Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Library Hop #2 - Let's Hop to Choa Chu Kang Public Library

Let's hop to Choa Chu Kang Public Library!

This library is the biggest Mall Library you can find in the whole of Singapore! Situated in Lot 1 Shoppers' Mall, it occupied an area of 2,394 square meters. Why not plan your library trip together with your shopping trip? Hey! That is the library mall's objective!

Children's session

Metallic tree to display artwork.

This was one library I used to hop after work during my pre-marriage days.The library was initially located at Level 3 of Lot 1 , officially opened on 22 February 2014. It covered a floor area of 1,477 square metre then.The library was the first to install self check machine for borrowing and returning books. Now the library is re-located to Level 4 of the same shopping mall on 21 November 2008. Having a library in the shopping mall, one can easily plan spending half a day in the mall. Check out the wet and dry playground located just above the food court!

These shelves from from the Orchard Library
Talk Zone: The only library I've been to that has this feature

Choa Chu Kang Public Library is the second Mall Library in operation. The first Mall Library is Jurong West Community library (now known as Jurong West Public library and has been relocated to a standalone building). Mall libraries are located in shopping malls and are opened to bring libraries closer to the public. Also, it is faster to build Mall Libraries than Standalone Libraries. So far, these Malls Libraries have been very successful in attracting shoppers into the library. I admit I am one of them. I have a Standalone Library located within 1 km of my residence and yet I frequent a Mall Library that is more than a kilometre away. It is just so convenient to bring a kid in tow to do shopping and borrow books within the same vicinity.
Books recommendation
Kid Fest is starting in 8 days time, and 3 of Julia Donaldson's books will be played. Hence, I would be blogging on her books.And yes, I would be bringing the little one to watch as well.

"The Gruffalo" and "The Gruffalo's Child"
Synopsis: - Who can really outwit this clever mouse? Not the animals in the forest. Not Gruffalo. Not his child. Read the story to know how the quick- witted mouse escape from being eaten. How he had invented a monster named Gruffalo without knowing that such monster really exist. And when the Gruffalo's child decided that the mouse wasn't exactly as how her Daddy describe to be, how did the clever mouse again avoid being in the stomach of its predator. (Hmm... I still do not have any idea whether the mouse is a male or female.)

The Gruffalo
The Gruffalo's Child

Reason for choosing the books:
Rhyming words! What better way to teach a kid about rhyming words besides stories and nursery rhymes? We also love the descriptive terms used to describe The Gruffalo. We love also to study the trials in the snow in The Gruffalo's Child. We love her Stickman.We even make one ourselves as we read the story.

The third book I am introducing on this blog is my personal favourite.When I first borrowed this, it was because Ah girl is recently very into pirates. Probably due to the Madeline DVD which she had watched earlier last year. Somehow it got her fascinated with pirates.

Credit :- Good Reads

"The Troll"
Synopsis: - This is a parallel story about a troll and pirates. The poor troll who have never tasted goat in his life, wanted to catch and taste goat. He had been eating fish since it was the only thing he could catch. So he decided to try something different by trying to catch a goat. Unfortunately, no goat ever crossed his bridge and every other animal he caught would tell him where to find his goat. At the same time, a crew of pirates could not cook a decent fish meal and hence yearn to dig up a treasure and buy a cook book so as to cook a decent meal. However, even they had a treasure map, they kept landing again and again on the wrong island. Read to discover how this these 2 groups met and how the story unfolds. It would guarantee a laugh in the end!

Reason for choosing the books:
This book is one of the book that Julia Donaldson didn't write in rhymes and yet with an interesting storyline which kept one captivated to the end of the story. Ah girl loves the drawings and have been asking to read over and over again. I particularly like books with wicked sense of humour!



21 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4
#04-01/02 Lot One Shoppers' Mall
Singapore 689812

Bookdrop : 10.00am - 10.00pm

How to get there

Nearest MRT: Choa Chu Kang
Buses: 67, 172, 175, 185, 188, 190, 925, 927, 989


If you have any library to introduce or have any good reads to recommend, kindly join me in the library Hop..

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