Here's How You Can Foster Love For Reading In Your Kids During The Circuit Breaker Period

Here's How You Can Foster Love For Reading In Your Kids During The Circuit Breaker Period

Various storytelling activities by the libraries will be in session after the circuit-breaker measures are lifted.

The NLB cultivates knowledge and learning by supporting reading and history through its 25 public libraries, National Archives and the National Library. Its innovative ways of engaging citizens through the digital platform has created better access to learning resources. To initiate early reading habits, NLB is focussing on kids of all ages. By organising storytelling for toddlers, Singapore aims at introducing learning habits quite early.

Storytelling for Toddlers Singapore

NLB’s ‘Storytelling for Toddlers Singapore’ programme is aimed at fostering early literacy skills in young children. Photo: iStock

With Storytelling for Toddlers, Singapore Wants Better Readers

Online Storytelling for Kids 

 

Storytelling for Toddlers Singapore'

The programmes and workshops encourage parents to bring very young kids to the library. Photo: iStock

 

NLB is offering weekly storytelling sessions in English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil for kids up to the age of 10.

Language Frequency Topics and Age Range
English Monday to Friday
at 6:30pm.
Stories suitable for children
aged 4 to 10
Chinese Every Monday and Friday at
7.30pm
Stories suitable for children
aged 4 to 8
Malay Every Tuesday (8pm) and
Saturday (11.30am)
Stories suitable for children
aged 4 to 8
Tamil Every Monday, Wednesday and
Friday at 7pm
Stories suitable for children
aged 4 to 8

The sessions will be around 5 to 15 minutes long and will be hosted by librarians, volunteers and local authors.

These storytelling sessions are pre-recorded and available on the respective Facebook pages. This will go on beyond the circuit breaker period and we will review the frequency of the online storytelling sessions after the libraries reopen.

Storytelling For Toddlers and Older Kids: What Does NLB Offer During The Circuit Breaker Period? 

Here's How You Can Foster Love For Reading In Your Kids During The Circuit Breaker Period

NLB has arranged for some of their services to be available online. Photo: iStock

Utilising technology to keep providing their services to the public despite closing down its spaces physically, Singaporeans can make use of the following online services made available to them by the NLB during this period:

  • NLB mobile app
    The new QRcode login set to be implemented by the end of April will make login easy without having to type in IDs and passwords.

    The HyRead mobile app has more than 1000 Chinese eBooks, comics and magazines to read from.

    The Libby app has a new ‘Skip the line’ initiative to read and return eBooks within 7 days instead of the usual 21 days. This makes eBook circulation faster.

    The ebooks available online are just a click away and range from evergreen classics to popular teen-fiction, thereby appealing to all ages and interests. 

  • NLB on Facebook
    Librarians, authors, and volunteers have arranged for online storytelling sessions for toddlers in English, Chinese, Malay, and Tamil, to be posted regularly online. These pre-recorded sessions are posted on their Facebook page. 

    Further talks, programmes and various online reading clubs have also been organised for Singaporeans of all ages in all 4 languages, in order to enable the public to connect and socialise over reading.

 

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