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Food Recipes For Diabetics

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Yang Menulis/They Who Write

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Join us at this seminar where you will be introduced to a variety of food that can help you reduce your blood sugar levels. You will also learn delicious easy-to-cook dishes.

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Check out this exhibition featuring manuscripts and lithographs from NLB’s Rare Material Collection.


Dear Readers, August is going to be an extremely exciting month. Apart from the many programmes at our libraries, Singapore will be hosting the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library & Information Congress (WLIC) 2013 for the very first time. This leading professional event for the international library and information services sector will welcome over 2,500 people from more than 120 countries to our sunny island! The presence of IFLA in Singapore has also allowed us to organise a series of IFLA Public Talks especially for you between 17th August – 21st August. Some highlights include gaining tips from Getting Kids to Read in this Busy World to coax a reluctant reader and Now You See It: The Science of Attention and the Future of Learning that opens our minds to the possibility of increasing the ability to focus for an extended time; Accessibility: Hi Tech for Access for the chance to experience one of the latest technological advancements that will make means of reading more convenient and accessible to those affected by physical or cognitive disabilities. Reading is an experience into the unknown, an opportunity to connect with others beyond our physical boundaries. Literacy and reading are essential at every stage of our lives. Being able to host IFLA is a milestone for libraries in Singapore and this opportunity could not have been possible without the support of library-goers in Singapore. Thank you for placing Singapore’s libraries on the international map through your love of books and reading. To our Muslim friends, “Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri” and to all, “Happy National Day!” Yours, Elaine Ng Chair, IFLA WLIC 2013 National Committee CEO, National Library Board

Cover Design : Provided by National Library Board Design : Artnexus Design Pte Ltd

AUGUST 2013 // golibrary.nlb.gov.sg


Drop it, Pop it, Lindy Hop it!

by Vaishnavi Nathan

No longer being confined to nostalgia, the Lindy Hop is a phenomenon of the 20s that’s here to stay! Lennart Westerlund, the founding member of the only Lindy Hop professional troupe in the world, The Harlem Hot Shots (Sweden) made a special stopover to host the readers of Woodlands Regional Library to an interactive workshop of American dance and music. Through vibrant dance demonstrations of the Charleston, Big Apple and Lindy Hop, readers were introduced to its historical and musical influences. During this session, readers also harnessed the basic movements and swagger of the revolutionary – Lindy Hop. Keep a look out for more international dance workshops in the upcoming months under the ‘Art in Motion’ dance series presented by ‘Fill Yourself with the Arts’!

Readers having a go at lindy hopping!

Recommended titles:

Let’s Dance Author Publisher Call Number

Pozo, Cal New York : Hatherleigh Press, c2007 English 793.3 POZ – [REC]

This book enables you to pick up various dance styles like the swing, salsa and waltz with its quick and easy basic dance steps! The accompanying DVD also gives you a rundown on the different methods and angles for that smooth delivery!

Impressive Dance Moves (Read me!: Try this at home) Author Publisher Call Number

Labrecque, Ellen Chicago, Ill. : Raintree, c2013. English 792.8 LAB

If you want to do the moonwalk, the worm, and other cool dance moves that will impress your friends – this is the book for you! This collection of dance moves gives you step-by-step illustrated instructions that’s quick to master!


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An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way. - Charles Bukowski

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Esplanade Presents: An insight to the World of Peranakan (Majolica) Tiles 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm Open Stage, library@esplanade

Come join Victor Lim as he introduces us to the world of Peranakan (Majolica) tiles. He will take us on a brief historical journey, sharing tile applications found in Peranakan homes as well as showcasing the different types of tiles made by manufacturers of that era.

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Esplanade Presents: A Chinese Compendium: Stone Carvings

Esplanade Presents: “Who is the Ang Ku Kueh Girl?”

5.30 pm – 6.30 pm Open Stage, library@esplanade

4.00 pm – 5.00 pm Open Stage, library@esplanade

Intricate craftsmanship and artistry on stone carvings can be seen in homes, iconic buildings and even tombs around Singapore. We invite you to listen to Ang Yik Han as he uncovers stories literally set in stone that reveal gems from the past.

Ang Ku Kueh Girl is born out of a desire to connect self to people to community. It is one woman’s personal Project Singapore, set to embrace more and more people in a journey of rediscovering. Using local pastries much loved in Singapore but little known outside our homeland, Shijia and her team created Ang Ku Kueh Girl and Friends. Journey with Shijia to uncover how her dream for a Singapore-themed product went from idea to a manifestation of local food culture to functional designs.

This programme is part of Esplanade’s National Day Celebrations 2013 festival, themed “I LIke Singapore...”

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Esplanade Presents: Mapping Singapore: A Potted History

Esplanade Presents: “An Island on the Tip” by ACT 3 Theatrics – Original Singapore stories Written and Told by our Young

5.30 pm – 6.30 pm Open Stage, library@esplanade

Starting with the founding of Singapore in 1819, this presentation will take you through major periods of map-making in Singapore’s history until the present day. Representative and significant maps from each period will be highlighted.

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3.00 pm – 3.30 pm & 5.00 pm – 5.30 pm Dance Village, library@esplanade

Mentored by ACT 3 Theatrics, young authors gathered together to write their very own original Singapore stories that will be brought alive with verve by child storytellers as we celebrate National Day at Esplanade.

This programme is part of Esplanade’s National Day Celebrations 2013 festival, themed “I LIke Singapore...”

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OOOM Open Mike Sessions 5.00 pm – 7.00 pm Open Stage, library@esplanade

OOOM is Singapore’s first social open mike. Initially an acronym for “Originals Only Open Mike”, OOOM now welcomes performances of not only original songs, but also of covers and even poetry. It is a platform for celebrating creativity, enjoying the arts, and encouraging community bonding and peace-building through the universal language of music. OOOM will commemorate special days like the United Nations “International Day Of Families” and celebrate the good work of organisations in the social and humanitarian space. Anyone can sing and recite poetry at OOOM. Performance slots are open for registration at the venue half an hour before the session. Pre-registration can be done via email (ooom.sg@gmail.com). OOOM will regularly invite Featured Artistes to perform a short set to inspire budding singer-songwriters and performers. More details about OOOM can be found at www.ooom.sg. AUGUST 2013 // golibrary.nlb.gov.sg


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People do not seem to realise that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Insight: Under One Sky Creative Writing workshop 10.00 am – 1.00 pm Programme Zone, Woodlands Regional Library

This programme is open to 40 participants aged 13 and above. 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 readsingapore@nlb.gov.sg.

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Singapore 2013 titles! This basic introduction to short story writing is organised in conjunction with the Insight: Under One Sky Competition. Participants are strongly encouraged to submit the short stories produced during the workshop for the competition. For more information, please visit www.insight-competition.blogspot.com.

Insight: Under One Sky Competition in collaboration with Frontier CC Youth Executive Committee 24 June - 31 August

Participants are invited to submit their individual interpretations of, or responses to, a Read! Singapore 2013 short story title, in the form of a picture-essay, prose or poetry, for a chance to have their work exhibited or published online. The top 3 winners will be awarded with cash prizes. Please visit www.insight-competition.blogspot.com to register.

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Hone your writing skills with this workshop inspired by the Read!

FUNdaMENTALs reading club

Malay in Minutes!

10.00 am – 11.30 am Amazon Room, Woodlands Regional Library

6.30 pm – 7.30 pm Activity Room, Geylang East Public Library

Learn how to improve your language through a poignant book and make new friends along this way. This book club aims to encourage the confident use of English among adults in their day–to–day usage.

Would you like to converse in Malay with your friends and neighbours? Malay in Minutes! is a bookclub for adults whereby simple Malay books are used as learning tools to assist participants converse in Malay.

AUGUST 2013 // golibrary.nlb.gov.sg


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Book Lovers’ Club

Heartlands Book Club

3.00 pm – 6.00 pm Multipurpose Room, Central Public Library

5.00 pm – 6.30 pm Activity Room, Bukit Batok Public Library

For singles, this monthly book club focus on relationships and inspirational stories. A different book is discussed for each session.

In August, we discuss Strindberg’s play “Miss Julia”. Strindberg’s drama focuses on the downfall of the aristocratic Miss Julie, a misfit in her society. Julie rebels against the restrictions placed on her as a woman and as a member of the upper-class. From the beginning of the play, her behavior is shown to alienate her peer class and shock the servants. She displays a blatant disregard for class and gender conventions.

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Seniors Reading Club 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm Bugis Room, Central Public Library

Despite the name, this club to open to all adult readers! The club currently meets on a monthly basis to share the common joy of reading. Join us for an enjoyable hour of lively discussion. For the month of August, we’ll be discussing “The Thorn Birds” by Colleen McCollough (Call No.: English MAC). For more information, please contact Wan Ni at wan_ni_lo@nlb.gov.sg.

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For registration, please email name and contact number to shirley_lim@nlb.gov.sg

The IngREADients Book Club 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm Activity Room, Geylang East Public Library

What comes to mind when you think of a dish that represents Singapore? Is it the famous Rojak, which symbolises our multi-racial country? Or is it that sweet ice kachang that everyone loves when the sunny island gets too hot? This month, we’ll be looking at “The Handover” by Yong Shu Hoong from the “Bridges” compilation, a publication of NLB’s own READ! Singapore. In a country where good food is always just around the corner, it never occurs to us to learn how to cook our favourite dishes, until it is too late. What happens when our “favourite hawker” is “no longer in business”? Yong Shu Hoong shows us what happens when we take our food, and our family, for granted, in this short story. So join us this time as we embark in a local culinary reminiscence!


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If you live your life for the approval of others you will die by their rejection. - P. Rick Warren

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Life & Debt

12.30 pm – 1.30 pm Changi/Simei Room, Tampines Regional Library

A talk series brought by DP Credit Bureau You are concerned over how you are managing your finances and credit over time and have fallen into debt. You need to know how you can recover and renegotiate without getting into bankruptcy. You would like to seek help and assistance to get your money and life back on track. UNDERSTANDING CREDIT & DEBT • How does one fall into debt? • What should you do when you are already in debt? • What should you do if you find that you are spiralling out of control? • Who can you turn to? • What does bankruptcy mean? • How can you recover from bankruptcy? IMPORTANCE OF CREDIT REPORT (DP Credit Bureau) • Maintaining your reputation collateral – credit report • How to manage and improve on your personal credit behaviour over time The programme is for free admission however registration is required. Please register at library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg. Light refreshment will be provided.

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Life-Wise

1.00 pm – 2.00 pm Changi/Simei Room, Tampines Regional Library

Want to connect better with your colleagues? Master the elusive art of work-life balance? Inject new meaning and value into your work? Learn how you can manage your time, your career, and even your life at our monthly book club meetings where career experts and life coaches will share tips from both personal experience and books. Life-wise is open to both current and prospective employees. The programme is for free admission however registration is required. Please register at library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg.

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When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen. - Harley Davidson

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Effective (Acupuncture Points) for Good Health 2.00 pm– 4.00 pm Programme Zone, library@chinatown

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical procedure that works by restoring the normal flow of energy through the body. Sign up for this workshop to hear on “health effective” acupuncture points and self–massaging techniques.

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Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm Programme Zone, Ang Mo Kio Public Library

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy includes a group of symptoms of the limbs caused by nerve damage due to diabetes. Such patients may experience abnormal sensations of hands and feet (such as numbness or sharp pains), muscle weakness and balancing problems etc. On top of diet control, find out how Traditional Chinese Medicine can help in the relief and prevention of these symptoms through selected herbs and acupoints.

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Food recipes for diabetics

Phytotherapy Approach To Treating And Preventing Children’s Ailments

2.00 pm – 3.00 pm Programme Zone, Ang Mo Kio Public Library

Diabetes is a very common chronic disease and approximately 11.3% of the population in Singapore has diabetes. Besides using medication for treatment, lifestyle management is also very important for diabetes, and controlling the diet plays an essential role in lifestyle management. For diabetic patients, good lifestyle management can help to control and delay the aggravation of the condition. For healthy people, it can help to prevent diabetes. This programme will briefly introduce a variety of food, which can help to reduce blood sugar and also delicious, healthy and easy-to-cook dishes that can be prepared.

2.00 pm – 4.00 pm Programme Zone, Marine Parade Public Library

In this workshop, Sebastian Liew, a qualified and registered Medical Herbalist, will share with you how naturopathic phytotherapy can be used to treat children common ailments such as fever, eczema and allergies to build better immune health. He will also touch on the use of phytotherapy for mothers–to–be and infant care.

The above programmes are for free admission however registration is registration is required via eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg/programme/Wellness.aspx AUGUST 2013 // golibrary.nlb.gov.sg


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The most important thing that a father can do for his children is to love their mother. - Theodore M. Hesburgh

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Stargazing in Singapore: The Summer Triangle

Chinese History and Culture Club

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For Parents Only

The Parenting Club 11.00 am – 12.30 pm Activity Room, Sengkang Public Library

Sengkang Public Library welcomes Ms. Cecilia Eow, Programme Facilitator of ‘The Parenting Club’, to share with you life–long parenting skills through interactive group discussions and sharing of experiences or play dates. Each session touches on one to two chapters of the audio–book titled, ‘Boundaries with Kids: How Healthy Choices Grow’. This programme is for free admission however registration is still required. Please register at Library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg.

AUGUST 2013 // golibrary.nlb.gov.sg

This talk is presented by the Ancient China History Meetup, focusing on eunuchs of the Ming dynasty and their economic, political and military power. Studies suggest that the eunuchs served as a counter-balancing power to the powerful clans in the ruling house. What other reasons could there be for their rise? The presentation will be followed by a discussion and question-and-answer session with the speaker.

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Learn how to read simple star charts and observe various celestial objects in this monthly session with Gary Chee. An experienced amateur astronomer who has conducted numerous stargazing sessions, he has the ability to explain complex astronomical concepts in simple terms. Bring your family and friends and discover the wonders of the Universe!

3.00 pm – 6.00 pm Programme Zone, Serangoon Public Library

Game On! - Board Games 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm Programme Zone, Serangoon Public Library

Never thought you could play games in the library? Now you can! Join us for an afternoon of board games with gamers from the Singapore Boardgames Meetup group.

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7.30 pm – 8.30 pm Programme Zone, Toa Payoh Public Library

The Make Lounge: Make Stuff And Meet People! - Brooche Making 11.00 am – 12.30 pm Activity Room, Bukit Merah Public Library

Join us for a fun and exciting session of designing and creating your own brooch. Style your fashion with one of the most versatile piece of jewellery. Pin one on your blouse, sweater, jacket, dress, scarf, hat, or just about anywhere else for a little extra jazz. See you there! This programme is for free admission to 25 participants with a loan receipt of any 8 items.


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Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle. -Christian D. Larson

Antique Majolica Tiles used in Peranakan Society Presented by: Aster by Kyra Pte Ltd 1–11 August, Glass Showcase, library@esplanade

If you appreciate the beauty of Peranakan (Majolica) Tiles, come visit this unique exhibition at library@esplanade. Aster by Kyra recovers original Peranakan tiles from 70-80’s buildings and restores them. These tiles adorn walls and furniture; many of which feature exquisite motifs of Geometric and abstract designs, animals, birds and flowers commonly found in Peranakan homes & shophouses. This exhibition is part of Esplanade’s National Day Celebrations 2013 festival which runs from 7 – 11 August (Wed – Sun). This year’s theme is “I Like Singapore…” and from the simple phrase “I Like Singapore…” Esplanade invites you, this August, to share all that you love about our homeland. “I Like Singapore…” is about your wishes, hopes, memories, your favourite food, our safe garden city... Or you can simply say I LIKE SINGAPORE!

Yang Menulis / They Who Write 12 July – 25 August, Woodlands Regional Library

With the advent of modern printing technology, Singapore emerged as an important centre for Malay publishing in the 19th and 20th centuries. In particular, 1917 was regarded as a watershed moment as the Nusantara experienced a boom in the production of Malay texts ranging from newspapers to commercially printed books. “They Who Write” examines the invisible role of the scribe (penyalin) and the process of copyingby-hand as the Malay publishing industry shifted towards mass production through the use of printing presses. A joint project by the National Library Board (NLB) and Malay Heritage Centre (MHC), this exhibition features manuscripts and lithographs from NLB’s Rare Material Collection, a virtual library as well as a selection of manuscripts and lithographs from NLB’s Rare Materials Collection.

Montage 2013 Photography Exhibition 22 July – 4 August, Choa Chu Kang Public Library

Photographers constantly struggle to find ways to express their self identity through their works, evolving and transforming themselves to break creative barriers. Although photography has always been seen as a vehicle of storage and preservation of memories in time and space, it is seldom recognised for its important role as an agent of change in the world. This exhibition by the NUS Photography Society explores the theme of Metamorphoses and aims to celebrate all the positive changes photography has caused in people’s lives.

Crossing Cultures 27 August – 22 September, Bukit Merah Public Library

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.

Details of objects from Devotion and Desire.

AUGUST 2013 // golibrary.nlb.gov.sg


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Insight: Under One Sky Creative Writing workshop

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Esplande Presents: “An Island on the Tip” by ACT 3 Theatrics – Original Singapore stories Written and Told by our Young

Financial Planning Begins Now

3.00 pm – 3.30 pm Dance Village, library@esplanade

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Stargazing in Singapore: The Summer Triangle

Esplanade Presents: “Who is the Ang Ku Kueh Girl?”

7.30 pm – 8.30 pm Programme Zone, Toa Payoh Public Library

4.00 pm - 5.00 pm Open Stage, library@esplanade

2.00 pm – 3.00 pm Programme Zone, Ang Mo Kio Public Library

10.00 am – 1.00 pm Programme Zone, Woodlands Regional Library

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The Parenting Club 11.00 am – 12.30 pm Activity Room, Sengkang Public Library

Esplande Presents: “An Island on the Tip” by ACT 3 Theatrics – Original Singapore stories Written and Told by our Young 3.00 pm – 3.30 pm Dance Village, library@esplanade

Esplanade Presents: An insight to the World of Peranakan (Majolica) Tiles 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm Open Stage, library@esplande

Esplande Presents: “An Island on the Tip” by ACT 3 Theatrics – Original Singapore stories Written and Told by our Young 5.00 pm – 5.30 pm Dance Village, library@esplanade

Esplanade Presents: A Chinese Compedium: Stone Carvings 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm Open Stage, library@esplande

Effective (Acupuncture Points) for Good Health

Esplanade Presents: Mapping Singapore: A Potted History 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm Open Stage, library@esplanade

Esplande Presents: “An Island on the Tip” by ACT 3 Theatrics – Original Singapore stories Written and Told by our Young 5.00 pm – 5.30 pm Dance Village, library@esplanade

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Making Sense of Your Money 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm Programme Zone, Jurong West Public Library

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FUNdaMENTALs reading club 10.00 am – 11.30 am Amazon Room, Woodlands Regional Library

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Malay in Minutes! 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm Activity Room, Geylang East Public Library

11.00 am – 1.00 pm Programme Zone, Jurong West Public Library

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Are you Borrowing Too Much? 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm Programme Zone, Jurong West Public Library

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Kickstart the Tracing of Your Roots 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm Possibility Room, Level 5, National Library Building

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Do I Need Every Type of Insurance? 11.00 am – 1.00 pm Programme Zone, Jurong West Public Library

Chinese History and Culture Club 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm Programme Zone, Serangoon Public Library

Book Lovers’ Club 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm Multipurpose Room, Central Public Library

World Heritage: A Responsibility or Endorsement? 3.00 pm – 5.30 pm Possibility Room, Level 5, National Library Building

2.00 pm – 4.00 pm Programme Zone, library@chinatown Scan this to visit GO Library

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Game On! Board Games

Heartlands Book Club

2.00 pm – 6.00 pm Programme Zone, Serangoon Public Library

5.00 pm – 6.30 pm Activity Room, Bukit Batok Public Library

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FUNdaMENTALs reading club 10.00 am – 11.30 am Amazon Room, Woodlands Regional Library

Life & Debt 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm Changi/Simei Room, Tampines Regional Library

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Seniors Reading Club 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm Bugis Room, Central Public Library

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The Make Lounge: Make Stuff and Meet People! Brooche Making 11.00 am – 12.30 pm Activity Room, Bukit Merah Public Library

Phytotheraphy Approach to Treating and Preventing Children’s Ailments 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm Programme Zone, Marine Parade Public Library

The IngREADients Book Club 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm Activity Room, Geylang East Public Library

OOOM Open Mike Sessions 5.00 pm – 7.00 pm Open Stage, library@esplande

Life–Wise 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm Changi/Simei Room, Tampines Regional Library

Food recipies for diabetics 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm Programme Zone, Ang Mo Kio Public Library

exhibitions 9 January – 30 September Campaign City: Life in Posters Level 11, National Library Building 24 June – 31 August Insight: Under One Sky Competition in collaboration with Frontier CC Youth Executive Committee 12 July – 25 August Yang Menulis / They Who Write Woodlands Regional Library 22 July – 4 August Montage 2013 Photography Exhibition Choa Chu Kang Public Library 25 July – 31 August Parting Glances: Singapore’s Evolving Spaces Promenade, Level 7, National Library Building

26 July 2013 – 16 February 2014 Roots: Tracing Family Histories National Library Gallery, Level 10, National Library Building 1–11 August Antique Majolica Tiles used in Peranakan Society Glass Showcase, library@esplanade 6 – 31 August A Collection of Our Shared Memories – A Comics Exhibition Promenade, Level 9, National Library Building 1 – 31 August Princely Treasures from the House of Liechtenstein – Outreach Exhibition Promenade, Level 8, National Library Building

7 August – 13 October Hands: Gift of a Generation The Plaza, National Library Building 27 August – 22 September Crossing Cultures Bukit Merah Public Library Ongoing From Books to Bytes: The Story of the National Library Promenade, Level 5, National Library Building Ongoing The Donors Gallery Lee Kong Chian Reference Library, Level 10, National Library Building Ongoing Singapore Literary Pioneers Promenade, Level 11, National Library Building

AUGUST 2013 // golibrary.nlb.gov.sg


The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future John Gerzema, Michael D’Antonio, 2013 Jossey-Bass

The theme of this book is summarized in its subtitle: “How women (and men who think like them) will rule the future. The book was also the result of a special survey (conducted by the authors) of sixty-four thousand people across thirteen countries – Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. It is not known why more European countries (Finland, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, and Italy, for example) were not included. The first purpose was to see how people perceive the world today; whether they have an optimistic or pessimistic outlook, and whether they feel secure or vulnerable. One of the questions in the survey, “there is too much power in the hands of large institutions and corporations” attracted 86% agreement among the participants, while 74% disagreed with the proposition, “The world is becoming more fair”. Overall the authors found that the people surveyed showed general, big-picture anxieties. Going through the massive data, the authors found that almost “two-thirds of the people around the world – including the majority of men – feel that the world would be a better place if men thought more like women.” That included 79% of Japanese men and 76% of men in France and Brazil, and 70% of men in Germany. The belief was shared regardless of age. With this finding, the authors proceeded to define and analyse masculine and feminine traits “in an understandable way and then measure the public’s attitudes about these traits. Masculine traits include “rugged, dominant, strong, arrogant, rigid, aggressive, daring, stubborn, devoted, focused, and independent”. The full list is found at page 9. Feminine traits include “free spirited, trustworthy, dedicated, dependable, reasonable, helpful, giving, empathetic, encouraging, honest, humble, sensitive, and imaginative.” Some traits such as “energetic, simple, traditional, and intelligent” are considered neutral traits.

Studying those traits and the responses from the survey, the authors found that people generally believe that patience is an important virtue and that they “seek a leader who can break gridlock through reason than ideology”. People want leaders who are long-term thinkers rather than those “posturing for expediency”. AUGUST 2013 // golibrary.nlb.gov.sg

Crucially, masculine traits such as aggression and control are viewed as less effective than feminine values of collaboration and sharing credit. More than 80% indicate that “relationships and respect for others count more towards success than money”. The survey also showed that morality is associated with loyalty, reason, empathy, and selflessness, all of which are feminine traits. Elsewhere, the general position of women still lags behind men. They are paid an average 80% less than men and represent just 16.1% in boardrooms. However, the trend shows a progressive increase everywhere. The authors attribute this to the “value of feminine traits in the modern economy”. The key to success, they summarise (from their sixty-four thousand respondents), are “Connectedness (an ability to form and maintain human networks); Humility (an approach to life that allows for listening, learning from others, and sharing credit); Candor (a willingness to speak openly and honestly); Patience (a recognition that some solutions emerge slowly); Empathy (a sensitivity to others that promotes understanding); Trustworthiness (a track record of strength of character that inspires confidence); Openness (being receptive to all people and concepts); Flexibility (the ability to change and adapt when circumstances require); Vulnerability (the courage to be human and make mistakes); [and] Balance (a well-rounded sense of purpose)”. The authors do not just offer the statistics and their analyses of the voluminous data. In the larger part of the book they provide anecdotal stories of success of women (and men who think like them) from the countries surveyed. Those stories include the story of J, a seed farmer in poverty stricken Kenya. J represents Kenyan farmers who were reluctant to spend money on good seeds because bad weather can impoverish them. An “Athena” came along and founded a system akin to an insurance programme to help such farmers. That required organizational skills, imagination, courage, patience, and trust. Athena is the Goddess of Wisdom, Reason, Purity, and Civilization.

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The Humans Matt Haig 2013 Canongate

The Vonnadorians is a superior race that lived in a distant galaxy. They are fully rational, do not feel pain, and are immortal. They formed the view that a recent discovery by a mathematics professor from Cambridge University was too advanced for humans to handle. Professor Andrew Martin, it seems, had found proof of the Riemann Hypothesis. Riemann died before he could prove that prime numbers do not occur at random. Since his death, proving that hypothesis had become the Holy Grail in mathematics. Riemann discovered the lock but not the key. If that key were found, humans will be able to advance their technology by quantum leaps. That was what the Vonnadorians wanted to prevent. Humans were inferior, and they were ugly; and more importantly, they were psychologically unprepared for any further technological advancement. A Vonnadorian was transported to Earth and he assumed Professor Martin’s person after killing the real Professor. His mission did not end there. He had to kill anyone else who might possibly know about Professor Martin’s discovery. That put his wife Isobel; his 15-year-old son Gulliver; his best friend Arirumadhi; and his rival in mathematics, Daniel Russell in danger. In the process of living as Professor Martin, the alien imposter soon learned that the human race was more than what Vonnadorians have known about them. He learnt some incomprehensible behaviour of humans such as their attitude and treatment of cows: ‘A cow is an Earth-dwelling animal, a domesticated and multi-purpose ungulate, which humans treat as a one-stop shop for food, liquid refreshment, fertilizer and designer footwear. The humans farm it and cut its throat and then cut it up and package it and refrigerate it and sell it and cook it. By doing this, apparently they have earned the right to change its name to beef, which is the monosyllable furthest away from cow, because the last thing a human wants to think about when eating cow is an actual cow.’ He learnt that humans waste a lot of time with ‘hypothetical stuff’ – ‘I could be

rich, I could be famous, I could get hit by a bus, I could have been born with fewer moles and larger breasts’. However, the alien imposter also learnt a great deal about other things. He learnt how to be a husband – something the real Professor Andrew Martin did not know. He learnt how to be a father, which the real Professor Andrew knew little of. He began to understand humans better. He understood, for example, that humans were wrong to think that they could not do things because they ‘don’t have enough time’. He realized that ‘they did have time. Not eternity, granted, but they had tomorrow. And the day after tomorrow. And the day after the day after tomorrow. In fact I would have had to write “the day after” thirty thousand times before a final “tomorrow” in order to illustrate the amount of time on a human’s hands. Thirty thousand is the number of days in the life of a person who lives to the age of 80 years. He learnt that laughter was the ‘reverberating sound of a truth hitting a lie”. When he tasted wine he ‘tasted fermentation’. ‘In other words’, he said, ‘I tasted life on Earth. For everything that lives here ferments, ages, becomes diseased. But as things make their decline from ripeness they could taste wonderful’ he realized.

Then he found himself fighting his fellow Vonnadorians in an effort to save Isobel, Gulliver, his friends – and his assumed life as Professor Andrew Martin. He had given up his alien powers when he rebelled. How could he save the humans he had now come to love? But in losing his alien powers he found something more powerful. He found love; and as he learnt, ‘The point of love was to help you survive’. Reviewed by The Alexandrian

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The retrospective art & heritage journey Join us in August and September as we take you on a nostalgic journey to experience the artistic treasures of cultures. Paint like the natives, get insights into unique traditions and walk in the footsteps of a revolutionary.

Paint like the Grandmasters Coffee Talks, Finger Walks Watercolour Painting Chinese Ink Painting Indian Pulli Kolam Acrylic Painting Batik Painting Warli Painting

Chinese Papercutting Chinese Calligraphy Chinese Knots Henna Design

Walk with Us

Love Flows!

Mosques of the Royal Quarters Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall Eurasian Heritage Centre Malay Heritage Centre

Let’s Make Chinese Opera Masks! Let’s Make Wau! Lantern Making Aloha Ukulele

Art in Motion Flamenco Traditional Dance Armenian Folk Dance Capoeira These programmes are free admission and require registration. For more details on our programmes, log on to http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg/programme/Arts.aspx and like us on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/goarts


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Everyone is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody. - Mark Twain

Tajuk: Petua Untuk Sentiasa Ceria Penulis: Dato’ Dr Hj Mohd Fadzilah Kamsah, Hj Muhammad Zakaria, Zizi Azlinda Yusof Penerbit & Tahun Penerbitan: Telaga Biru, 2005 No. Panggilan: 158.1 MOH Bagaimana untuk sentiasa ceria? Buku ini disesuaikan dari ceramah pakar motivasi tersohor, Dr Hj Mohd Fadzilah Kamsah. Ia mengandungi 22 petua untuk mengekalkan keceriaan dalam hidup. Bahagian pertama buku ini membincangkan punca tidak ceria.Di antaranya ialah sikap bodoh sombong iaitu tidak mahu berbincang atau meminta pendapat orang lain walaupun ia sebenarnya jahil dalam sesuatu perkara. Penulis juga menerangkan bahawa hati yang kotor akibat dosa-dosa yang dilakukan, tidak mengamalkan ilmu , tidak bersyukur dan tidak berdoa juga boleh menyebabkan seseorang itu tidak ceria. Bahagian kedua pula memberikan petua- petua untuk sentiasa ceria. Ketenangan hidup yang abadi dapat dikecapi dengan mematuhi perintah Allah dan sentiasa berdoa untuk ceria. Hanya Allah sahaja yang dapat mengawal hati insan dan mengabulkanan doa mereka. Maafkan semua orang sebelum tidur kerana hidup tidak akan bahagia apabila tersemat dendam dalam hati. Menggembirakan orang lain amat disukai Allah dan RasulNya. Amatlah penting untuk menerima diri kita seadanya kerana Allah mencipta manusia dengan penuh hikmah. Hadapi masaalah dengan minda positif dan jadikannya sebagai batu loncatan untuk maju kehadapan. Demikan antara lain panduan berguna yang terdapat dalam buku ini. Terdapat banyak lagi panduan yang dikongsi dalam buku ini. Ia turut dilengkapi dengan Ilustrasi komik berwarna-warni, gambarajah dan ringkasan fakta yang disusun kemas. Dengan ini, ianya mudah dan menarik untuk dibaca. Apalagi apabila anda merasa gundah- gulana, rawatlah diri anda dengan membaca buku ini. Dapatkan panduan berguna untuk menghilangkan resah dan sentiasa ceria. Ulasan oleh Noor Aini Mohamed

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书名:《很小很实用的上班族食疗方》 作者:韩学江 出版社与年份:北京: 机械工业出版社,2013 索书号:615.854 HXH -[HEA]

您是否有颈肩酸痛、眼睛疲劳、皮肤干燥、腿部抽筋、健忘、为小肚腩而愁肠 百结等问题?如果你长时间面对电脑、活动量少、平时也不爱运动,那你可能 会为这些症状苦恼。 《很小很实用的上班族食疗方》以对话性小故事,叙述上班族常见的身心问 题。每个案例都有专家诊析,以不同的角度为读者讲解病症的来源和推荐各种 简单有效的食疗方。如:咸橄榄芦根汤防治“被感冒”;绿茶可防辐射;燕麦粥有可改善注意力; 甘菊茶能对付“熊猫眼”;陈皮红豆汤有助减“鸭梨臀”等等。每种食疗方包含了材料分量、制作 方法、操作提示和适用类型,供读者参考。加上适当的运动,您会有充沛的精神、健康地面对工 作挑战! 书评:何靜如 (Ho Jing Ru)

书名:《童年往事 : 28位影艺人专访》 = Yesterday, when I was young 作者:何江西 出版社与年份:澳门 : 澳门日报出版社, 2010. 索书号:791.430280922 HJX -[ART] 元华、梅艳芳及米雪等,大家都相当熟悉;或许还看过他们拍的戏。但是对他 们的童年往事是否了解? 年少的经历是否造就了他们日后的性格和成就呢? 本书辑录了28位港澳明星的个人简介和他们的童年往事,如:拍摄电影《功 夫》而获得金像奖最佳男配角的元华,他的功夫是在师傅们的严厉管教和鞭打下而练就的。一代影 后梅艳芳的童年生活“绝不快乐”,还试过逃学和离家出走呢!拍《溏心风暴》的米雪自小就有“ 打抱不平”的心态,曾叫哥哥们保护街坊小朋友免受欺负,志愿当女警呢! 本书记录了各明星专访,附上一些从未公开的私人旧照。想知道他们的童年故事和昔日港澳社会风 情,赶紧借阅此书! 书评:陈秀芳(Tan Xiu Fang)

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Title: This Will All End in Tears Author: Joe Ollmann Publisher: Toronto: Insomniac Press, 2006 Here is a graphic novel that contains five short stories. There are no superheroes saving the world here, the subject is just good old everyday life. In Big Boned, you see an ugly overweight girl trying to negotiate for her place in the world. Oh Deer sees a middle-aged man taking up hunting as a new hobby, only to ironically find himself dealing with the unexpected guilt of killing a deer. En Retarde, sees Dennis, a heavy drinker, land himself in a position of responsibility as he takes care of his mentally handicapped older brother. Seldom do we see a graphic novel exploring the minutiae and reality of life as this does. It is authentic and the cynical tones add much caustic humour to the otherwise serious issues explored here. A mature and sensitive piece of work. Reviewed by Benedict Yeo AUGUST 2013 // golibrary.nlb.gov.sg


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The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realise that you control your own destiny. - Albert Ellis

Title: Hoodwinked too!: Hood vs. evil Publisher: The Weinstein Company and Kanbar Entertainment presentation, © 2011Call No.: AV 791.4372 HOO – [ART] A sequel of Hoodwinked, this animated feature brings back the stellar alphabet crime-fighting agency HEA (which stands for Happily Ever After) consisting of Red (Little Red Riding Hood), Wolf, Granny and Twitchy. The quartet is the proverbial motley crew – Red with her individualistic tendencies, Wolf with his over-analytical mind, Granny with her love for extreme sports, and Twitchy who twitches all the time. Nonetheless, in this sequel, the investigators have to work together to look into the mysterious disappearance of two adorable German children, Hansel and Gretel, after they were last seen visiting a candy house. Mayhem ensues in this town as the HEA battles the evil forces, who turn out to be the most unexpected parties. Action-packed and humorous, this animated film is sure to entertain both children and adults alike. Reviewed by Lo Wan Ni Title: Jane’s Journey Publisher: First Run Features, New York, N.Y., c2011 Call No.: AV English 590.92 JAN “We have not only stolen this earth from our children but we are still stealing from them by harming their planet and we have to do something about it now.” These words from the great primatologist and conservationist, Jane Goodall, have made many ponder about what we have done and what we are doing to our planet. Jane’s journey started in 1960 when she was sent to Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania to study primates and it continues today with her activist work. Through her work, she stands for peace, unity and equality. Despite the fact that she is in her 70s, she travels almost 300 days of the year to spread her message of conservation and animal welfare. She is described as the rock star of conservation when she was given the Global Explorer’s Citizen of the world award. Roots and Shoots (a global conservation programme that she founded) has branches in 120 countries and helps youths identify problems in their communities and take action to make positive changes for people, animals and the environment. Inspiring to all of us, giving us hope, Jane’s Journey is a trip worth taking. Reviewed by Nirmala Narayanasamy

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Title: James Bond Gadgets Produced by A&E Television Network Publisher: [United States]: New Video, [2012] Call No.: AV English 609 JAM “The name’s Bond, James Bond.” For all avid James Bond fans, or even those who have always wondered how realistic the many gadgets featured in the Bond films actually are, this documentary, part of History Channel’s ‘Modern Marvels’ series, features an extensive range of the different spy toys and gadgets used in the Bond films throughout the decades. For instance, one of the best known spy gadgets in the Bond films is highlighted - the Bell Textron Rocket Belt, an invention by Wendell Moore in the late 1950s and early 1960s which can literally make a person fly. Another real-life invention - the Wallis Autogyro called ‘Little Nellie’ - which is a smaller quieter helicopter, was flown by its inventor, Ken Wallis, in the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice. Viewers learn that to make ‘Little Nellie’ look more menacing on film, film-makers outfitted her with real machine guns. Viewers also learn that this Bond gadget has been used by the British military and police agencies in real life to either spy on enemy troops or help solve crimes. Other famous gadgets which the documentary highlights are the ‘Q Boat’, the Aston Martin DB5, the ‘C.C.S. Truth Phone’, which uses ‘voice stress analysis’ to help the telephone caller determine if the person he is talking to is lying, and a ‘voice-changer’, which will alter a male or female voice in fifteen different settings. The documentary also includes a brief biography of Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels - from his beginnings as a journalist at Reuters, then as a stockbroker, and finally as a spy in the British naval intelligence which as we all know set the grounds for the famous spy. Reviewed by Eunice Chen Lizhen

Title: The Good, the Bad and the Godawful: 21st-century Movie Reviews Author: Kurt Loder Publisher: New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2011. Call no.: 791.4375 LOD -[ART] Movies are well-loved by many people. In this compilation, the writer has put together a series of his past movie reviews and also categorized them. If you enjoy movies, you would be familiar with the movies mentioned. It was fun noting the title of each chapter such as “Funtime, some comedies worthy of the name” and “Auteurs, the director as movie star”. The reviews are clear and the synopsis and opinions are well-balanced without giving away too much of the movie for readers who have not watched it yet. This is an ideal read for readers who are keen to catch up on popular movies they may have missed and wonder if they are worth looking for on DVD. Reviewed by Reena Kandoth

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Heritage: Singapore/Asian Title: Eurasian Heritage Cooking Author: Quentin Pereira Publisher: Singapore: Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) Private Limited, 2012 Call No. : 641.595957 PER Never trust a skinny chef? Quentin Pereira begs to differ. ‘The Skinny Chef’ (2010), his MediaCorp television series, featured Eurasian fare. Furthermore, Quentin’s The Eurasian Restaurant shows that he is, undoubtedly, an expert on Eurasian cuisine. Before delving into the recipes, this cookbook presents an introduction on the Eurasian heritage. What defines a Eurasian? Fundamentally, one who is of both European and Asian descent. They have roots that trace back to the colonial days. In this book, Portuguese, Dutch and British influences complement Asian dishes to create a hodgepodge of flavours to satisfy the palate! Try your hand at favourites like Curry Debal (Curry Devil), Acar Timun Serani (cucumber pickle) and sweet sugee Cake made of semolina and almonds for dessert. Reviewed by Tabitha Shepherdson

Title: The Universe. The Complete Season Six Publisher & Published Year: [New York?]: History /A&E Television Network: Distributed in the U.S. by New Video, c2012. Call Number: AV English 523.1 UNI The question of “what’s out there in our universe?” has fascinated mankind since time immemorial. History Channel’s series The Universe captures the mystery of our solar system, helping viewers know more about unexplored galaxies. The 4-part DVD collection is divided into chapters so the viewer can easily choose the chapter he/she is most interested in. The topics range from understanding the sun and individual planets to the search and understanding of alien galaxies and scientific theories such as the Big Bang. The stunning visuals and pin-sharp images will capture and spark one’s imagination, allowing viewers, for the first time, to gaze at the universe like never before. It is a series that is great for the whole family as well because the language used is simple and presented in a way that even young children will understand and be fascinated with what is out there. Reviewed by Varshini P

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Hands: Gift of a Generation 7 August – 13 October 2013 The Plaza, National Library Building

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The Singapore Memory Project (SMP) will launch its flagship exhibition titled Hands: Gift of a Generation in August. This exhibition showcases the memories of Singaporeans, especially those of the first generation who lived through the country’s nation-building years. Featuring the photographic portraits of their hands to symbolise their lives and stories, this exhibition depicts the personal and intimate perspectives that tell the Singapore story. Visitors to the exhibition can immerse themselves in the multimedia interactive experiences, such as the Remembering Room. Surrounded by a cloud of memories featured on a digital wall, they can explore the memories by tapping on each story. Contribute a memory and it will become part of the digital display.  These memories can be saved into a special card that visitors can bring back as a keepsake.

There are so many more exciting activities in store, so come down and check it out! This exhibition promises a novel way to experience memories through imaginative use of digital technology. For more information, check out www.iremember.sg!

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Children too, can share their memories via the Memory Pool where they can sketch or scribble digitally on the wall. These memories will appear in a pool like swimming fishes! Children can then “catch” these memories by scooping them up in their hands.

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Kickstart the Tracing of Your Roots 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm Possibility Room, Level 5, National Library Building

Get an overview of the various sources of Chinese genealogy as well as family history related to the Malays and Indians. In general, Chinese genealogical searches have become easier due to the proliferation of online websites and the increasing number of printed materials. Family history searches for Malay and Indian sources, on the other hand, still require more systematic work to make relevant information more accessible to the public. This talk will explore online and printed sources that exist in various organisations such as libraries, genealogical societies, clan associations, archives, and other government entities. Learn about the challenges encountered by those who have tried to trace their ancestral lineages.

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World Heritage: A Responsibility or Endorsement?

3.00 pm – 5.30 pm Possibility Room, Level 5, National Library Building

The UNESCO World Heritage listing is neither an award nor a form of endorsement; rather, it is a pledge by local communities and governments to safeguard significant cultural and natural assets belonging to the world’s community. However, in many cases around the world, UNESCO World Heritage status has been misunderstood, exploited or abused. The talk will discuss the challenges in preserving and nurturing UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as the tendency to commoditise heritage for tourism. This programme is organised by the Singapore Heritage Society. Registration is required. Please register at eKiosks available at all libraries or http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg/programme/Heritage.aspx. Demolition taking place within the historic zone of UNESCO World Heritage town of Lijiang, Yunnan, China.

Traditional dance, one of the intangible cultural heritage of Lijiang: Performing for tourists and no longer dancing for worship or community celebrations.

Photo Credits: All photos taken by Dahlia Shamsuddin.

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Campaign City: Life In Posters Level 11, National Library Building

This exhibition features 40 of Singapore’s leading artists, architects and designers and 10 local art students. The participants, getting inspiration and information from the library’s and the national archives vast collection of campaign posters and campaign heritage material, created artworks reflective of their own personal memories and/or impressions of Singapore campaigning, past and present. These artworks are exhibited along with highlights from the Library’s campaign poster collection. Selected spaces in the National Library Building will also be used in novel ways to convey the rich histories behind Singapore’s campaigns.

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Parting Glances: Singapore’s Evolving Spaces Promenade, Level 7, National Library Building

Parting Glances: Singapore’s Evolving Spaces takes viewers on an evocative visual journey through six iconic neighbourhoods that are poised on the brink of change. Whether it is due to redevelopment to make way for future industry and housing or due to shifting demographics, these spaces will be forever altered within the coming decade. As a growing population and a larger human footprint are anticipated to emerge in the decades ahead, the need to immortalise Singapore’s humanity and heritage through words and photography becomes paramount. With an aim to capture and preserve history as it is unfolding, Parting Glances brings Singapore’s delicate balancing act of forging the future while preserving the past to centre stage through these 24 photos and the accompanying launch of a hardcover book of the same title. The locales featured in this exhibit include Kampong Lorong Buangkok, Seletar Camp, Pulau Ubin, People’s Park, MacPherson, and Queenstown. These photos were all taken between 2009 and 2013 in a project supported by the National Heritage Board’s Heritage Industry Incentive Programme (HI2P). This exhibition is dedicated to those who generously shared their homes, workplaces and personal memories about these fascinating – and gradually disappearing – enclaves in Singapore.

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From Sharity Elephant to Singa Lion, Two is Enough to Clean & Green, campaigns and their mascots have become an idiosyncratic and often nostalgic part of Singapore’s national heritage. No other country has embraced campaigning as much as we have. To highlight this slice of Singapore identity to the local community, the National Library of Singapore, in partnership with independent art curator Alan Oei presents the exhibition Campaign City: Life In Posters.

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Roots: Tracing Family Histories National Library Gallery, Level 10, National Library Building

The family is an important way in which societies structure themselves. This exhibition explores the quest of four Singaporean families to discover their histories. Digging through documents at home, in the library and various archives, they have drawn up their family’s genealogies. The stories uncovered by the families, while unique, resonate with many Singapore families. Aside from family stories, the exhibition will also feature photographs, recipes, heirlooms and personal objects passed down through the generations. The exhibition showcases the many resources available worldwide in researching family roots, including the now-popular DNA testing. AUGUST 2013 // golibrary.nlb.gov.sg


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A Collection of Our Shared Memories – A Comics Exhibition

Promenade, Level 8, National Library Building

A Collection of Our Shared Memories is a comic exhibition that puts together local comic works from the past 90 years.

Held in conjunction with the exhibition Princely Treasures from the House of Liechtenstein, which showcases over 90 masterpieces from the exquisite art collection of the Prince of Liechtenstein, these travelling panels provide a glimpse of the main exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore. A total of nine sections in these panels provide the background to the Princely Collections that not only span five centuries but is also known to be one of the world’s best private art collections with a focus on important art historical periods including Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassical and Biedermeier. These sections are complemented with images of key artworks by renowned European masters such as Raphael, Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck. The final section explores the art of portraiture and its importance as a representational mode between the late 19th and mid 20th century in Singapore’s historical context through images of colonial administrators and local elites from the National Collection. For more information, visit: www.nationalmuseum.sg

Promenade, Level 9, National Library Building

Local comic works from different generations allow us to peek into the daily lives of people throughout the years, which in turn reflect the greater socio-political background of that time. Hence, it is evident that newspaper comics serve as an important tool for documenting historical changes. This exhibition presents works from the 1920s to 2013 and offers visitors a sneak peek into the long arc of history. In observing the daily lives of past and present generations through comics, we hope to look back on another set of our shared memories. A Collection of Our Shared Memories is part of Lian He Zao Bao’s 90th Year Anniversary and is supported by the Singapore Memory Project.

《我们的另一种集体记忆》- 漫画展 《我们的另一种集体记忆》漫画展展出过去90年 来本地漫画作品的展览。 本次展览以“衣食住行”为主题,通过不同年代的 漫画作品一窥国人当年的生活状态,借此反映出当 时整个政治与社会大环境。90年来刊登在报章上 的各类漫画作品,无疑是记载多年来历史转折的重 要工具。尤其是在识字率偏低的年代,漫画更是向 小市民传达各种信息的最佳管道之一。许多漫画家 通过作品机智地反映出当时的社会现象,往往间接 利用漫画针砭时弊。在日军占领新加坡期间,有些 漫画家甚至是因为作品而丢了性命。

Image credit: Raphael (1483–1520), Portrait of a Man, c1502/1504, oil on panel © LIECHTENSTEIN. The Princely Collections, Vaduz–Vienna

所谓“一张图胜过千言万语”,90年来不同漫 画家在作品里描绘的人事物当中,可大略看出当 时的一些时事课题与历史背景。此次展览将展出 1923至2013年的漫画作品,希望带领来访者走 入历史的长廊,通过衣食住行观察我们这一代人 与上一代人的生活方式,回顾我们的另一种集体 记忆。 AUGUST 2013 // golibrary.nlb.gov.sg

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From Books to Bytes: The Story of the National Library Promenade, Level 5, National Library Building

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“From Books to Bytes: The Story of the National Library” tells the story of the National Library of Singapore. Throughout our history, the library has been an integral part of Singapore’s cultural and social fabric as well as its residents. The exhibition traces the founding, development and growth of the National Library of Singapore from 1823 till present. Learn interesting snippets of the library’s rich history and how its function has evolved with the learning needs of the nation.

AUGUST 2013 // golibrary.nlb.gov.sg

The Donors Gallery Lee Kong Chian Reference Library, Level 10, National Library Building

The Donors Gallery was set up to display a sample selection of items donated to the National Library with the hope of creating a sense of rootedness through the preservation of local heritage content and fulfilling the library´s function of being the national memory and repository of Singapore heritage materials in all formats. It is also hoped that more Singaporeans will be encouraged to donate their heritage collections to the National Library.

Singapore Literary Pioneers Promenade, Level 11, National Library Building

The gallery displays the books, letters, calligraphic works, manuscripts, photographs and portraits of Singapore’s literary pioneers. Some prominent writers have also donated their pens, typewriters and literary awards. In addition, visitors can appreciate audio and video recordings of the writers in two multimedia screens.


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