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Celebrate Local Food Heritage with Clay

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Eating to a Slimmer You

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Learn how to create different mini food sets in this interactive workshop celebrating local food delights.

Come and listen to Ms Suria Mohd as she shares healthy tips on eating and cooking methods.

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Join us for a behind–the– scenes look at Campaign City: Life in Posters in these tours led by the exhibition’s curator and artists. Learn more about the history of national campaigns in Singapore and hear from the artists as they share on their inspiration and creative process.

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Dear Readers, “Rojak”. A word that is familiar to many, it has two definitions: The first is a traditional fruit/vegetable salad dish and the other is a colloquial term for an eclectic mix of Singapore’s multi–ethnic and cultural diversity! For the latter, it is these combinations that make Singapore vibrant and colourful. This July, join us as we go on a nostalgic journey to experience the artistic treasures of different cultures through programmes such as ‘Paint like the Grandmasters’, ‘Travel with Gamelan’ or learn how to play the ukulele in ‘Aloha! Ukelele’ and watch ‘Mosquito and Pantang’. Check out the Retrospective Art and Heritage Journey on pages 10–11. Learn about and celebrate our local food heritage through clay moulding. You will get an opportunity to create miniature clay sets based on local food delights such as satay, ice kacang, duck rice and even roti prata! Interested to be part of this programme, turn to page 6 for more details. How often do you go online to look for recommendations for food places? Wonder what goes behind starting a food blog? Sign up for the one–hour session with local food bloggers as they share their food experiences. They will also show you the know–how of food photography and offer tips on food blogging. Do remember to bring your cameras as you will have the opportunity to take the food photos and have these images evaluated by these ‘experts’. This session is among the many interesting programmes such as spice challenge, nail art, photo booth, and many more, organised by Geylang East Public Library as part of their 25th anniversary fiesta. Next, take the chance to reminisce and relive ‘Xinyao’ – a local music movement that began in the mid 80s which continued well into the early 90s. Check out their exhibition at library@esplanade which showcases memorabilia from its heyday such as cassettes, band photos, posters, instruments and recordings. Do visit library@esplanade on 27 July for a tribute performance by the cast of “That Girl in Pinafore” – an upcoming local movie that will be screening in August. While you are there, don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the lucky draw and you might win movie tickets to the show! Last but not least – Read! Singapore 2013 marks its 9th anniversary with the theme of ‘Under One Sky’. Stressing on relationships between people of different cultures, societies and generations, 12 short stories and four poems were selected to explore this common humanity. These works are published as anthologies in the four official languages and will be made available at all 25 public libraries! In addition, a theme song, “I’m Gonna Read A Book Today” featuring Joakim Gomez and the students from Concord Primary School has made its debut. Check out their facebook page www.facebook.com/READSingapore. EDITOR

Zainap Osman contributors

Annusia Jaybalan, Ashley Leong, Andrea Ang, Averil Tan, Chan Sing Ying, Chua Ying Qing, Dilip Kumar, Grace Chan, Ilyani Suhaimi, Joanne Koh, Joti Upadhya Omprakash, Lim Lee Ping, Lim Tin Seng, Loy Huiyi, Lynn Koh, Nurul Arsyikin bte Rennie, Nor Aishah binte Mohamed Rashid, Nur Naadhirah Rashid Ridza, Nur Sheerin Mustapa, Sakina binte Mohamed Ali, Peter Chan, Kavita Ilangovan, Marhama Mohamed, Pearly Ma, Reshma Jethanand, Sharon Lim, Sharon Ong, Serena Toh, Selene Yap, Thiruselvi Gopal, Varshini d/o P. M, Yang Qinli, Zulkifli Amin Design : Artnexus Design Pte Ltd

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Chinese Ink Painting/Chinese Calligraphy Workshop Pick up books on Chinese culture and learn a skill or two! Earlier in April, readers tried their hand at Chinese Ink Painting and Chinese Calligraphy at a workshop conducted at library@chinatown. For many, this was the first time that they held a brush to write Chinese characters as well as paint lotus flowers. These sessions allowed participants to exercise their patience while practising their brushstrokes. During these introductory workshops, the instructors demonstrated

Instructors giving explanations to an attentive audience.

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the right way of holding the brush and also explained the different techniques that may be used to create the art work. The pieces of works that were created reflected the effort and artistic flair of the participants. After the session, everyone went home with their very own works of art. In the second half of the year, readers can keep a lookout for more of these interesting programmes!

Hands-on time! Participants practising their brushstrokes.

The art works produced at the end of the session.

Recommended titles:

The Art of Chinese Brush Painting Author Publisher Call Number

Self, Caroline & Self, Susan Clarendon, Vt. : Tuttle, 2009 English 751.4251 SEL -[ART]

This book serves as a good starting point for Chinese Brush Painting enthusiasts. It touches on the equipment essential for Chinese brush painting as well as the principles behind Chinese brush painting. Some of the basic topics covered in this book include principles of composition and perspective and the relationship between man and nature. Also, different techniques are introduced to paint the different subjects.

Chinese Calligraphy Made Easy: A Structured Course in Creating Beautiful Brush Lettering Author Publisher Call Number

Yue, Rebecca New York : Watson-Guptill, 2005 English 745.619951 YUE -[REC]

The book introduces the reader to the essential materials and equipment that are needed for a Chinese calligraphy writing session. Before proceeding to the different types of brushstrokes, the author touches on the right way of holding the brush as well as the movements of the wrist and elbow, which are key to writing beautiful characters. A step-by-step approach is used to introduce more complicated Chinese characters. Exercises are built on the previous brushstrokes (which are easier) and new brushstrokes. Projects are also included to make the Chinese characters ‘come alive’ in our daily lives. JUly 2013 // golibrary.nlb.gov.sg


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Singapore Youth Festival 2013 Celebrations: Live@eLibrary 3.00 pm – 7.00 pm Open Stage, library@esplanade

As part of the Singapore Youth Festival 2013 Celebrations, Live@eLibrary showcases a diversity of talented performances specially handpicked from school submissions at the Open Call held earlier this year. Be entralled by our youths who will present unique performances ranging from K-Pop dances to Show Choirs and traditional instrumental ensembles. Come and join in the vitality of our exuberant youth performances in a cosy and intimate setting right at the heart of Singapore’s premier performance venue.

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Our Stories 4.30 pm – 6.00 pm Programme Zone, Ang Mo Kio Public Library

Participants from the 2013 Junior Shooting Home will be presenting their works in this talk. They will share their photo essays with the audience and talk about their inspiration, process, difficulties and outcome in creating a personal project. This programme is for free admission however registration is still 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 Joti_Omprakash@nlb.gov.sg with the subject title “Our Stories”.

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Calligraphy Workshop 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm & 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm Multipurpose Room, Central Public Library

Be introduced to the art of Chinese Calligraphy as students of the Chung Cheng High School (Main) Calligraphy & Chinese Painting Club guide participants through basic brush styles and strokes. There will also be a short demonstration as well as a hands-on session. This programme is limited to 40 participants aged 7 – 16. This programme is for free admission however registration is still required. Please register via 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 Selene_Yap@nlb.gov.sg with the subject title “Calligraphy Workshop”. 张瘦石全国中小学书画展书法工作坊 中正中学(总校)书画学会的会员将进行两场书法工作坊。 此工作坊的教学项目包括: • 如何正确地握毛笔。 • 如何书写各种楷书笔画。 • 如何以楷书书写不同的汉字。 本次工作坊完全免费,名额只限40名公众,欢迎年龄介于7至16岁的公众报名。有意报名者请到任何图书馆内的 资讯服务站或浏览http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg报名。若名额已满,我们将安排您在等候名单上,请将你的姓名与 联络号码电邮至Selene_Yap@nlb.gov.sg ,并将电邮标题题为 “Calligraphy Workshop”。

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古琴讲座

Youkorins Jazz Quartet

3.00 pm – 4.00 pm Activity Room, Choa Chu Kang Public Library

古琴是中国汉民族最早的弹弦乐器,是华族文化中的 瑰宝。它以其历史久远,文献瀚浩、内涵丰富和影响 深远为世人所珍视。 讲座将结合现场解说与现场演奏,为大家分享古琴的 文化,历史及乐曲等多个方面。使大家对古琴有一个 初步的认识。 演讲者,钟之岳,毕业于上海音乐学院。他目前现任 于新加坡华乐团笙演奏家,中国民族管弦乐协会笙专 业委员会会员,上海音乐家协会会员。之岳自幼学习 音乐,并师从著名广陵派古琴传人戴晓莲教授学习古 琴演奏。

This programme is limited to 30 participants. Registration is required via library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg

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Telling Stories Through Photography 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm Programme Zone, Ang Mo Kio Public Library

Anyone can take a photo, but how do you move from snapping an image to making one with impact and meaning? Find out how documentary photography can inform, educate, share and make a difference. This talk is ideal for students, teachers and enthusiasts who want to explore how to use visual images to communicate and tell a stoy. This talk is part of Objectifs' Junior Shooting Home 2013 programme. This programme is for free admission however registration is still required. Please register via 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 Joti_Omprakash@nlb.gov. sg with the subject title “Telling Stories through Photography”. JUly 2013 // golibrary.nlb.gov.sg

3.00 pm – 4.00 pm Open Stage, library@esplanade

Join Japanese Jazz performers, Youkorins Jazz Quartet, as they share their music with you at the library@esplanade. The Youkorins Jazz Quartet consists of vocalist Youko Morotomi, guitarist Kenji Kiyokawa, bassist Fujihiro Tsuda, and drummer Yusuke Yamasaki.

Celebrate Local Food Heritage with Clay Satay Set: 20 July, 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm, Activity Room, Geylang East Public Library Roti Prata Set: 8 September, 11.00 am – 1.00 pm, Changi Room, Tampines Regional Library Duck Rice: 15 September, 11.00 am – 12.30 pm, Changi Room, Tampines Regional Library Ice Kachang: 21 September 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm, Programme Zone, Marine Parade Public Library

Come celebrate our delectable local food delights by moulding your very own miniature clay food sets, like satay, ice kachang, duck rice and roti prata! Learn to create a different mini food set each session. Each session is limited to 15 adults or seniors. This programme is for free admission however registration is still required. Please register via 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 Andrea_Ang@nlb.gov.sg with the programme title as the subject.


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Portrait Photography

OOOM Open Mike Sessions

7.30 pm – 8.30 pm Programme Zone, Ang Mo Kio Public Library

5.00 pm – 7.00 pm Open Stage, library@esplanade

A meaningful portrait is one that goes beyond the technical elements and composition to reveal a subject’s personality and environment. Learn to gain access, move closer and develop a connection with your subject to bring your portrait-taking to the next level. This talk is part of Objectifs' Junior Shooting Home 2013 programme.

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.

This programme is for free admission however registration is still required. Please register via 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 Joti_Omprakash@nlb.gov.sg with the subject title “Telling Stories through Portrait Photography”.

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.

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Make a Book! 11.00 am – 12.30 pm Programme Zone, Woodlands Regional Library

Ever been curious about how to make a book? A piece of paper and a scissor are all that's required to make a variety of beautiful and creative structures. In this seminar, learn bookbinding's basic vocabulary, its fundamental tools and their uses, as well as the materials (paper, cloth, board and adhesives) and techniques (folding, sewing and gluing) of the craft. Participants will learn how to make a snake book and a simple accordion, two versatile structures, perfect for travel journals or family memory books. This programme is limited to 50 participants. This programme is for free admission however registration is still required. Please register via 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 “Make a Book!”.

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Singapore Style: Xinyao Through the Years Exhibition

Saturday Afternoon Treat: Xinyao songs from "That Girl In Pinafore"

Innovation Gallery, library@esplanade

2.00 pm – 4.00 pm Open Stage, library@esplanade

From Stefanie Sun to JJ Lin to Kit Chan, it is no exaggeration to say that these local music luminaries were inspired by the xinyao movement. Xinyao 新谣 (short for 新加坡歌谣) was a local music movement that began in the mid-1980s and continued into the early ‘90s. Xinyao represented a genre of songs about life in Singapore, composed and written by Singaporeans. mm2enertainment and Hot Cider Films, in collaboration with Ocean Butterflies Music, Touch Music Publishing, Halo Music (Malaysia) and Tan Chang Ren presents the exhibition – Singapore Style: Xinyao Through the Years. The exhibition will feature the works of Singapore’s xinyao pioneers. There will be xinyao memorabilia displayed at the library@ esplanade’s Glass Showcase, with items such as cassettes, band photos, posters, instruments and recordings.

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Xinyao’s Past, Present and Future Seminar 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm Open Stage, library@esplanade

Learn about Singapore’s rich music history in this seminar about Xinyao 新谣 (short for 新加 坡歌谣), a local music movement that began in the mid-1980s and continued into the early ‘90s. This seminar will discuss xinyao’s past, present and future. Listen to classic xinyao songs like “Flowing Water” <细水长流>, “This Class of Ours” <我们这一班>, and “Walking in the Moonlight” <月色同行>). Speakers will include seasoned musicians and pioneers from the Xinyao era. Admission is free and no registration is required. JUly 2013 // golibrary.nlb.gov.sg

Relive the good old xinyao days with Daren Tan, Julie Tan and the cast of “That Girl in Pinafore” in a tribute performance to the xinyao music movement. “That Girl in Pinafore” is an upcoming local movie due in Singapore cinemas in August this year and follows the budding love story of a group of teenagers brought together by their love of xinyao songs. The concert will feature modern reboots of classic songs like Liang Wern Fook’s “Flowing Water” <细水长流> and Eric Moo’s <星空下>. Admission is free and no registration is required.

Xinyao Revival at the library@ esplanade Xinyao fans rejoice! The early ‘90s music movement is making a comeback this July with four exciting xinyao events at the library@ esplanade. Relive the good old days at the “Singapore Style: Xinyao Through the Years” exhibition held at the library@esplanade throughout the month of July. On July 20, learn and share your xinyao experiences at “Xinyao’s Past, Present, and Future Seminar” that will feature xinyao pioneers as guest speakers. Listen to your favourite xinyao songs again on July 27 with a tribute performance sung by the cast of “That Girl in Pinafore”, an upcoming local movie that pays tribute to the xinyao music movement. Concurrently, a behind-the-scenes exhibition of “That Girl in Pinafore” will be held from the 22 July to 27 August onwards. Also, take part in our Lucky Draw to stand a chance to win tickets to the movie! See you at the library@esplanade! For more updates on xinyao activities, pls visit: http://www.facebook.com/girlinpinafore


The retrospective art & heritage journey

Spend the month of July at our Public Libraries as we take you on a nostalgic journey to experience the artistic treasures of different cultures. Paint like the natives, get insights into unique traditions and walk in the footsteps of a revolutionary.

Walk with Us For a fascinating peek into local culture and history, join us on our learning journeys to the must-see culture and and heritage sites. Two-way transport will be provided.

NUS Baba House

Malay Heritage Centre

Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

Get insights into Peranakan identity, history and culture through this unique visit to a home dating back to the early 20th century.

This tour will focus on Kampong Glam’s historical significance as a thriving port town prior to Raffles’ arrival in 1819, as well as showcase the increasingly urban and cosmopolitan nature of Singaporean Malays.

Travel back in time as the guided tour traces Dr. Sun’s revolutionary activities in the Southeast Asian region and the impact on Singapore.

6 July, Saturday, 10.00am - 1.00pm, Central Public Library (Meeting Point) Each session is limited to 12 participants.

13 July, Saturday, 10.00am - 1.00pm Bukit Merah Public Library (Meeting Point) 14 July, Sunday, 10.00am - 1.00pm Toa Payoh Public LIbrary (Meeting Point)

7 July, Sunday, 10.00am - 12.30pm, Tampines Regional Library (Meeting Point) 21 July, Sunday, 10.00am - 12.30pm, Woodlands Regional Library (Meeting Point) Each session is limited to 40 participants.

Each session is limited to 30 participants.

All learning journeys are free. Registration is required. Should the tour be fully registered and you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please email your name and contact number to Naadhirah_Ridza@nlb.gov.sg with title of the learning journey as the subject.

*For programmes that require registration, please register via e-kiosk or 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 and session details to Naadhirah_Ridza@nlb.gov.sg with the title of the programme as the subject. Look out for more art and heritage programmes coming your way in July . Log on to http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg/programme/Arts.aspx for more details.


Love Flows!

Arts in Motion

Date your parents and grandparents, or bring a friend. Learn to play a new instrument and bond with them through good music and interactive plays.

This series takes you around the world through a myriad of international dance showcases. Explore the history and culture of Israel, Spain and Japan in these interactive dance workshops!

Travel with Gamelan

Let BronzAge Gamelan take you through this instrumental journey. Get a chance to try your hands at playing the metallophones, kendang and gongs during the performance. 27 July, Saturday, 1.00pm - 2.00pm, Progamme Zone, Toa Payoh Public Library Free admission with no required registration.

“Mosquito and Pantang”

Want to know what really goes on in your neighbour’s house? Take a peek at the play presented by The Necessary Stage Theatre for Seniors! 13 July, Saturday, 3.00pm - 4.00pm, Radin Mas, Bukit Merah Public Library 17 July, Wednesday, 3.00pm - 4.00pm, Auditorium,Tampines Regional Library Free admission with no required registration.

Aloha! Ukelele

Learn how to play the ukelele in this 2-part series. Grandparents, parents and children will learn the basic knowledge about the ukelele and how toplay it. Participants will be taught to play different chords, and a complete song! *Registration is required.

Israeli Folk Dance

9 July, Tuesday, 3.00pm - 5.00pm, Programme Zone, Marine Parade Public Library *Registration is required.

Flamenco Traditional Dance

17 July, Wednesday, 3.00pm - 4.30pm Programme Zone, Woodlands Regional Library *Registration is required.

Japanese Cultural Dance 27 July, Saturday, 3.30pm - 4.30pm, Programme Zone, Bishan Public Library *Registration is required.

Paint like the Grandmasters Create your own masterpieces through this painting series. Discover different painting styles that have been passed down through the ages, famous artists and their works. Warli Painting Watercolour Painting Batik Painting *Registration is required.

Who’s afraid of the Arts You don’t have to be Picasso to know Art! Learn about all things art in this series of art appreciation talks. You’ll be able to appreciate different art works and articulate your thoughts about them - like a pro! *Registration is required.

Celebrate Local Food Heritage with Clay Come celebrate our delectable local food delights by moulding your very own miniature clay food sets, like satay, ice kachang, duck rice and roti prata! Learn to create a different mini food set each session. 20 July, Saturday, 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Activity Room, Geylang East Public Library *Registration is required.


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Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star. – William Clement Stone

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The Golden Circle

交流点读书会

3.00 pm – 4.00 pm Activity Room, Geylang East Public Library

1.00 pm – 3.00 pm Activity Room, Bukit Panjang Public Library

The rustle of a well-thumbed page, the whiff of age from a much-cherished tome—come and appreciate the beauty of a good book with the Golden Circle, an English book club for seniors. Discussions will be centred around fiction books, so join us for a stimulating afternoon of lively discussions.

喝茶,聊天,分享书籍及课题。我们邀请你来参加我们的 书籍及课题分享的活动。借此提升我们大家对书籍的 认知及课题的了解。

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

A reading club formed to encourage the confident use of English amongst adults in a comfortable environment. And what better way to polish your language, than through a poignant book. Come join us to hone your English proficiency, discuss & bond over a book. Make some friends along the way & always go back home feeling accomplished.

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

The Book Lovers’ Club is a reading club for singles. Focusing on relationships and inspirational stories, the book discussions are held on a monthly basis. To register, please email your particulars (name and contact number) to shirley_lim@nlb.gov.sg

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

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 help participants converse in Malay.

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像由心生 摄影与文学分享会 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm Programme Zone, library@chinatown

两百张摄影作品取自生活,两百段心灵小品发自内 心,它是摄影与文学的结合,图片与文字的交汇。这 是新加坡第一本直接由社交媒体转为纸面媒介的中文 书,它源于脸书,化作图书,是新时代的另一种出版 过程与流传方式。作者李宁强将在会上和读者分享他 通过镜头体会生活的心路历程,也将通过一张张图 片,和读者分享镜头中的意念与他所要表达的想法。 凡要出席这个讲座的公众,可在http://golibrary.nlb. gov.sg/programme/Read.aspx 报名或者您也可以 在各图书馆的电子服务站(e-kiosks)报名。


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Pseudo Book Club

Heartlands Book Club

3.00 pm – 4.30 pm Verging All Teens, Jurong Regional Library

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

Learn facilitation skills and make new friends with like-minded people! This is a book club facilitated by young adults, for young adults.

We are discussing Keigo Higashino "Devotion Suspect X. Yasuko Hanaoka thought she had escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day, the situation quickly escalates and Togashi ends up dead. Yasuko's next-door-neighbor Ishigami offers his help, not only disposing of the body, but plotting the coverup as well.

Senior's Reading Club 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm Basement 1, Central Public Library

Join us for an enjoyable hour of lively discussion. In july, We'll be discussing "A Tree Grows Up in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith (Call No.: SMI)

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Budding Writers League Sci-Fi/ Fantasy Chapter 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm Programme Zone, Clementi Public Library

Join us at the second session of this four-part workshop where participants will learn the art of writing urban fantasy stories. Topics covered include: • • • • •

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

As we move from Hot and Wet into Hotter and Hottest in July, we’re looking for ways to stay cool – let’s talk ICE-CREAM! We will be talking about the different types of ice-cream and their variations, and dish out a few ice-cream recipes for you to try at home, even without an ice-cream machine! We will also be reading Scoop to Kill written by Wendy Lyn Watson - a chilling murdermystery sprinkled with humour, and best served with a side of hot fudge. Cold, icy treats will be provided, so do join us.

Building your protagonist/antagonist Defining your environment Creating the perfect plot Identifying the fantasy tropes What you need to know about publishing

Participants who are interested must submit their story idea or an excerpt of their story of 2,000 words or less. Limited to 15 participants aged 13-28 years. Registration is required at the library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg. For more information, please contact Pearly at pearly_ma@nlb.gov.sg. JUly 2013 // golibrary.nlb.gov.sg


The National Library Board launched its first ever nationwide reading initiative, Read! Singapore, in 2005. Every year, we present an anthology of short stories and poems in the four official languages – English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. The selected works are chosen within a framework of a theme. The theme for this year’s anthology is “Under One Sky” and the selected works highlight the untold complexities of family ties and remind us that we can also be bound together by our differences.

Some of Our Short Stories Video by Alfian Sa’at

While sorting through her father’s belongings after his untimely death, Jamilah discovers a video camera – newly-bought for the Haj trip he never undertook. Amidst unspoken grief and deep-seated family tensions, this video camera becomes the unexpected tool that helps the family members find closure.

An Ode to Darkness by Chi Zi Jian Translated from Chinese

As a result of a painful bee sting, the narrator suffers a night of insomnia. Desperate for a distraction, she draws the curtains to look out of the window, pleading to Heaven for help.

The Lemang Soliloquy by Nisah Haron Translated from Malay

Angah feels unfairly treated because of his family’s strict adherence to the Negeri Sembilan matrilineal customs of adat pepatih. Through his daughter’s insistence on learning to cook the lemang dish, he begins to realise the importance of family and traditions.

God’s Own Child by Suriya Rethnna Translated from Tamil

A moving story about the plight of a single mother raising her special needs child in today’s society.

Find out more at www.readsingapore.sg or www.facebook.com/READSingapore


#UnderOneSky For July, we are adopting Read! Singaporeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme for 2013 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Under One Sky. Read a book that has struck a chord or reflects a personal experience? Share your thoughts and #underonesky reads with us throughout the month on Twitter and Instagram. Follow the hashtag to discover other posts on the theme.

For more information, visit www.readsingapore.sg or http://blogs.nlb.gov.sg/ highbrowseonline/bookyeared/ bookyeared/

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It’s so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to. – Annie Gottlier

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MediShield Reform Seminar

"Are You Borrowing Too Much" by Institute for Financial Literacy

Do you know how the recent changes to MediShield could affect you? Keep yourself informed with this programme by IPP Financial Advisers. IPP was founded in 1983 and is the pioneer in the licensed financial advisory service. It is also fully regulated under MAS Financial Adviser Act, 2002. 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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"Making Sense of Your Money" by Institute for Financial Literacy 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm Programme Zone, Woodlands Regional Library

Learn to set S.M.A.R.T. financial goals and work out how much you need for your goals. Develop a budget by tracking your spending and savings on a regular basis. Learn how to cut down on expenses and reduce debt.

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Money Mind: Financial Budgeting 101 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm Changi/Simei Room, Tampines Regional Library

As the old adage goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Cash flow is likened to blood flow in the human body. Nothing else matters when the flow stops. How do you know if you are ‘overly’ indebted? Are you able to have a fully-paid ‘roof over your head’ upon retirement? Everyone saves but could you be saving too much or too little? Please register at library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg/programme/Business.aspx

JUly 2013 // golibrary.nlb.gov.sg

12.30 pm – 1.30 pm Programme Zone Woodlands Regional Library

Find out if you can afford to borrow, types of loans and available alternatives to borrowing. You will also be able to understand the implications of borrowing and how to resolve debt issues. Please register at library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg/ programme/Business.aspx

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3.00 pm – 4.00 pm Programme Zone, Bishan Public Library

Entrepreneurship and Your Personal Wealth 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm Changi/Simei Room Tampines Regional Library

Entrepreneurship begins with a dream but actualises with a capital. Often, entrepreneurs may not have the resources to raise capital in order to grow their business. This workshop helps you the aspirant identify financing opportunities and manage your personal wealth while balancing the demands of your business. Come start up and start right to build a successful venture. Brought by DP Credit Bureau. Registration for this programme can be done via library eKiosks or websitehttp://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg/ programme/Business.aspx


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Dollars and Sense Learning Community

Talk on Will Writing

11.00 am – 12.30 pm Programme Zone, Jurong Regional Library

2.30 pm – 4.00 pm Changi/Simei Room Tampines Regional Library

4.30 pm – 6.00 pm Changi/Simei Room, Tampines Regional Library

Financial literacy is a critical life skill that helps you make informed, long-term decisions on your financial well-being. The Learning Community focuses on sharing key financial literacy topics such as retirement planning, basic investing, savings and budgeting.

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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. This programme is for free admission however registration is required at library eKiosks or website, http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg.

Traditional taboos and the belief that only the wealthy need to have a will have prevented most of us from thinking about what happens to our possessions and assets when we pass away. However, most of us are unaware of the many potential complications and confusion that may arise when we pass without a will: who will benefit from your assets? Who has power over your estate? Who will be legal guardians for your young children? In this talk, senior financial consultant Cai Junhao will share his experience and expertise on how to secure the lives of your loved ones that goes beyond just buying insurance. Please register at library ekiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg.

1– 28 July Celebrating Food, Embracing Culture Heritage Area - Food Festival at Little India, Ang Mo Kio and Geylang East Public Libraries In conjunction with the Food Festival at Little India, the National Library Board (NLB) is collaborating with The Indian Restaurants Association (Singapore) to encourage people to read more widely and promote learning through interactive, fun and hands-on activities. Loan promotion in Ang Mo Kio and Geylang East Public Libraries From 1 to 27 July 2013, library visitors who borrow any 16 books at Ang Mo Kio or Geylang East Public Libraries can redeem a food card with a credit value of $10 which they can use at the Food Festival at Little India.

Borrowing of books and free programmes at NLB’s Booth at the Food Festival’s heritage area Over 2,000 adult and children’s books and AV materials (in English and Tamil) on cookery, lifestyle, health, fiction and various subjects will be available for loan at the NLB booth at the Food Festival’s heritage area from 19 – 21 July and 26 – 28 July between 10.00 am and 5.00 pm. Members of the public can also participate in NLB’s slew of programmes between 19 – 28 July, between 10.00 am and 5.00 pm, daily. Detailed information is displayed at Ang Mo Kio and Geylang East Public Libraries.

JUly 2013 // golibrary.nlb.gov.sg


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You miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut. – Dr Seuss

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Eating To A Slimmer You

Green, natural and organic pesticides to zap pesky bugs away!

A celebrity nutritionist, Ms Suria Mohd, will share with participants ways to eat to a slimmer body. Ms Suria will discuss healthy food and cooking methods as well as benefits of losing excess weight.

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Understanding your Body and Health Maintenance through TCM Ways 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm Programme Zone, library@chinatown

The talk will enlighten participants on some of the specialties in TCM treatments in Singapore, such as: when you need to seek TCM treatment; TCM treatment for sickness and/or health maintenance; why you should seek TCM treatment; TCM versus Western medical treatment; who are the Singapore TCM Physicians and how they are trained and got qualified; how TCM treatments are like: TCM diagnostic methods, herbal medicines (traditional and modernised-no-need-toboil type), acupuncture, tuina, guasha, etc.. A demonstration on how to do DIY facial acupoints/ meridians guasha, for treatment of discomforts and wellness maintenance of the eyes, nose, ears and mouth will be given at the end of the talk. Please register at library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb. gov.sg/programme/Wellness.aspx JUly 2013 // golibrary.nlb.gov.sg

3.00 pm – 4.00 pm Activity Room, Bukit Panjang Public Library

Due to the hazardous effects of synthetic pesticides on health and the environment, interest of using non-toxic but effective alternative means such as organic pesticides in controlling pests has grown over the years. Contrary to what most people believe, organic pesticides are not necessary green, better, and safer than synthetic pesticides. This talk focuses on the pros and cons of using organic pesticides and the target pest they control. Information on some bug buster recipes concocted from household products that are considered effective against garden pest will also be presented.

About the speaker Ms. Ariene G. Castillo is a Scientist with the Entomology and Nematology Section of the Plant Health Laboratory Division, Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority. Her interest in plants and its associated pests drove her to pursue research & extension works on nematodes, biological control of pests, and disease management.

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为50岁以上人士举办的“分享人生”讲座 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm Multipurpose Room, Toa Payoh Public Library

为50岁以上人士举办的 “分享人生” 讲座 还记得童年时喜欢吃的美味食物的滋味吗?年轻时常听的歌曲是否 也偶尔在耳边响起?岁月流逝,生活中的点点滴滴,起起落落都是 我们的经历, 我们的宝贵财富。 欢迎前来参加讲座,让我们一起体验人生故事里的喜怒哀乐! 讲座由华美中心的专业辅导员主讲。 日期: 2013年7月30日 (星期二) 时间: 下午 2点 至 4点 地点: 大巴窑公共图书馆, 二楼多用途课室 入场免费,无须报名。


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Mind Journey Programme Mind Journey is the Health Promotion Board's mental well-being programme for adults aged 18 – 49. Join us for these 2 talks in July and better equip yourselves with knowledge and skills to optimise your mental well-being. This programme is for free admission however registration is still required. Please register via library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg. Register your spot by clicking 'Add to Cart' or via the e-Kiosks at the libraries.

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Mental Well-being & Self-esteem

Healthy Sleeping Habits

2.00 pm – 3.30 pm Programme Zone, Serangoon Public Library

Assess your current mental well-being and pick up tips on improving your overall mental wellbeing, starting with self-esteem in the Mental Well-being & Self–esteem workshop by Danny Ho, a Professional Counsellor and Certified Hypnotherapist.

About the speaker Danny Ho conducts professional counselling services since 2000 for individuals, couples or families. He also conducts clinical supervision and is currently a Principal Consultant at One Place Consultancy, a centre providing counselling and mental well-being services. Danny also holds a Master of Social Science degree in Professional Counselling with Specialisation in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from Swinburne University of Technology.

2.00 pm – 3.30 pm Multipurpose Room, Bedok Public Library

Did you know that the “natural alarm clock” which enables some people to wake up more or less when they want to is caused by a burst of the stress hormone adrenocorticotropin? Researchers say this reflects an unconscious anticipation of the stress of waking up. Learn how sleep impacts one’s mental wellbeing. You will also discover what some of the common sleep difficulties and disturbances are, and pick up tips on cultivation good sleeping habits.

About the speaker Ms. Goh Yih Shian is an accredited dietician (DAA and SNDA) who graduated from University of Sydney, Australia, with a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition & Dietetics. An avid health advocate, Yih Shian approaches health and lifestyle issues with passion. She aims to motivate and assist individuals and communities to make important quality lifestyle decisions and behavioural changes that will last them a lifetime.

JUly 2013 // golibrary.nlb.gov.sg


If you live to be one hundred, I hope to live one hundred minus one day, so that I never have to live without you. – Winnie The Pooh

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Bonding through Baking with Chef Siti Mastura

GEPL’s Anniversary Fiesta!

11.00 am – 12.00 pm Activity Room, Geylang East Public Library

12.00 pm – 2.00 pm Programme Zone Geylang East Public Library

The programme is for free admission however registration is still required. please register at library ekiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg. limited to 40 participants.

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Cooking With Heritage Cookbooks by Chef Devagi 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm Activity Room, Geylang East Public Library

In line with the library’s 25th anniversary, Celebrity Chef Devagi Sanmugam is demonstrating three Singaporean favourite recipes from three of her favourite cookbooks. These cookbooks documents and preserves the cultural and culinary heritage of the different ethnic groups in Singapore through recipes passed down from generation to generation. Black Pepper Prawns (Indian Heritage Cooking by Devagi Sanmugam) Oyster Omelette (Chinese Heritage Cooking by Christopher Tan and Amy Van) Nasi Jagong (Malay Heritage Cooking by Rita Zahara) This programme is for free admission however registration is still required. Please register via library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg. JUly 2013 // golibrary.nlb.gov.sg

Borrow 12 items and participate in any one of the Fringe Booths held at our Programmes Zone. While stocks last! • Spice Challenge • Food-themed Nail Art • Giant Birthday Cake Photo Booth • Sushi-making Demo

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Chef Siti Mastura’s recently published recipe book “Ignite The Flame...Bonding The Generations” consists of specially selected baking recipes from simple to sophisticated ones – from exquisite Cheese Foccacia to fanciful Caramel Hearts and more! Join us in this one hour special where you will get to hear about Chef Siti’s journey to becoming a well-loved baker and also get a chance to view her demonstration of making one of the recipes in her book- fun Designer Cookies!

Food Blogging 101 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm Merpati Hall Geylang East Public Library

Calling all foodies! Keen to learn how to start a food blog or take attractive photos of food? Join us in this 1 hour session, and be inspired by local food bloggers Mr Daniel Ang and Ms Catherine Ling, who will be sharing their unique experiences and tips on food blogging. Participants are encouraged to bring along their own cameras devices as a hands-on food photo taking segment will be involved. This programme is for free admission however registration is still required. Please register via library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg.


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汉语拼音和学英语学习班

Cardboard Art

汉语拼音学习班 日期 : 七月三号 时间 : 傍晚6时30分至7时 地点 : 淡滨尼区域图书馆三楼活动室 英语学习班 日期 : 七月三号 时间 : 晚上7时至8时 地点 : 淡滨尼区域图书馆三楼活动室

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Create your own decorative storage containers 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm Programme Zone, Queenstown Public Library

Don’t throw away those plastic take away containers! Learn how to give them a new lease of life by using newspaper strips to create beautiful paper containers with an interesting print! This programme is suitable for adults and children aged 10 and above and is limited to 20 participants only. Registration is required at the library eKiosks or website http://golibrary.nlb. gov.sg.

Have you ever seen a mega structure made entirely out of cardboard? Come July, you will get a chance to come face to face with giant cardboard figurines as well as learn the art of making art pieces out of cardboard from our cardboard artist!

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姐妹们! 一起来学拼音打汉字, 练习英语会话, 也同时增加与人交流的机会!无需报名,直接上 课。 适合家庭主妇、退休人士(女性)参加!

3.00 pm – 5.00 pm Programme Zone, Marine Parade Public Library

Artist Trading Cards (ATC) Club 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm Programme Zone, Bishan Public Library

Learn to create Artist Trading Cards and let your creative juices flow! Artist Trading Cards are miniature art creations measuring 2.5” by 3.5”, and all forms of art can be used. Get to know how to create different types of ATCs and pick up tips on art! Observers are welcome.

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6.30 pm – 8.00 pm Changi/Simei Room Tampines Regional Library

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

Sengkang Public Library welcomes ‘The Parenting Club’ to share with you life-long parenting skills through interactive group discussions, sharing of experiences & outings. Each session touches on one to two chapters of the audio book titled ‘Boundaries with kids: how healthy choices grow’. This programme is open to all parents with children ages 0-7 years old, limited to 20 adults. The programme is for free admission however registration is required. please register at library ekiosks or website http:/golibrary.nlb.gov.sg.

JUly 2013 // golibrary.nlb.gov.sg


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Movie Screening at QUPL: Hercules

Build your home entertainment system using IT

4.00 pm – 6.00 pm Programme Zone, Queenstown Public Library

5.00 pm – 6.00 pm Programme Zone, Queenstown Public Library

The son of the Greek Gods Zeus and Hera is stripped of his immortality as an infant. As he grows older and learns who he really is, he sets out on an epic journey to reclaim his immortality and ultimately becomes a hero.

Getting a new home? Or revamping your existing home? Why not take this opportunity to revamp your home theatre system too? Find out the various ways how you can enjoy your movies and music with your family using common IT products.

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

Learn how to observe the sun, moon, planets, galaxies, star clusters, comets and meteor showers right here in Singapore! Simply attend the public talks held on the third Monday of every month at Toa Payoh Public Library. You will learn how to read simple star charts, handle a telescope, observe various celestial objects and be informed about upcoming astronomical events. Admission is free and no preregistration is required. The speaker Mr Gary Chee is an experienced amateur astronomer who has conducted numerous free public stargazing sessions for many years at various locations in Singapore. He has a knack for explaining complex astronomical concepts using simple words and entertaining analogies. So bring your family and friends along and discover the wonders of the Universe!

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Stargazing in Singapore: Sagittarius, Scorpius and the Milky Way

The speaker works for a technology firm and started as a PC hobbyist during his schooling days. He is passionate about making IT work for everyday living.

Movie Screening at QUPL: Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm Programme Zone, Queenstown Public Library

Percy Jackson discovers he’s the descendant of a Greek God and that he has been accused of stealing the weapon of God Zeus, a lightning bolt. He sets out on an adventure to clear his name and to settle an on-going battle between the Gods. This movie is sure to keep you at the edge of your seats!


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Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. – Henry Ford

Zhang Shou Shi National Calligraphy & Chinese Painting Exhibition for Primary and Secondary Schools

张瘦石全国中小学书画展

6 – 11 July, Central Public Library

从 1999 年开始,为配合学校周 年庆祝活动,中正中学(总校) 与东区华文中心每年都举办张瘦 石全国中小学书画展。每年的书 画展我校都广邀全国中小学共襄 盛举,以发扬及推广中华书画艺 术,让书画艺术走近人们的生 活。本次书画展的主题为《墨花 飞舞,笔砚生香》,届时将展出 书画学会成员及其他中小学学生 的作品。

Since 1999, the Zhang Shou Shi National Calligraphy & Chinese Painting Exhibition for Primary and Secondary Schools has been an annual feature of the local school art landscape. Besides preserving the quintessence of Chinese culture, the exhibition, jointly organised with East Zone Centre of Excellence (Chinese), also aims to create public awareness in Chinese Arts by bringing it closer to people's lives. The theme of this year's exhibition is ‘Splashes of Inspirations, Expressions of Youth’. Selected works by members of the club as well as students of other primary and secondary schools will be on display at the exhibition.

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The Chung Cheng High School (Main) Calligraphy & Chinese Painting Club was founded in March 1954. It aims to develop students’ interest in the Chinese culture, as well as to enhance their appreciation of the arts. Under the tutelage of instructor Mr. Teo Yew Yap, students hone their skills in this traditional art form and their works are showcased at various school events as well as external competitions and exhibitions.

中正中学(总校)书画学会自1954年成 立以来,就秉持着弘扬中华传统文化与 提升学生艺术涵养的信念。在张有铄老 师的带领下,学生在校内举办的活动当 中一展其才,也曾多次参加校外的全国 书画比赛和展览。

Junior Shooting Home 2013 exhibition

More 2 History, more about ancient beliefs and evolution

3 – 30 July, Ang Mo Kio Public Library

2 – 25 July, Jurong Regional Library

Family, friendship, growing up and culture are all topics close to the heart and shape one’s view of what home and identity are, what they can be, or what they have ceased to be. These issues take on a different look as they are explored through the eyes of ten young photographers from Junior Shooting Home, a photography mentorship programme by local visual arts centre Objectifs. Encouraged to ‘start from home’, these young photographers show us the stories of the people and places around us.

16 – 30 July, Tampines Regional Library

Enjoy a host of content surrounding ancient beliefs and the evolution from the Greeks, Aztecs, Mayans, Persians, Byzantines and more. Unlock the truths and myths behind the world of epic heroes and villains in this exhibition. More 2 Explore, More 2 Reveal, More to History. H2 is available on StarHub Ch 402 and Ch 456 in HD.

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Yang Menulis (They Who Write) 13 June – 11 July, Jurong Regional Library 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 copying-by-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. NLB has also produced a publication in accompaniment to the exhibition to shed more light on the process of scribing and its impact on the Malay literary movement. Interested patrons may obtain a free copy from the LKC counters.

Dengan adanya teknologi percetakan moden, Singapura muncul sebagai sebuah pusat penerbitan Melayu yang penting dalam abad ke-19 dan -20. Tahun 1917 dianggap sebagai titik permulaan pengeluaran teks-teks Melayu yang terdiri daripada suratkhabar dan buku-buku cetakan komersil di Nusantara. “Yang Menulis” meneliti peranan si penyalin yang seringkali diketepikan, dan proses penyalinan tangan dalam peralihan industri penerbitan Melayu dengan penggunaan mesin cetak. Sebuah projek bersama Lembaga Perpustakaan Negara (NLB) dan Taman Warisan Melayu (MHC), pameran ini menampilkan manuskrip dan litografi dari abad ke-19 terpilih dari Koleksi Nadir NLB. NLB juga telah menghasilkan sebuah publikasi untuk mengiringi pameran ini. Pengunjung yang berminat boleh memperoleh senaskah percuma di kaunter-kaunter LKC.

STC125 13 – 30 July, Bedok Public Library

The Straits Trading Company Limited (STC) is one of the oldest public-listed companies in Singapore, founded in 1887, when Singapore was part of the Straits Settlements under British Colonial rule. Founded upon tin mining and smelting, it was a major economic contributor to the growth and prosperity of Singapore in the early 19th century. This exhibition will showcase the illustrious history of STC and provide members of the public with a glimpse into the heritage and transformation of one of Singapore’s most iconic companies, whose growth and evolution is closely intertwined with the development and rise of modern Singapore.

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National Infocomm Security Competition 2013 – Award Ceremony 6 July, The Plaza, National Library Building

The National Infocomm Security Competition (NISEC) 2013 is organised as part of the Cyber Security Awareness Day 2013 activities. NISEC aims to enhance infocomm security awareness and also recognise individuals for their ideas and contribution towards raising the adoption of infocomm security best practices. The theme for NISEC 2013 is “Security at Home and in the Workplace” with a nationwide call-toaction to secure their online identity, computers, mobile and wireless devices.

Security @ Home and in the Workplace 2 – 10 July, Woodlands Regional Library 12 – 25 July, Bishan Public Library

Visit the exhibition to pick up useful security tips on infocomm security held in conjunction with Singapore’s 3rd Cyber Security Awareness Day which will be commemorated on 24 July.

The Digital Natives – Staying Safe Online Sunday, 7 July, 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm Programme Zone, Woodlands Regional library

Singaporeans are increasingly reliant on the Internet, and are taking their offline activities online. Through the Internet we can shop, pay our bills, watch videos and connect with friends via social media – both at home and on the go. However, even as we use the Internet for everyday tasks, we could also be exposing ourselves to a whole range of online risks. Do you know what threats you should be aware of, and what you can do to stay safe? Join Symantec’s Alan Lee, Senior Manager, User Productivity and Protection, Product Management, APJ, as he talks about online dangers and shares how best to stay safe online.

Prevent Financial Loss from Online Identity Theft 13 July, 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm Programme Zone, Bishan Public Library

Identity theft can happen to anyone even if you never spend any time on the Internet as these crimes do not stop at online activities. Not only your finances will be affected when hackers charge amounts on your credit card and your credit reputation will be ruined. Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, you can still become an unknowing victim. Hence, it is important to take precautions on preventing identity theft online and offline. Join Credit Bureau Singapore’s May Tan to obtain more information on prevention tips and also get to understand how identity theft can impact your credit reputation.

Singapore’s Early Zoos

24-Hour Comics Day Showcase

12 July – 11 August, Jurong Regional Library

19 June –31 July, Serangoon Public Library

This exhibition explores the history of private zoos that existed in Singapore since the 19th century and showcases zoos that were established prior to 1973 (when The Singapore Zoo was established) as well as private collectors. The exhibition also features rare photographs of the Punggol Zoo at Punggol from Mr Lawrence Basapa, grandson of the late Mr W. L. S. Basapa (1893 – 1943) who set up the zoo.

24-Hour Comics Day is a worldwide event that celebrates the art of making comics – 24 pages of comics in 24 hours. In Singapore, comic enthusiasts have been coming together to slog out this creative challenge since 2010. Come view the delightful works of the local comic community and be inspired to take part in the next round of creative frenzy yourself! JUly 2013 // golibrary.nlb.gov.sg


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Food Safety by Agri–Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore 8 – 28 July, Geylang East Public Library

18 – 31 July 2013 @ Tampines Regional Library

As consumers, we all expect our food to be safe. However, food can potentially become contaminated through improper practices from the time it is produced to the time it is consumed. The assurance of food safety requires the combined efforts of the government, the food industry and the consumer.

Going shopping for groceries yet unsure about how to select food safely in the supermarket?

Learn more about safe food practices while shopping, at home, at work and in school at this exhibition and play a part in protecting your own well-being and the well-being of your family by equipping yourself with the correct Food Safety knowledge and practising them! Together, Let’s Keep Food Safe!

Learn how to select different food products such as vegetables, eggs, meat and dairy products at this exhibition. Catch our food safety mascot, Oscar, on weekends for a photo but don’t forget to collect some useful brochures from him. Apply the useful tips you can find in the brochures, and play a part in ensuring food safety! Remember, Food Safety is also your responsibility! **Also look out for our Food safety puppet show for kids on the following dates: 13 July, 12.00 pm – 1.00 pm, Activity Room, Geylang East Public Library 20 July, 12.00 pm – 3.00 pm, Children’s Playhouse Tampines Regional Library

Behind the Scenes: That Girl in Pinafore Exhibition 1–31 July, Glass Showcase, library@esplanade

Witness a movie being put together in this behindthe-scenes exhibition on the upcoming local movie, That Girl in Pinafore, due in Singapore cinemas in August this year. The movie pays tribute to the xinyao music movement of the ‘90s, and follows the budding love story of a group of teenagers brought together by their love of xinyao songs. mm2 entertainment, in partnership with Hot Cider Films, presents the exhibition – Behind the Scenes: That Girl in Pinafore. The exhibition brings viewers through the entire filmmaking process; from auditions and casting to pre-production to shooting the movie. See the movie’s stars such as Daren Tan, Julie Tan and Jayley Woo on set in behind-the-scenes footage and production stills. Check out the movie’s concept artwork and storyboards for a sneak peek into the team’s vision. Relive the old days and listen to modern reboots of your favourite xinyao songs. With this exhibition, viewers can discover what it takes to make a movie in Singapore. JUly 2013 // golibrary.nlb.gov.sg

What’s in a Name? 3 July – 2 September Marine Parade Public Library

“One is not afraid to be born with a bad destiny but to be given a bad name.” – Chinese Idiom. Our names are a large part of our identity. How our names are structured is often determined by the cultures we come from. In this interactive exhibition, visitors can learn more about the naming traditions found in Singapore and what makes an ‘auspicious’ or ‘less auspicious’ name. Visitors can also create their own family crest to take home. This exhibition is organised in conjunction with the “Roots: Tracing Family Histories” exhibition held at the National Library Gallery, Level 10, National Library Building.


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Singapore Youth Festival 2013 Celebrations: Live@ eLibrary 3.00 pm - 7.00 pm Open Stage, library@esplanade

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Campaign City: Guided Tour 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Meeting point: Promenade Level 11, National Library Building

汉语拼音和学英语学习班

Singapore Youth Festival 2013 Celebrations: Live@ eLibrary

6.30 pm – 8.00 pm Changi/Simei Room Tampines Regional Library

3.00 pm - 7.00 pm Open Stage, library@esplanade

MediShield Reform Seminar

Singapore Youth Festival 2013 Celebrations: Live@ eLibrary

3.00 pm – 4.00 pm Programme Zone Bishan Public Library

3.00 pm - 7.00 pm Open Stage, library@esplanade

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Bonding through Baking with Chef Siti Mastura 11.00 am – 12.00 pm Activity Room Geylang East Public Library

GEPL’s Anniversary Fiesta! 12.00 pm – 2.00 pm Programme Zone Geylang East Public Library

Cooking With Heritage Cookbooks by Chef Devagi 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm Activity Room Geylang East Public Library

4.30 pm – 6.00 pm Programme Zone Ang Mo Kio Public Library

Create your own decorative storage containers 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm Programme Zone Queenstown Public Library

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Bonding through Baking with Chef Siti Mastura 11.00 am – 12.00 pm Activity Room Geylang East Public Library

The Digital Natives – Staying Safe Online 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm Programme Zone Woodlands Regional Library

Calligraphy Workshop

Calligraphy Workshop 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm Multipurpose Room Central Public Library

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The Golden Circle 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm Activity Room Geylang East Public Library

“Making Sense of Your Money” by Institute for Financial Literacy 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm Programme Zone Woodlands Regional Library

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FUNdaMENTALs Reading Club 10.00 am – 11.30 am Amazon Room Woodlands Regional Library

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Artist Trading Cards (ATC) Club 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm Programme Zone Bishan Public Library

Telling Stories through Photography 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm Programme Zone Ang Mo Kio Public Library

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Book Lovers’ Club

2.00 pm – 3.30 pm Multipurpose Room Central Public Library

3.00 pm – 6.00 pm Multipurpose Room Central Public Library

Cardboard Art

The Parenting Club

3.00 pm – 5.00 pm Programme Zone Marine Parade Public Library

11.00 am – 12.30 pm Activity Room Sengkang Public Library

古琴讲座 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm Activity Room Choa Chu Kang Public Library

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Eating To A Slimmer You 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm Merpati Hall Geylang East Public Library

Prevent Financial Lost From Online Identity Theft 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm Programme Zone Bishan Public Library

Understanding your Body and Health Maintenance through TCM Ways 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm Programme Zone library@chinatown

Money Mind: Financial Budgeting 101 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm Changi/Simei Room Tampines Regional Library

Green, natural and organic pesticides to zap pesky bugs away! 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm Activity Room Bukit Panjang Public Library

Movie Screening at QUPL: Hercules 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm Programme Zone Queenstown Public Library

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Youkorins Jazz Quartet 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm Open Stage, library@esplanade

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Stargazing in Singapore: Sagittarius, Scorpius and the Milky Way 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm Programme Zone Toa Payoh Public Library

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“Are You Borrowing Too Much” by Institute for Financial Literacy 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm Programme Zone Woodlands Regional Library JUly 2013 // golibrary.nlb.gov.sg

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交流点读书会 (Interacting@ BPPL) 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm Activity Room Bukit Panjang Public Library

Entrepreneurship and Your Personal Wealth 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm Changi/Simei Room Tampines Regional Library

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

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Dollars and Sense Learning Community 11.00 am – 12.30 pm Programme Zone Jurong Regional Library

Celebrate Local Food Heritage with Clay 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm, Activity Room Geylang East Public Library

Mental Well-being & Self-esteem 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm Programme Zone Serangoon Public Library

Xinyao’s Past, Present and Future Seminar 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm Open Stage, library@esplanade

像由心生 摄影与文学分享会 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm Programme Zone library@chinatown

Pseudo Book Club 3.00 pm – 4.30 pm Verging All Teens Jurong Regional Library

Dollars and Sense Learning Community 4.30 pm – 6.00 pm Changi/Simei Room Tampines Regional Library

Build your home entertainment system using IT 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm Programme Zone, Queenstown Public Library

Fahcheong. The Art Book. Book Launch 5.00 pm – 6.30 pm Multipurpose Room Central Public Library

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Food Blogging 101 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm Merpati Hall Geylang East Public Library

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Senior’s Reading Club 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm Basement 1 Central Public Library

Telling Stories through Portrait Photography 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm Programme Zone Ang Mo Kio Public Library

Budding Writers League Sci-Fi/Fantasy Chapter 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm Programme Zone Clementi Public Library

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Talk on Will Writing

Healthy Sleeping Habits

2.30 pm – 4.00 pm Changi/Simei Room Tampines Regional Library

2.00 pm – 3.30 pm Multipurpose Room Bedok Public Library

Wu Teh Yao Memorial Lecture and Book Launch of “The Story of the Stones” 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm The Pod, Level 16 National Library Building

Xinyao songs from “That Girl In Pinafore” 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm Open Stage, library@esplanade

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

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Movie Screening at QUPL: Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm Programme Zone Queenstown Public Library

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为50岁以上人士举办的 “分享人生”讲座 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm Multipurpose Room Toa Payoh Public Library

exhibitions 9 January – 30 September Campaign City: Life in Posters Lee Kong Chian Reference Library, Level 11, National Library Building 27 June – 21 July 125 Years of Progress and Transformation at Straits Trading Promenade, Level 9 National Library Building 13 June – 11 July Yang Menulis (They Who Write) Jurong Regional Library 2 – 25 July More 2 History, more about ancient beliefs and evolution Jurong Regional Library 25 July 2013 – 16 February 2014 Roots: Tracing Family Histories National Library Gallery, Level 10, National Library Building 16 – 30 July More 2 History, more about ancient beliefs and evolution Tampines Regional Library 21 July – 27 August Singapore Style: Xinyao Through The Years Exhibition Innovation Gallery library@esplanade 2 – 10 July Security@Home and in the Workplace Woodlands Regional Library

12 July – 11 August 3 – 30 July Junior Shooting Home Exhibition Yang Menulis (They Who Write) Woodlands Regional Library Ang Mo Kio Public Library 6 July National Infocomm Security Competition 2013 – Award Ceremony The Plaza National Library Building 6 – 11 July Zhang Shou Shi National Calligraphy & Chinese Painting Exhibition for Primary and Secondary Schools Central Public Library

18 – 31 July Food Safety Exhibitions by Agri– Food & Veterinary Authority Tampines Regional Library 1 – 31 July Behind The Scenes: That Girl in Pinafore Exhibition Glass Showcase library@esplanade 13 – 30 July STC 125 Bedok Public Library

8 – 28 July Ongoing Food Safety by Agri–Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore From Books to Bytes: The Story of the National Library Geylang East Public Library Promenade, Level 5 National Library Building 8 July – 12 August Parting Glances: Singapore’s Ongoing Evolving Spaces The Donors Gallery Promenade, Level 7 Lee Kong Chian Reference Library, National Library Building Level 10, National Library Building 12 – 25 July Ongoing Security@Home and in the Singapore Literary Pioneers Workplace Promenade, Level 11 Bishan Public Library National Library Building 12 July – 11 August Singapore’s Early Zoos Jurong Regional Library

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July 2013 Computer Courses 七月份电脑班课程表 Register at our library ekiosks today! You can also visit http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg and key in “SIJ” for more details. 现在就通过图书馆内的电子服务站报名吧! 您也可浏览 http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg,输入 “SIJ”以搜寻更多详情。

Discovering E-Entertainment 05/07/13(Fri) 2.00 pm – 5.30 pm Fees: $10

Learn how you can use the internet for entertainment. Participants will learn how to find and listen to music, watch videos and play games online. (Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of the internet)

Basic Computer (2-session course) Part 1 of 2: 09/07/13 (Tue) Part 2 of 2: 10/07/13 (Wed) 2.00 pm - 5.30 pm Fees: $20

Learn how to use the computer in this introductory course. Participants will learn about the different parts of a computer, how to use the mouse and keyboard, as well as the basics of the windows 7 operating system.

社交网站需知 13/07/13 (星期六) 2.00 pm – 5.30 pm 收费: $10

Facebook 是时下最受欢迎的社交网站之一,能开拓 您与亲友之间沟通的新桥梁。此课程除了教您如何 创建个人账户和使用 Facebook,也教您在使用时如 何保护您的隐私。(学员须具备基本电脑知识、上网 的经验及拥有电邮账户。)

网际网络 (Internet) 16/07/13(星期二) 2.00 pm – 5.30 pm Fees: $10

网上的资讯应有尽有。除了文字,也有图片、影像 和地图等。只要学会如何浏览网络,您就能上网搜 寻所需的资料。此课程为电脑初学者而设,除了让 您了解什么是互连网,也能通过实际操作学习如何 上网。(学员须具备基本电脑知识。)

Basic Internet 18/07/13(Thu) 2.00 pm – 5.30 pm Fees: $10

Learn how to use the internet in this introductory course. Participants will learn how to access the internet and use it to search for text, pictures and videos. (Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of the computer)


Introduction to NLB E-Resources (2-session course) Part 1 of 2: 24/07/2013 (Wed) Part 2 of 2: 25/07/2013 (Thu) 2.00 pm – 5.30 pm Fees: $20

Learn how to use NLB’s website to find eBooks and eNewspapers. Participants will learn how to access different digital information, from books and magazines to local and international news in this step by step course. (Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of the internet)

Introduction to Social Networking 27/07/13(Sat) 2.00 pm – 5.30 pm Fees: $10

Learn about Facebook, a popular social media platform. Participants will learn how to create a Facebook account and communicate with family and friends through Facebook. You will also learn tips on how to keep your personal information safe and private. (Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of the internet)

NLB 中文电子书和电子报刊 (共两堂课) 第 1 堂课: 30/07/13(星期二) 第 2 堂课: 31/07/13(星期三) 2.00 pm - 5.30 pm 收费: $20

电子书和电子报刊的日益普及,为读者们提供了 许多的便利。读者们可随时随地通过网络借书、 还书和阅读各类书刊。 NLB 的中文电子书和电 子报刊内容包罗万象,是个阅读宝库。您可通过 本课程了解其内容,学习如何查阅 NLB 中文电 子书和电子报刊。(学员须具备基本电脑知 识。)

Registration closes 2 days before the day of the course. You must read and agree to the following Terms and Conditions before registering for a course. 1) Participants must be a Singapore citizen or Permanent Resident. 2) Participants must be 50 years old and above. 3) Maximum intake for each class is 10 participants. 4) Registration is only confirmed upon payment of the full course fee. 5) Fees paid are non-refundable unless the course is cancelled by NLB. 6) Once registration is confirmed, registrants cannot cancel the course but they can replace it with another course of equivalent price. 7) NLB reserves the right to postpone the courses. All information is correct at the time of printing.


The Thief Fuminori Nakamura, 2012 Corsair

The narrator of this novel is a pickpocket (“the Thief”). He goes about his daily business with the panache of a seasoned professional. He explains his techniques and how pickpockets work, what they look for, how they choose their victims, and how they succeed. He identifies targets by the suits they wear, and he recognizes every known brand of suit. The Thief himself had to be welldressed so that he could blend into the crowd of victims. The narrator is philosophical about his craft. He believes in an egalitarian society, and sees wealth and possession as an affront to that vision. “If there is no concept of ownership there‘d be no concept of stealing, would there? As long as there is one starving child in the world, all property is theft.” The Thief has a soft spot for children and women. When he spotted a young boy helping his mother to shoplift groceries in a supermarket, he (the Thief) went up to the boy’s mother and warned her that they (the mother and child) were being watched by the store security. He deftly helped the boy to some items and whisked him out of the store. The boy and his mother later befriended the Thief. He carried on a sexual liaison with the woman but with no romantic attachments because he keeps thinking of another woman from his past, one Saeko, who he was never to see again. His attachment to the boy and his mother was soon to become a liability because he was coerced into a series of bizarre crimes so that the boy and his mother would not be harmed.

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of men gathered together by Kizaki to stage a robbery of an important man. They included two men with the unusual names of “Flattop” and “Buzzcut”. The victim was not to be harmed or so the Thief was led to believe. The victim turned out to be a politician, and he was killed in the robbery. After his death, other deaths followed. Another politician committed suicide, the director of a public corporation was killed by a train when he fell onto the tracks, and the president of an IT company was also found dead. How were these deaths connected to each other? The Thief did not know the rest of the gang but the arrangements were carefully planned by Kizaki. He even made sure that the police would think that it was the work of a Chinese gang. All of them were chosen because they had no family, and they were all killed after the robbery by Kizaki – all but the Thief.

The Thief was needed for “three small jobs” for Kizaki which involved stealing from three persons. He was to steal a man’s cellphone and put it into the mailbox in an apartment. The second job was to steal an item – any item (like a lighter) – from the same man after seven days. That item must have his fingerprint. And the man must not know that it had been stolen from him. Finally, he had to steal some documents from another man, one Yonezawa. It was through this last victim that the Thief attempted to find out what Kizaki was doing and why. But was it too late?

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The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why being in Charge Isn’t What It Used to Be. Moisés Naím, 2013 Basic Books

The author was the Minister for Industry and Trade of Venezuela, and was also a former editor-inchief of “Foreign Policy”. The thesis of “The End of Power” is that power everywhere, in any form, is decaying; and this decay is changing the world. Naím knows that his assertions run contrary to popular perception. He defines power as “the ability to direct or prevent the current or future actions of other groups and individuals.” Power, he says, is what we exercise over others that make them behave in a way they would not otherwise have done. He explains that power is expressed through four different channels. First by “muscle”, namely force or coercion – “do it or else”. Secondly, through Codes, for example, rituals, practices, conventions with which we allow our behavior to be regulated. An example is the Mass that Catholics observe, and similarly, the same way Jews observe the Sabbath. Thirdly, through “Pitches”, that is, the sales pitch that acts on our psyche and influences the way we think and behave. How, for example, we rush to buy a McDonald’s breakfast after seeing its advertisement on the bus. The fourth and final channel is through rewards. People are influenced by rewards to act when they would not otherwise have done. All these channels operate in distinct ways. Next, Naím tells us that an important corollary to power is that it seeks barriers. Barriers are relevant and important to incumbent power because they stop newcomers from taking over. Barriers preserve power. So “when barriers go up and stay up, incumbents become entrenched and consolidate their control”. There are myriad examples of barriers. The two-party system in America “effectively control the electoral process and small ones cannot get a foothold”. Monopolies and autocratic and dictatorships are other examples of barriers to power. This all seemed like the world we know. Has anything changed? Naím claims that there has been a massive change. Taking 9 November 1989 (when the Berlin Wall was torn down) as the starting point, Naím claims that the world has seen and continues to see three types of revolution – the “More” revolution, the “Mobility” revolution, and the “Mentality revolution. The world is growing so rapidly that there is much more of everything today than there was pre-1989. Growth is exponential and more of everything is overpowering

power, Naím says. For those in power, the “More” revolution produces dilemmas: “How to coerce effectively when the use of force gets more costly and risky?” “How to assert authority when people’s lives are fuller and they feel less dependent and vulnerable?” “How to influence people and reward them for their loyalty in a universe where they have more choices?” The world is also getting smaller because people move about a lot more. The “Mobility” revolution allows people to circumvent power. It is not only about moving from country to country. Employees who are dissatisfied with their trade union just move on to join or form a new one. When goods and money are moved, the speed and extent in the drop in costs is incredible. Mobile phones enable people to transfer money at no cost.

The “Mentality” revolution may also be called the “Expectation” revolution. People’s expectations change and they are less patient today, less loyal, and far more demanding. Incumbents find it harder to stay in power as they find new and intolerant attitudes undercutting their power. This book ploughs through a host of situations across the world and from national politics, to the courts, to religion, and trade institutions to understand the effect of the decay of power. All that, Naím claims, has arisen because the barriers to power have been eroded by the three revolutions. He maintains, however, that there are positive consequences in the decay of power. Societies become freer, for example. The dangers and the negative aspects of the decay of power are matters for concern. In the last chapter he discusses what needs to be done. First and foremost, he says, there “is the urgent need to change the way we think and talk about power.” We need to get away from what he calls “elevator” thinking – the need to rank things and people. We need to regain trust. And, importantly, to handle “demagogic challengers who exploit disappointments with incumbents, promise change, and take advantage of the bewildering noise created by the proliferation of actors, voices, and proposals.” That is the challenge. Meeting it is the hard part.

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Change your thoughts and you change the world. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Norman Vincent Peale


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Tajuk: Rahsia Minda Hebat Penulis: Datoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Siti Nor Bahyah Mahamood, Haji Muhammad Zakaria Penerbit: Kuala Lumpur: Telaga Biru, 2009 No. panggilan: Malay 128.2 SIT

Buku ini merupakan hasil nukilan dua penulis hebat yang dikenali ramai di Singapura dan Malaysia. Gandingan karya Datoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Siti Nor Bahyah Mahamood dan Haji Muhammad Zakaria ini padat dengan panduan praktikal untuk menjana minda cerdas lagi hebat. Buku ini dibahagikan kepada 18 bahagian. Setiap satu merangkumi topik yang berlainan namun mempunyai hubung kait antara satu dengan yang lain. Penulis menggabungkan ilmu syariat, petikan dan rujukan hadis dan juga fakta dari sudut psikologi. Kita tahu makanan memainkan peranan penting dalam usaha mencerdaskan minda. Namun penulis juga menekankan faktor lain yang berperanaan sama penting untuk membangun minda hebat. Ini termasuklah motivasi diri, kekuatan rohani, pengamatan sekitaran, penglibatan dalam aktiviti fizikal dan juga ketenangan jiwa. Kesemua topik tersebut dijelaskan dengan terperinci dalam beberapa bahagian buku ini. Contohnya, diterangakan bahawa amalan rohani seperti doa, selawat, zikir, hafalan ayat-ayat Al-Quran dapat membantu mencapai matlamat mencerdaskan minda selain mendapat ganjaran pahala pelbagai manfaat lain. Satu aspek menarik buku ini ialah penerangan sesebuah topik disusun kemas dengan nota- nota ringkas dan digandingkan pula dengan gambar atau rajah berwarna-warni. Penyampaian sebegini membuat pembaca seronok menelaah bahan yang disajikan tanpa berasa bosan. Pembaca juga dapat mempelajari istilah-istilah sains, khusunya apabila penulis membicarakan perihal otak. Ringkasnya, buku ini ibarat sebuah manual yang wajar dimiliki oleh setiap keluarga sebagai panduan dan rujukan tentang subjek. Ulasan Oleh Marhama Mohamed

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书名:越梳越健康 作者:黄中平 出版社与年份:北京 : 中国轻工业出版社, 2012 索书号:Chinese 615.822 HZP -[HEA] 我们天天都在重复的梳头,可是您又是否知道梳头能带给您什么保健益 处呢?本书就指点了中医相关的梳头养生法;例如,梳头疗法和须注意 的头部治疗区。除此之外,书中也为读者介绍了中医对梳头治疗疾病与 病痛的治疗法。 梳头也一定不可马虎。那么您又是否知道如何正确地梳发呢?本书也讲解了梳头的窍门。 除了要知道如何选把好梳子之外,梳理不同发质的方式也很重要。书中就教您正确梳头的 六大要点, 也提供了呵护不同类型的头发的知识。 “越梳越健康” 绝对是一本梳发的养身宝典。现在就拿起您的梳子揭开养生的秘诀,梳一 头亮丽的秀发,梳出好健康吧! 编写:辜微敏(Joanne Koh)

书名:朱元璋之谜 作者:周钰雯编著 出版社与年份:南京: 南京出版社, 2012 索书号:Chinese 951.06092 ZYW 朱元璋是明朝的开国皇帝。历史记载朱元璋成了皇帝不久,便开始狠心 对帮助他打天下的功臣们下毒手。他为何如此忘恩负义呢?原来朱元璋 意识到皇太子懦弱,恐怕他继承皇位后无法有效驾驭朝廷大臣。这位传 奇历史人物,经历了坎坷曲折的人生,从卑微的乞丐攀升成为崇高的一 国之君,令后人觉得不可思议。学者认为朱元璋此举虽残忍,但是对稳定国家政治局势是 必要的。本书通俗易懂,以问答形式,叙述了朱元璋的一生经历。内容包括了朱元璋的出 生家世、军旅与政治生涯、后宫秘事、生后之谜等等。 朱元璋是明君或是暴君呢?读完本书自有分晓! 编写:杨钦力 (Yang Qinli)

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Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer. – William S. Burroughs

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Title: Carbon Nation Publisher & Published Year: [United States]: Clayway Media, c2011 Call No.: AV English 363.73874

Global warming, carbon emission and carbon footprint are terms that are often bantered about by green groups – but how much do we know exactly and what are the issues involved? In this thought-provoking documentary, Peter Byck visits a village in Alaska in its quest for clean and renewable energy consumption. Many ideas on saving the earth are shared – a trucker’s idea, though simple, makes a lot of sense. He proposes using battery power to cool or heat the driver’s cabin instead of keeping the engine running as currently practised by the transport industry. This translates into potential savings of 1 billion gallons of fuel a year! Emerging green technologies include bio-fuels through humble medium such as algae which can reap 60 times more energy than corn-based fuel – very encouraging news indeed! In addition, geo-thermal energy can also be a significant player in the green revolution. Sad to say, today, about one-fifth of earth’s carbon emission comes from deforestation. Even if we stop all carbon emission today, global warming will continue apace… why? Because we have already placed too much of it in the atmosphere! A must-watch for all those who need a lesson in saving the earth! Reviewed by Peter Chan

Title: Howstuffworks: Food & Beverage Publisher & Published Year: [S.l.]: Discovery Channel, [200-?] Call No.: AV English 641.3002 FOO

This insightful DVD reveals amazing information about some of the simple food around us that we take for granted. In this particular DVD, information on corn, wheat, salt, beer and coffee is shared. Despite covering only 5 common food and beverages around us, viewers may still be taken aback by the wonders of these seemingly ordinary food and beverages. For example, do you know that only 1% of the world’s corn harvest is edible? Or that water is able to cut through steel? This DVD even unveils the generally unknown fact that salt may be able to power our vehicles in the future. If you are intrigued by some of the snippets revealed, you are bound to be astounded by the rest of the information shared. Reviewed by Kavita Ilangovan

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Title: More Time for You: A Powerful System to Organize Your Work and Get Things Done Authors: Rosemary Tator, Alesia Latson Publisher: American Management Association, 2011 • • •

“So much to do, so little time.” “My schedule is totally jam-packed and there is no time for a getaway.” “I’m overwhelmed by emails and swamped with work…”

Do any of these expressions sound familiar to you? Get practical advice and decluttering tips from this ebook which sheds light on how you can create time to prioritise tasks effectively and efficiently. Do away with procrastination and minimize multitasking as these so-called coping strategies dilute concentration of tasks and offset productivity. Follow these steps: Be clear about what really matters, create a summary accomplishment for each goal and share them with others thereby creating opportunities for more ideas and resources to further refine your desired outcomes. The ebook also includes sections on using tools like Microsoft Outlook in managing the onslaught of online information and emails in our digital media age. Peppered with motivational quotes such as “Live a good life... And in the end, it’s not the years in the life, it’s the life in the years”, this ebook reflects on charting the pace, complexity and magnitude of demands on our time to achieve a fulfilling life, both personally and professionally. The ebook is available at: eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) via NLB eResources http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg Reviewed by Sharon Ong

Title: The Snow Child Author: Eowyn Ivey

Publisher & Published Year: London: Headline Review, 2012. Call No.: English IVE The Snow Child is the debut novel by Eowyn Ivey. Set in Alaska during the 1920s, the book follows Jack and Mabel. Having recently arrived in Alaska, the childless couple are facing problems adjusting to the difficult and harsh environment. Although raised on a farm, Jack is breaking under the weight of toiling the hard and frozen soil. Mabel, on the other hand, is close to despair from the loneliness of the wilderness. Through these difficulties and the constant reminder of the miscarriage that Mabel suffered previously, the couple’s relationship starts to crumble. Just before the estranged couple decide to leave Alaska, they build a snow child outside their house. The next day, the snow child is gone. But the couple catch a glimpse of a young, blonde-haired girl playing near the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina is skittish about Jack and Mabel initially. But after a few encounters, she starts to trust Jack and Mabel, and in return the couple come to love her as their daughter. The relationship, however, appears to be as fragile as the snowflakes that fall on them. Faina seems to come from the pages of a fairy tale. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. This relationship is tested when Jack and Mabel grow closer to their neighbours, the spunky household of Ester and George. The novel is beautifully written. Inspired by the Russian fairytale “The Snow Maiden”, this book is a skilful blend of the realities of life and the magic of fairytales. What is equally enthralling about this book is Ivey’s language. Using a writing style that is crisp, clean, simple and beautiful, there is little doubt that the reader will not only be absorbed into the story but feel the weight of the axe Jack wields, the silence of the cabin as Mabel cleans the dishes, the footsteps Faina makes as she skips in the snow, and the majestic view of the snow-capped mountains of the last frontier. In the end, Ivey is able to craft an enchanting tale about hard work, survival, anticipation, life and fantasy. Reviewed by Lim Tin Seng JUly 2013 // golibrary.nlb.gov.sg


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Title: Threadless: Ten Years of T-shirts from the World’s Most Inspiring Online Design Community Author: Jake Nickell Publisher & Published Year: New York: Abrams Image, 2010 Call No.: English 746.92 NIC -[ART]

Threadless is an incredible community-sharing initiative that has taken the world by storm. It is more than just a t-shirt store – each design is submitted and voted by fellow community members, with the most supported ones getting printed. It is a platform where anyone can showcase their talent and unleash their creativity. There are more than a million Threadless members and this book celebrates a decade of original designs created by the community for the community. Apart from the diverse range of t-shirt designs, readers can enjoy snippets of ‘true-life stories’ from the respective designers. Ever dreamt of having your artwork printed? Threadless is an inspiring read for all would-be artists and proves that there is no limit to imagination. Reviewed by Averil Tan

Title: Sampans, Banyans and Rambutans: A Childhood in Singapore and Malaya Author: Derek Tait Publisher & Published Year: Stroud: Amberley, 2011 Call No.: SING ENGLISH 959.5704092 TAI

The unmistakable Ovaltine advertisements, the aroma of street stall hawkers selling piping hot noodles in bowls, hardworking amahs and the unforgettable Tiger Balm Gardens… In this book, Derek Tait, an Englishman, brings us back to his childhood days growing up in Singapore in the 1960s as the son of a naval officer. His wonderful personal anecdotes bring us to places such as Collyer Quay, Bugis Street and North Bridge Road, where the photographs tell us stories of life back then. His book evokes many nostalgic memories of sights, sounds and smells that many will cherish until today. This is a must read for anyone who wishes to turn back time and immerse themselves into an era of Singapore not to be forgotten. Reviewed by Zulkifli Amin

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A public library film collection created as part of our informational and cultural outreach initiative. DVD collection consists of blockbusters, children movies, family edutainment and world cinema classics. Collections will be clearly labeled with its corresponding ratings sticker for ratings Parental Guidance (PG) and below. The collection breakdown by genre: • 30% drama (e.g. Kathryn Stockett’ The Help, Life of Pi, Pride and Prejudice); • 25% comedy and romance (e.g. Men in Black Trilogy, and Midnight in Paris); • 15% science fiction, musicals, and crime (e.g. Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hunger Games, The Avengers, and The Dark Knight Trilogy); • 30% animation, western, war, documentaries (e.g. Wreck It Ralph, Ah Boys to Men, Castle Transylvania, and Jiro: Dreams of Sushi). Movies @ Libraries will be available at 13 public libraries, namely, • Ang Mo Kio Public Library

• Queenstown Public Library

• Bedok Public Library

• Tampines Regional Library

• Bishan Public Library

• Toa Payoh Public Library

• Bukit Merah Public Library

• Woodlands Regional Library

• Central Public Library • Geylang East Public Library • Jurong Regional Library • Jurong West Public Library • Marine Parade Public Library


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Registration is required. Please register at eKiosks available at all libraries or http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg/ programme/Arts.aspx.

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Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at Campaign City: Life in Posters in these tours led by the exhibition’s curator and artists. Learn more about the history of national campaigns in Singapore and hear from the artists as they share on their inspiration and creative process.

Wu Teh Yao Memorial Lecture and Book Launch of “The Story of the Stones” 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm The Pod, Level 16, National Library Building

This talk outlines the discoveries that the authors of Chinese Epigraphy of Singapore: 1819 –1911 (Kenneth Dean and Hue Guan Thye, Singapore: NUS Press, 2013) had made while collecting, editing and translating the inscriptions found in Chinese temples, native-place associations, clan halls, and other institutions of early Singapore. Many of these inscriptions feature magnificent calligraphy and provide an invaluable record of Singapore’s past. These inscriptions reveal a diverse, but incredibly innovative and highly determined set of communities, working to flourish far from their original homeland. The more recent inscriptions show how multiple networks were established across dialect groups within Singapore and with other regions across Southeast Asia. These sources provide another way to tell a vital part of the story of Singapore. This programme is organised by the Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore.

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Campaign City: Life In Posters Lee Kong Chian Reference Library, Level 11, National Library Building

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. 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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125 Years of Progress and Transformation at Straits Trading Promenade, Level 9, National Library Building

The Straits Trading Company Limited (STC) is one of the oldest public-listed companies in Singapore, founded in 1887, when Singapore was part of the Straits Settlements, under British Colonial rule. Founded on tin mining and smelting industries, the company was a major economic contributor to the growth and prosperity of Singapore in the early 19th century. This exhibition showcases the illustrious history of STC and provides a glimpse into the heritage and transformation of one of Singapore’s most iconic companies, whose growth and evolution are closely intertwined with the development and rise of modern Singapore.

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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 p. 43 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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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.

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

“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.

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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.


Resources in Genealogy Research Have you ever thought about where your ancestors originated, when and how they arrived in Singapore, who they married, the number of children they had, where they stayed and what they did for a living? Or have you wished to trace your family tree but don’t know where to start? For the beginner, tracing one’s ancestors can be daunting, but with a little hard work and some basic guides on family history research, anyone can embark on this rewarding journey. The Lee Kong Chian Reference Library (LKCRL) has the resources to help you on this journey, particularly the resources where you can find vital information such as names, dates and places. For example, if you are of Eurasian descent, the LKCRL has guides that discuss the origins of the Singapore-Eurasians, the plight of the Eurasian community during the Japanese Occupation and many more. Jiapu (Family genealogy) is a type of pictorial publication that records the history and activities of a Chinese clan. It is one of the three major types of records that documents the history of the Chinese, with the other two being official history records and local gazetteers. The Lee Kong Chian Reference Library has a collection of jiapu, which are mostly private publications (non-purchasable in the commercial market) acquired through public donations. In our Chinese genealogy resource guide, you can find a selective listing of the jiapu, local gazetteers and biographies available in the library that are useful in searching family roots. In addition, the library also collects bibliographies of jiapu collections published by other major libraries in China. This guide also provides selected titles that provide a historical overview of the Chinese society in Singapore.   For more information on our Genealogy resources guides, please visit: Eurasians: A Resource Guide http://libguides.nl.sg/eurasians 家谱与族谱 Genealogy Research Resources http://libguides.nl.sg/chinese-genealogy Title: 四千年家谱 Publisher: [s.n] Call Number: RSING 929.2 SQN

Title: 新加坡潮州沈氏联合会宗亲族 谱专辑 Publisher: 新加坡潮州沈氏联合会, 2009 [Singapore Teochew Sim Clan Association]

Title: 海南鲤跳陈氏族谱 Publisher: 鲤跳陈氏宗祠, 2003 Call Number: RSING q929.20951 HNL

Call Number: RSING 929.1072095957 XJP

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Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definition of your life; define yourself. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Harvey Fierstein

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) BBPL Bukit Batok Public Library 1 Bukit Batok Central Link West Mall #03-01, S(658713) BMPL 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) CTPL Central Public Library 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) CMPL Clementi Public Library 3155 Commonwealth Avenue West #05-13/14/15 The Clementi Mall S(129588) EPPL library@esplanade 8 Raffles Avenue, #03-01, S(039802)

CNPL library@chinatown Chinatown Point, 133 New Bridge Road #04-12 Chinatown Point S(059413) 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) NL Building National Library Building 100 Victoria Street, S(188064) PRPL Pasir Ris Public Library 1 Pasir Ris Central St. 3, White Sands, #04-01/06, S(518457) QUPL 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) SRPL Serangoon Public Library 23 Serangoon Central #04-82/83 NEX (Level 4R) S(556083) TRL Tampines Regional Library 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)

All Rights Reserved. The National Library Board, Singapore disclaims all liability and responsibility for any loss caused to any person by any act or omission due to the material contained herein. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher, the National Library Board, Singapore. Independent advice and opinions expressed by the presenters do not denote endorsement by National Library Board (NLB), its staff associates and affiliates. NLB reserves the right to cancel or postpone any programmes without prior notice. All information is correct at the time of printing. For the latest updates, please visit http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg For enquiries, please call 6332 3255

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Beethoven Record House on Orchard Road This 1982 photograph shows the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beethoven Record Houseâ&#x20AC;?, a shop located along Orchard Road. Orchard Road supposedly got its name from the orchards and plantations that existed in the area until the turn of the 20th century. What are your memories of Orchard Road? Share your memories with us at www.singaporememory.sg!

Photo source: PicturesSG. Visit http://pictures.nl.sg for old images of Singapore!

ISSN 1793-5431 (Print) ISSN 2010-0027 (Online)

NLB goLibrary July 2013  

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