National Reading Day at the Marine Parade Library

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All ready for heritage stories and traditional games

It was Singapore’s first ever National Reading Day last Saturday (30 July) and we were thrilled to be part of the Marine Parade Library’s (MPPL) activities that afternoon. It was held at the library’s beautiful activities room on the children’s floor. We had a great time with our audience of almost 30 enthusiastic children who couldn’t stop asking about our country’s past, from who Raffles was to World War II and some even asked about the atomic bomb that finally ended the war. It’s always delightful to see children so interested in our past, and to know that their parents have obviously told them tales about it.

After the storytelling, little kids need to expend some youthful energy. So we thought it was very apt to try out some heritage games that most Singaporeans would have played decades ago at school….and for the children to have a feel of the games illustrated in the schoolyard scene in The Little Singapore Book. They tried their hand at five stones, and zero point (with some modifications to the original game). We are so grateful to the librarians at MPPL who were such gems in leading the way for this part of our programme! Thanks for giving us the opportunity to be part of the library’s activities, to parents for bringing their kids over to join us, and our little happy audience too. Hope you all enjoyed it.

Here are some pictures from our storytelling session..

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Waiting for the story to start

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Every child got a ‘Little Singapore Book’ activity book to bring home.

 

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