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I think the local libraries of Singapore do a great job. It took me a while to visit, but now I'm hooked. My local library, Queenstown Community Library, has a wonderful selection of books for both adults and children. It is great to see the library being used by so many people, from students to retirees reading the newspapers. There is even a cafe attached which sells decent sandwiches and drinks.

I find it very relaxing browsing in the library, and exciting when I come across a book that I can't wait to read! I browse through the parenting, cooking, craft, business, and travel books sections and always find something worthwhile.

The libraries also encourage community learning by holding special events from time to time. For instance, at Queenstown library you can learn about the history and origins of the Chinese classical instrument erhu on Friday Feb 12, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, or retrace Singapore’s arduous water journey in a photo exhibition depicting the Water Heritage of Singapore at the Woodlands Regional Library (until 10 Feb).

For the kids there are fun activities such as learning how to make playdough and what shapes and creatures to make with it , or the Fun with Tots session where library staff will share books suitable for toddlers and introduce rhymes for you to do with your toddlers at home. Both of these workshops are held at the Marina Parade Library.

And of course there are storytelling sessions in both Chinese and English, which are always a hit with the little ones (one of my favourite childhood memories).

You can find out about all the activities as well as when the storytelling happens at your library, at the GoLibrary page of the NLB website. For a listing of all the children's activities, look under bounce. Encourage your kids to find the magic of books and they will always know a life of adventure and imagination :)

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