Saturday, November 22, 2014

Library Hop # 5 :- Let's hop to Library @ Orchard

Library@orchard reopened!  We went for a short visit recently.

Library@orchard, is originally situated in Ngee Ann City on 21 October 1999, a shopping mall within the famous Orchard Road shopping belt, designed to cater to the needs of young adults. It was closed on 30 November 2007. It re-located and finally open on 23 October 2014 at 277 Orchard Road, #03-12 / #04-11 Orchard Gateway. It is the first 2- storey public library to be situated in a shopping mall.

The library carries the largest collection on design and applied arts. The upper level is cosy with various personal spaces to enjoy reading while the lower level carries the biggest magazine collection in a public library. In fact, it is a magazine wall. These magazines are hot items, we peeped in several of them. The popular ones, like National Geographic, are empty. The library houses quite a number of Chinese magazines. The videos are available on the lower level too. These are unique collections of animation. The book collection is great, there are even ladders to access books on higher shelves. A pity that they do not have a dedicated collection for children.

This is also the first public library in Singapore to allow users to self-collect books they have reserved even beyond the opening hours. However, users have to collect them within the mall's opening hours.
You can check items out and exit at both levels.

entrance at level 4 

history of Orchard Road

magazine wall at level 3. We love its neat look. The disadvantage is you do not know whether any magazines is available until you open the drawer.

High rolling track ladders to access to higher shelves
This shelf for storing DVD is quite unique and pleasant. A chic design.

You can test play the DVDs before borrowing
On the upper level, there are secluded spaces (cocoons) for people who wants to do their readings. There are 5 cocoons in the library but Little One only managed to find 2.

Reading space
Despite the lack of children books here, Little One still finds joy in locating the above cocoons. She thinks they are good hide and seek spot. 

Children book recommendations for pre-schoolers.

Reason for choosing the books:
Little One chose this series of books herself. She likes the cute illustrations. The books are filled with pictures and easy to read. This set of books are written by local author, Anna Phang, illustrated by Debbi P.

1) I want a puppy too!
This is a good book to tell children that taking care of pets is not a simple task. Great responsibilities is required from the owner. It is not simply just having fun with the pet. Little One used to ask for pets. After reading this, it dawn on her that taking care of pets is not easy task.

2) I Don't want to wash my hands!
Unhygienic Chicken Cha Cha does not like to wash his hands until he was hit by some serious germs that made him really sick. This book is good to teach children that personal hygiene is important.

3) I have Constipation!
Chicken Cha Cha is having constipation! The book offers great ideas for children to resolve the problem.

And do you know, this set is one of Winner of the Silver Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards 2014 under the Best Book Series -Picture Book? Little One loves this series a lot and she talks to me excitedly that she wants to read them again when she saw me writing this blog. Her reason: she finds the story humorous and the illustration cute. The best part? She still remembers the moral of the stories.

Tips for nurturing good readers
-Allow your child to pick his or her own book. He/She would be interested to listen to the story especially if it is something he/she had chosen. If the chosen story is too wordy and you do not have the time to read and summaries to the child, just explain that the book is too difficult for his/her level. If the child insist on having the wordy book, what you can do is a story telling from looking at illustrations.

How do you nurture good readers? Do you have tips to share?



277 Orchard Road
#03-12 / #04-11 Orchard Gateway
Singapore 238858

How to get there

Nearest MRT: Somerset
Buses: 7, 14, 14e, 16, 65, 106, 111, 123, 143, 175, 502, 502a, 587, 590, 598

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