Mark your calendars! Enjoy a slew of exciting community reading activities happening across Singapore this July! Look out for the various community spaces which will be transformed into exciting reading venues. Join the myriad of groups who will be coming together to organise activities in a collective celebration of reading. What’s more, on 27 July, we will be transforming Plaza Singapura into a whimsical reading space with exciting games, roving book characters and literary performances.
It’ll be a treat for all ages!
Big Book Giveaway
Join us at the Central Plaza of Our Tampines Hub on 29 June and Plaza Singapura on 27 July, where participants are given 5 minutes to select books of their choice to enrich their reading journey. Big Book Giveaway is held at these following times:
- 29 June 2019, Saturday, from 11.30 am to 5.30pm, Central Plaza @ Our Tampines Hub
- 27 July 2019, Saturday, from 12.00 pm to 7.30 pm, at Plaza Singapura
Islandwide Reading Events
Read! Fest Pop-Ups
Look out for our Read! Fest Pop-Ups! Pick a new read (or two) from a selection of pre-loved books at one of the following locations:
|Compass One Mall||1 – 7 July|
|Heartbeat@Bedok||1 – 25 July|
|Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore||1 – 25 July|
|I12 Katong||1 – 4 July|
|Katong V||6 – 14 July|
|Our Tampines Hub||19 – 25 July|
|RWS S.E.A. Aquarium||6 – 14 July|
|Spinelli Coffee Company (Our Tampines Hub)||1 – 15 July|
|Style NA Hair Korean (Compass One Mall)||15 – 17 July|
|Ya Kun Kaya Toast (Parkway Parade)||15 – 25 July|
|Woodlands Galaxy CC||1 – 25 July|
Feeling peckish or looking for a cuppa? Perhaps a new hairdo while enjoying your read? *Borrow books from our public libraries to enjoy limited-time lifestyle promotions offered by our community partners!
Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore x library@orchard
Date/Time: 22 June – 28 July 2019, Monday – Friday, 1pm – 5pm
Present your physical loan receipt with 2 books borrowed from library@orchard to enjoy a same-day 15% discount on F&B purchases at Lounge@Jen and On The Go! Loan receipt must show a minimum of 2 books borrowed from library@orchard (Level 3, Orchardgateway) on the same day of redemption. Valid for F&B purchases in a single receipt. Only at Lounge@Jen and On The Go, Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore. Other terms and conditions apply.
Ya Kun Kaya Toast (Parkway Parade) x Marina Parade Public Library
Date/Time: 6 and 13 July 2019, 2pm – 5pm
Present your physical loan receipt with 2 books borrowed from Marine Parade Public Library to enjoy a free drink upgrade for every set meal purchase! Valid for same day redemption only. Loan receipt must be dated 6 and 13 July respectively.
Ya Kun Kaya Toast & Beard Papa (Compass One) x Sengkang Public Library
Date/Time: 20 July, 2pm – 5pm
Present your physical loan receipt with 2 books borrowed from Sengkang Public Library to enjoy a free drink upgrade with every set meal purchase at Ya Kun Kaya Toast OR a Free Upgrade to Flavour of the Month at Beard Papa from 2pm to 5pm! Loan receipt must be dated 20 July 2019.
Ya Kun Kaya Toast (Orchard Central) x library@orchard
Date/Time: 27 July 2019, 2pm – 5pm
Present your physical loan receipt with 2 books borrowed from library@orchard to enjoy a free drink upgrade for every set meal purchase! Loan receipt must be dated 27 July 2019.
JasonSally Hairdressers (NEX Mall)
Date: 1 – 31 July 2019
JasonSally Hairdressers @ NEX will provide a discount for customers spotted with a book borrowed from the public libraries. A 20% discount for all services will be given to 1 customer. Customers coming in a group of 3 can enjoy a 25% discount. Promotion is only valid for the month of July 2019.
Beard Papa (Vivocity) x library@harbourfront
Date/Time: 6 and 13 July 2019, 2pm – 5pm
Present your physical loan receipt from library@harbourfront for a Free Upgrade to Flavour of the Month from 2pm to 5pm. Valid for same day redemption only. Loan receipt must be dated 6 and 13 July respectively.
Beard Papa (Bugis Junction) x Central Public Library
Date/Time: 27 July 2019, 2pm – 5pm
Present your physical loan receipt from Central Public Library for a Free Upgrade to Flavour of the Month from 2pm to 5pm. Loan receipt must be dated 27 July 2019.
Baker and Cook
Date/Time: 27 July 2019, 3pm – 4pm or while stock lasts.
Venue/s: All Baker & Cook Singapore stores. Please see www.bakerandcook.biz for locations.
Grab a book and make your way to your nearest Baker & Cook bakery to read whilst surrounded by the aroma of freshly baked bread, cakes and pastries. Tag @bakerandcooksg, #readingnationsg and @readingnationsg into your Instagram or Facebook post about how reading has enriched your life and we will reward you with a complimentary small coffee or tea to enjoy on the spot.
Take your pick from an array of exciting reading activities at these locations and dates!
Read! Fest Goes to Shark Week
Date/Time: 6 – 14 July 2019, 4.30pm – 5pm daily
Venue: Ocean Dome, S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa
Get your feet wet and visit an underwater reading corner to read with the fishes! Snuggle up to casual reads and pick up a book or two in the Ocean Dome! Also learn more about sharks, why they are often misunderstood by us humans and how we can help to protect them! The S.E.A. Aquarium will host a presentation about our powerful apex predators.
Standard admission charges to S.E.A. Aquarium apply.
Seimpi Education Storytelling Experience
Date/Time: 7 July, 1pm – 2pm
Venue: Cheng San Public Library, Activity Room
Surprises aplenty, young readers will be wowed by the many ways storytelling can be made fun and engaging. Coupled with simple handicraft, Seimpi Education aims to use multi-sensory interactions to show how ideas can be delivered effectively through the use of various mediums.
Read! Fest Goes to Safra Jurong
Date/Time: 13 – 28 July, 9am – 9pm
Drop by Safra Jurong from 13 to 28 July and kick-start your reading journey at their pop-up reading corner! This reading corner is set-up in conjunction with Read for Books, a charity book drive where one book will be donated to selected beneficiaries for every 10 people who read for 15 minutes. Re-discover the joy of reading for a good cause! On 27 July, find your next favourite book at the Books 2 Go borrowing booth set up by Jurong West Public Library. Books for all ages will be made available. Like stories? Sit down for storytelling sessions that will be conducted by NLB’s Teen Reading Ambassadors! The borrowing booth and storytelling sessions will be conducted on Saturday, 27 July at these timings:
- Storytelling: 3pm – 3.30pm, 4pm – 4.30pm
- Books 2 Go Borrowing Booth: 1pm – 5pm
Read! Fest Goes to PPIS FSC
Date/Time: 13 July, 10am – 1.30pm
Venue: 447A Bukit Batok West Avenue 9
Loads of activities from storytelling, library membership registration to Spin & Win. All you have to do is complete a puzzle and borrow 2 books to the spin the wheel! The storytelling session will be held from 12.20pm – 12.50pm.
Stories n Saris with DemureDrapes
Date/Time: 15 July, 4pm – 5pm
Venue: Central Public Library, Programme Zone
Demure Drapes invites all gorgeous ladies to get together in colourful saris to read and raise books for charity through Read for Books. Come with any book that you like and want to share with the rest. We’ll read, discuss, have fun and discover new perspectives while doing good!
Read! Fest Goes to Rockridge Park @ Yishun ST 51
Date/Time: 27 July , 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Join us as PAssionARts FUNtARTstic Storyland to pick your next read or learn an origami craft!
Read! Fest Goes To Plaza Singapura
On 27 July from 11.00am to 8.00pm, Plaza Singapura will be converted into a whimsical reading space with exciting games, roving book mascots and literary performances. Select free books at Big Book Giveaway and earn a reward by completing Read! Fest GO, a reading challenge. The event targeted at adults, children and families will showcase that anywhere can be a great place to enjoy the written word!
Read! Fest GO
Get read-y to be rewarded for reading – participate in Read! Fest GO, a mall-wide reading challenge in order to redeem attractive rewards! Participants are required to complete 4 out of 10 activity tasks, which can be accomplished in less than 20minutes. Drop by any of our genre-specific activity booths situated around Plaza Singapura if you are up for a literary challenge!
Participants have to be at least 15 years and above to take part in Read! Fest GO.
Stories for Kids by Kids
Give the screens a miss, and have a go at listening to stories told by our Junior Reading Ambassadors! They will be bringing our beloved story-telling sessions over from the libraries to Plaza Singapura. These sessions will take place at 11.30am and 3.30pm respectively at the Level 4 family lounge.
The Piper of Plaza Sing
Re-live the fairy-tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin – join him as he makes his fabled journey through Plaza Singapura! There will be two sessions of this performance, taking place at 2.00pm and 7.00pm respectively. The journey begins at the Level 4 family lounge. See you there!
(Updated 26 June 2019)