If your pint-sized bibliophiles would rather get their noses stuck in the pages of a picture book than run riot at an outdoor playground, take your little bookworms out for a day at the library. Most public libraries in Singapore come complete with a dedicated children's section filled with books, interactive features and even DIY crafts for the curious tots, tykes and tweens. There are also storytelling sessions where families are welcome to sit in. Here are the best libraries waiting for your family's arrival.
Home to the world's first green library for children My Tree House, this library boasts a large collection of fiction titles. As it says on the tin, the space is also decked with a treehouse where kids can climb and cosy up with a book. With over 45,000 children's books, interactive e-reading kiosks, storytelling sessions, your little bookworm will be spoilt for choice.
After its relocation, the library re-opened at Our Tampines Hub in 2017. Its brand new digs boast an extensive collection of reading, visual and audio materials for users of all ages including the kiddos. The children's collection spreads across two floors with all sorts of colourful hardcovers filling the low-level shelves. There are also plenty of cosy corners for the kids to get stuck in the pages. Let imaginations further soar at its indoor playground designed for tiny tots, tykes and tweenies.
With huge windows that overlook Sentosa, the spectacular waterfront views at the reading lounge in Library@Harbourfront would make anyone feel like they're reading by the beach. It's dedicated Children's Zone offers a multitude of colourful hardcovers and digital books. Let the junior readers on their lightbulbs with fun activities at the Tumblebook stations or the Stories Come Alive room. Otherwise, they can get their little hands on DIY learning materials, crafts and puzzles at the Tinker Truck.
The first and still the largest regional library, the Woodlands Regional Library is located within a stone’s throw of Woodlands MRT Station. The interactive library is nature-themed and has a special focus on children with its own features-galore Reading Park. Broaden the kids' minds with the Asian Children's Literature Collection which includes children's literature and rare titles from all around Asia, with some published as early as the 1900s.
The first library to be built on reclaimed land, the book repository is the only one in the city with a mezzanine level. Here you can shelves of Young People titles and graphic novels, as well as cosy seating to get stuck in. Children are free to read, learn and roam at its dedicated kids' section on the second level. Its Programme Zone also hosts exciting programmes including storytelling sessions for families.