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Nov-24-08

If I Could Live in the Library…

posted by constance

Last Friday, I brought my girls to the library in Choa Chu Kang. The library there had been closed for renovation and the Friday was when it was going to be reopened and is about 30% bigger than the previous one. It is still in the same location, in Lot One Shopping Mall but moved to one floor higher. Since it was the school holidays and I don’t think I can ever buy all the collections of Tiara Club story books, I brought the girls to borrow the ones there.

I was totally impressed with the new library. It was so big and there was so much books. I had always thought that libraries at Orchard or National Library had the most collection but apparently this one is very very impressive. There were more sitting areas, sofa seats, proper tables and chairs, lots of OPAC stations (for searching of titles) and also lots of multimedia stations. The magazine area is to die for!

The novels shelvings got me excited (all the Sidney Sheldons so welcoming) and the books where the cookbooks are made my heart beat so fast I had to breathe harder! Yes! Yes! it was wonderful just so wonderful! I could live in this library with my laptop only coming out for food and loo if I had no kids! The power points were all there so no need to worry about your battery dying out. One could surf and chat privately on your own msn of course.

Well, the kids actually had the best time too. The children’s area was amazing. There were so many books, story books for all kids’ ages. There was also an area where you can go to for reading out loud in the farthest corner so as not to disturb readers who like peace and quiet. The activity/story book room looked set for holiday activities for kids.

What is wonderful is that many of the books here are brand new! I saw many people carrying as many as 8 books/novels and they are all in ‘OH SO NEW’ mint condition. Since it is the school holidays, we can borrow double the amount of books. My girl borrowed 10 Tiara Club story books, Lea borrowed 4 for nursery level and I got 2 cookery books. Altogether we have 16 books, using just two library cards. I am just delirious!

I wanted to take pictures but not allowed to. But if you are in Singapore anytime, do visit our libraries. They are really great! There’s one in every estate.

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  1. Snow Said,

    Wow, your little girl surely love reading books! I just hope my son will grown up like your daughter! πŸ™‚

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  2. Dora Said,

    It’s great for the easy access to libraries πŸ™‚

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  3. lil prince's mum Said,

    Library is a great place to cultivate reading habits for kiddos!~

    lil prince’s mum’s last blog post..Shopaholic!

  4. lil prince's mum Said,

    Colourful books!~

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  5. lil prince's mum Said,

    Not easy to find brand new books in library~~~

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  6. lil prince's mum Said,

    How long is holidays?

    lil prince’s mum’s last blog post..Shopaholic!

  7. constance Said,

    holidays are until Jan after New Year’s Day… wooo hooo…

  8. mummy gwen Said,

    Ohh…I don’t like going to the library..hehe..too quiet for me. That was long time ago.

    mummy gwen’s last blog post..29 Months Old

  9. mummy gwen Said,

    Maybe my preception will change after I’ve got the chance to visit the libraries you’ve mentioned. πŸ˜‰

    mummy gwen’s last blog post..29 Months Old

  10. mummy gwen Said,

    Wow..so many nice books and brand new some more.

    mummy gwen’s last blog post..29 Months Old

  11. mummy gwen Said,

    Saves alot if get to borrow books from the libraries.

    mummy gwen’s last blog post..29 Months Old

  12. Tammy Said,

    My kids love going to the library as well.

  13. Dora Said,

    Are those 10 Tiara Club story books based on fairies? πŸ™‚

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  14. Dora Said,

    Kids love reading at young age is very good!

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  15. Ryan mami Said,

    It’s good to encourage kids spending time at the library.

  16. Ryan mami Said,

    But then, for me, I don’t really like to go to the library… I would fall asleep! Too quiet already πŸ˜›

  17. Ryan mami Said,

    Great to hear that your girls love to read πŸ™‚

  18. Dora Said,

    All those books look new & in very good condition just like the one selling in MPH!

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  19. lil prince's mum Said,

    During studies time, my friends love to study in library… But not me…

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  20. lil prince's mum Said,

    I need some noise to study, dunno y.. hahahah~~

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  21. lil prince's mum Said,

    Maybe like mummy Gwen, my preception will change after got chance to visit this library u mentioned?

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  22. lil prince's mum Said,

    Too bad I’ve never been there b4, Yet…

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  23. Ryan mami Said,

    How I wish the libraries here have such a nice ambiance and new books!!

  24. Ryan mami Said,

    Ohh… it’s been ages I’ve not been to our public libraries!

  25. Ryan mami Said,

    Perhaps one day I should bring my Ryan to the kid’s library…

  26. Ryan mami Said,

    But I doubt it would be as nice as Singapore’s!!

  27. lil prince's mum Said,

    It’s been ages I’ve not been to ANY libraries as well.. hehe~

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  28. Ryan mami Said,

    Does Singapore have the ‘mobile library’ @ a van library moving places to places?

  29. Ryan mami Said,

    I’ve seen few time of this type of library here but never go in to have a look!! πŸ˜›

  30. Ryan mami Said,

    How many books allowed to be borrowed by one person/one card??

  31. Ryan mami Said,

    I remembered we could only borrow 2-3 books per card from the public library…err, the very last time I went to library in schooling years… hahah

  32. lil prince's mum Said,

    Got mobile library? I never noticed.. hehe~~

    lil prince’s mum’s last blog post..Being My Mum…

  33. lil prince's mum Said,

    Got mobile library? Never noticed…

    lil prince’s mum’s last blog post..Being My Mum…

  34. Angeleyes Said,

    I used to borrow books to the limit too and I especially like those magazines they have!
    I used to live across Tao Payoh library and I go there like every other day!

  35. Ryan mami Said,

    Yes, we have such libraries… but rarely seen it.

  36. Ryan mami Said,

    The mobile libraries meant for rural areas…

  37. Ryan mami Said,

    Out of the city/town… like kampung or taman.

  38. Ryan mami Said,

    Constance, what’s the borrowing period?

  39. Ryan mami Said,

    Ooops… what I meant after how many days need the books need to be returned?

  40. Ryan mami Said,

    Any fines for late return of the books?? πŸ˜›

  41. mummy gwen Said,

    Wah…they let you borrow double the amount for school holidays.

    mummy gwen’s last blog post..29 Months Old

  42. mummy gwen Said,

    Means 1 card can borrow 4 books. That’s a lot.

    mummy gwen’s last blog post..29 Months Old

  43. Ryan mami Said,

    Ohh… 4 books for card is really good! I wonder our public libraries allow how many books per card… hmm.

  44. mummy moon Said,

    So long time I didn’t go library.. and my Yan Yan also not visit any library before… πŸ™

    mummy moon’s last blog post..Heng Heng at 10 months old

  45. mummy moon Said,

    Wohh, new renovation, all ranges of books …it must be the perfect place for reading

    mummy moon’s last blog post..Heng Heng at 10 months old

  46. mummy moon Said,

    What is the Tiara club story books about? Can see from the books covers those pretty dress up girls!

    mummy moon’s last blog post..Heng Heng at 10 months old

  47. mummy moon Said,

    Normally we are not allow to take pics in the library… but can see the books you borrow are quite new…

    mummy moon’s last blog post..Heng Heng at 10 months old

  48. mummy moon Said,

    Reading is a good habit.. it is good that your girl likes to read…

    mummy moon’s last blog post..Heng Heng at 10 months old

  49. mummy moon Said,

    How come you can have 2 library card??

    mummy moon’s last blog post..Heng Heng at 10 months old

  50. mummy moon Said,

    Wahh, is good leh, can borrow double of the books during school holidays.. Kids will not waste their time….

    mummy moon’s last blog post..Heng Heng at 10 months old

  51. mummy moon Said,

    Kids can spend their holidays read more books…

    mummy moon’s last blog post..Heng Heng at 10 months old

  52. mummy moon Said,

    What is the duration is the library giving to return these books you borrow?

    mummy moon’s last blog post..Heng Heng at 10 months old

  53. constance Said,

    I can’t remember how long is the borrowing period but about 2 to 3 weeks i think.. but if cannot finish can apply to lengthen from internet one. a library card can borrow 4 books or 8 books during school hol). my daughter uses her student card and i use my own ic so both of us can borrow 16 between two of us now that its holiday period. i wanted to apply for my 4 yr old but always forget to bring her birth cert. if 3 of us means 24 books this holiday period..wah shiokness!

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  54. mummy gwen Said,

    Wah..really shiok oh if you borrowed up to 24 books..yeehaa..

    mummy gwen’s last blog post..29 Months Old

  55. mummy moon Said,

    Wahh, 4 yr old kid also can apply, no bad wohh…

    mummy moon’s last blog post..Heng Heng at 10 months old

  56. mummy gwen Said,

    Next time dont forget to bring Lea’s birth cert. πŸ˜‰

    mummy gwen’s last blog post..29 Months Old

  57. mummy moon Said,

    I think you can save a lot on buying books after visit the library… Do go there more often, hihi…

    mummy moon’s last blog post..Heng Heng at 10 months old

  58. mummy moon Said,

    I think my Yan Yan will love visit to the library as she always wants me to tell story to her…

    mummy moon’s last blog post..Our 3 days trip ( Day 3 )

  59. mummy moon Said,

    Can online apply lengthen the period of borrow books, is good, no need go there wohh!

    mummy moon’s last blog post..Our 3 days trip ( Day 3 )

  60. mummy moon Said,

    I actually only tell story to her during bedtime only.

    mummy moon’s last blog post..Our 3 days trip ( Day 3 )

  61. mummy moon Said,

    Hope you guys enjoy reading the books that borrow! Good night! πŸ™‚

    mummy moon’s last blog post..Our 3 days trip ( Day 3 )

  62. lil prince's mum Said,

    Online apply? this is a great service!~

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  63. lil prince's mum Said,

    Mummy Moon, my boy prefer I sing song than tell story… Mayb my story not interesting enough.. haha!~

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  64. lil prince's mum Said,

    Can borrow for 2-3 weeks? that’s great.. enough time to finish all the books’ content!~

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  65. lil prince's mum Said,

    If not enough time can online renew.. hmm..

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  66. KittyCat Said,

    Wow…the library certainly sounds fantastic!!! We’re so holed up here from a dearth of English books I was so happy I found some FREE children’s books online πŸ™‚

  67. mummy gwen Said,

    Gwen loves reading. When she sees MPH bookstore, she would go towards the shop..haha

    mummy gwen’s last blog post..Alphabet Tag

  68. mummy gwen Said,

    If I bring her to this type of library, sure she will go crazy seeing so many books.

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  69. lil prince's mum Said,

    My boy oso loves to go MPH.. haha~

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  70. lil prince's mum Said,

    Never bring him to library b4, yet~~

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  71. Ryan mami Said,

    24 books?? Wow… that’s really alot!!

  72. Ryan mami Said,

    My Ryan also loves flipping his books every morning and also at night b4 bed time.

  73. Ryan mami Said,

    Usually I let him flip the books on his own. If I interrupt by trying to read to him… he would change to other books or play with his toys… sigh.

  74. mummy moon Said,

    Since school holidays have started, then it must be crowded with a lot parents and their kids…

    mummy moon’s last blog post..Our 3 days trip ( Day 3 )

  75. mummy moon Said,

    Yan yan only went to MPH before…

    mummy moon’s last blog post..Our 3 days trip ( Day 3 )

  76. Serene Said,

    I so envy those mummy and kids staying in SIngapore. Even neighbourhood library is so well and have lotsa of books! Here at Malaysia, i think only the National Library at KL can make it a little bit. Hardly find a good library other than that.

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  77. mummy gwen Said,

    Nowadays, Gwen would bring books and want me to read to her.

    mummy gwen’s last blog post..Christmas Tree

  78. mummy gwen Said,

    Her fav book is Winnie The Pooh that my sis bought for her.

    mummy gwen’s last blog post..Christmas Tree

  79. mummy gwen Said,

    If I don’t read to her she would get angry..haha..sometimes can cry.

    mummy gwen’s last blog post..Christmas Tree

  80. mummy gwen Said,

    Even magazines and house catalogs also want me to read. *sigh*

    mummy gwen’s last blog post..Christmas Tree

  81. mummy moon Said,

    My girl just like rabbit… I mean she like story book with rabbit pic, she only see the pic, still can’t read lahh.

    mummy moon’s last blog post..Alphabet Tag

  82. mummy moon Said,

    So she just like the rabbit and tortoise story…

    mummy moon’s last blog post..Alphabet Tag

  83. mummy moon Said,

    But she just don’t know how to take care the story books that I bought to her… She tears the pages…

    mummy moon’s last blog post..Alphabet Tag

  84. mummy moon Said,

    I don’t think I want to borrow books fro library at this moment…

    mummy moon’s last blog post..Alphabet Tag

  85. mummy gwen Said,

    Gwen don’t tear the pages but when she accidently flipped too hard and tore the page, she would be very upset and cry..haha. After I stick it back again she will be happy camper. *slap forehead*

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  86. constance Said,

    mummy gwen, its good that she shows interest in stories so that when she can read it will help a lot

  87. constance Said,

    serene, welcome to my blog! yes Sg’s library are just great, i have to admit.

  88. mummy gwen Said,

    Constance, Yes I’m really glad that she has interests in books. πŸ™‚

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