All Reading Flows into the Ocean of Knowledge (Part 1)
By Ruth Cao
According to Singapore’s Department of Statistics, Tampines is the third largest residential township behind Bedok and Jurong West, and is home to more than 250,000 residents. The new Tampines Regional Library that re-opened on 5 August 2017 at Our Tampines Hub is Singapore’s largest public library. With a collection of more than 400,000 titles in a floor space of more than 130,000 square feet, the five-storey library offers seating for more than 900 visitors. Adopting an open concept design, there are many subtle design features that make searching and reading books a unique experience. The public activity area is designed to attract readers of all ages to step into the world of books and engage the books in search of knowledge and dreams.
The new Tampines Regional Library’s opening holds an important and far-reaching significance for Chou Sing Chu Foundation (CSCF). About 80% of the titles in the Chinese children’s books section were donated by CSCF. This donation, the largest since CSCF was founded in 2004, is also the most direct action to support CSCF’s objective to promote Chinese culture, education and language.
For the National Library Board (NLB), the partnership with CSCF is a major breakthrough for the reading public, accomplished through a large-scale collaboration with a civil organisation.
A Garden of Children’s Books
CSCF took on this project of donating Chinese children’s books to the Tampines Regional Library with great enthusiasm. The initial donation of 32,000 Chinese children’s books to the new library at its opening will be joined by 4,800 new titles every year for the next five years, bringing the total number to 56,000 titles. Housed in the colourful and brightly lit environment on the second and third floors, the children’s books collection section showcases the new donated books from CSCF on bookshelves that are specially designed for children. This garden of children’s books is now open.
Every book donated is the result of a comprehensive process that includes selection, procurement and cataloguing by CSCF and Popular Holdings’ subsidiary, Novum Organum Publishing House (“Novum”). As such, CSCF and Novum have also provided NLB with a complete list of the donated books that will make future procurement for their children’s books collection much easier. After almost four years of painstaking work and a significant capital outlay, every book represents CSCF’s commitment to promote reading among children. As this was the first time that NLB had received such a massive donation, teams from both sides worked together closely to turn the plan into reality. With the successful delivery of the initial batch of children’s books, Novum’s crucial contribution cannot be overemphasised.
(Translated by Shawn Pang)
Please look out for All Reading Flows into the Ocean of Knowledge (Part 2)