 8 yrs)
Bukit Panjang Public Library Every 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Friday, 3.00 pm – 3.30 pm (4 – 6 yrs) Every 1st Friday, 3.00 pm – 3.30 pm (4 – 8 yrs) (CH) * Every 2nd & 3rd Sunday, 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm (4 – 8 yrs) Clementi Public Library Thursdays, 3.00 pm – 3.30 pm (4 – 6 yrs) *Every 1st & 3rd Saturday, 3.00 pm – 3.30 pm (4–8 yrs) Jurong Regional Library Saturdays, 12.30 pm – 1.00 pm (4 – 6 yrs) Every 1st Saturday, 4.00 pm – 4.30 pm (4 – 10 yrs) (CH) Every 2nd Saturday, 4.00 pm – 4.30 pm (4 – 10 yrs) (M) *Every 1st & 2nd Friday, 4.00 pm – 4.30 pm (4 – 8 yrs) Bukit Merah Public Library Thursdays, 7.30 pm – 8.00 pm (4 – 6 yrs) Choa Chu Kang Public Library Wednesdays, 7.30 pm – 8.00 pm (4 – 6 yrs) *Every 2nd & 4th Saturday, 11.30 am – 12.00 pm (4 – 8 yrs)
Legend: CH Chinese | M Malay | T Tamil *conducted by our Friends of the Library.
Jurong West Public Library Saturdays, 3.30 pm – 4.00 pm (4 – 6 yrs)
The National Library and all Public Libraries will be closed on 15 October due to Hari Raya Haji.
Queenstown Public Library Saturdays, 10.30 am – 11.00 am (4 – 6 yrs) *Wednesdays, 7.30 pm – 8.00 pm
Our Locations AMPL
Ang Mo Kio Public Library
4300 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6, S(569842) BEPL
Bedok Public Library
21 Bedok North Street 1, S(469659) BIPL
Bishan Public Library
5 Bishan Place, #01-01, S(579841)
100 Victoria Street, #B1-01, S(188064) CSPL
Cheng San Public Library
90 Hougang Avenue 10, Hougang Mall, #03-11, S(689812) CCKPL
Choa Chu Kang Public Library
21 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4 Lot 1 Shoppers Mall #04-01/02, S(689812)
1 Bukit Batok Central Link West Mall #03-01, S(658713)
Bukit Batok Public Library
Bukit Merah Public Library 3779 Jalan Bukit Merah, S(159462) BPPL
Bukit Panjang Public Library 1 Jelebu Road, Bukit Panjang Plaza, #04-16/17, S(677743) CMPL
Clementi Public Library
3155 Commonwealth Avenue West #05-13/14/15 The Clementi Mall S(129588) CNPL
Chinatown Point, 133 New Bridge Road #04-12 Chinatown Point S(059413)
Central Public Library
8 Raffles Avenue, #03-01, S(039802) GEPL
Geylang East Public Library 50 Geylang East Avenue 1, S(389777) JRL
Jurong Regional Library
21 Jurong East Central 1, S(609732) JWPL
Jurong West Public Library
60 Jurong West Central 3, S(648346) MPPL
Marine Parade Public Library 278 Marine Parade Road, #01-02 Marine Parade Community Building, S(449282)
National Library Building 100 Victoria Street, S(188064)
Serangoon Public Library
23 Serangoon Central #04-82/83 NEX (Level 4R) S(556083 )
1 Pasir Ris Central St. 3, White Sands, #04-01/06, S(518457)
Tampines Regional Library
Pasir Ris Public Library
Queenstown Public Library 53 Margaret Drive, S(149297) SBPL
Sembawang Public Library 30 Sembawang Drive Sun Plaza, #03-01, S(757713) SKPL
Sengkang Public Library
1 Sengkang Square Compass Point, #04-26/27, S(545078)
31 Tampines Avenue 7, S(529620) TPPL
Toa Payoh Public Library 6 Toa Payoh Central, S(319191) WRL
Woodlands Regional Library
900 South Woodlands Drive, Woodlands Civic Centre, #01-03, S(730900) YIPL
Yishun Public Library
930 Yishun Ave 2, Northpoint Shopping Centre, Level 4, S(769098)
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