National Reading Movement

Read! Fest

What is happiness to you, and how are you pursuing it?

Read! Fest returns for its fifth edition and continues to be a celebration of the joy of reading. This year’s theme The Pursuit of Happiness shows you over 150 programmes – or pathways, for all ages and reading tastes to find their unique happiness.


  • Opening weekend from 22-23 June with literary pop-up activities and art installations by Singaporean artists. Check out more information below!
  • Keynote lectures, workshops and masterclasses with overseas authors Robert Twigger, Dr Zurinah Hassan, Cai Jun and Indra Soundarrajan. More about them HERE.
  • Get cosy with homegrown authors, poets and ‘bookstagrammers’ through book conversations and perspective-changing talks. More about our Singapore writers HERE.
  • Singapore premieres of a selection of films from the Asian Film Archives.
  • Spotlight on the genre of Humour through classic texts, stand-up comedy and a debate on Singapore literature.
  • Book Jams with children’s authors and more!
Visit GoLibrary to see the full list of programmes and to register and download the double-cover Read! Fest Programme Booklet for more information!


Read! Fest Opening Weekend

Can reading help us pursue happiness?  Can it enable us to maintain our headspace in the everyday hustle? Can it empower us to learn more, live healthier, laugh louder, and travel further?

As part of Read! Fest Opening Weekend (22 – 24 June), we transform The Plaza of the National Library Building into a place to slow down, linger, and ponder – a place where you can meander through various installations and programmes where artists, performers, and writers show us new ways to appreciate the art of reading.

Join us, and find (or lose) yourself in the pursuit of happiness.


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Books & Brew

22 June, 8.30pm – 10pm, The Plaza at National Library Building

23 June, 3pm – 9pm, The Plaza at National Library Building

Who doesn’t like curling up with a book and a warm beverage for company?

Join us on 22 and 23 June 2018, and borrow our recommended eBooks using your NLB Mobile app in exchange for a cuppa! Our baristas from The Coffee Cart will be on-site to prepare a brew fit for your reading choice!

Notes: Each participant can only redeem one drink. Limited number of drinks will be served each day on a first-come-first-served basis.



23 June, 5.30pm – 6.30pm, The Plaza at National Library Building

Can reading help us pursue happiness?

We will be answering your questions about work, life, love — and anything in between!

Before heading down to for our bibliotherapy session, please fill up your question form HERE.


Local book cover designers Sarah and Alison from Sarah & Schooling will then recommend their own favourite reads as answers to your life’s crazy situations. And when you do join us to celebrate the opening on 23 June 2018, you too can participate and offer Bibliotherapy to various questions on display.


Our Book Therapists:

Sarah & Schooling is a two-woman graphic design studio based in Singapore. An ardent supporter of the local literary scene, the studio is actively involved in designing books and publications across multiple genres.


Blackout Poetry

23 June, 6.30pm – 10.30pm, The Plaza at National Library Building

“What makes you happy?”

Select a page from our digital blackout poetry booth and start eliminating words that you don’t need. You might just unveil some hidden messages from this spontaneous activity.


Instagram Contest with Blackout Poetry

We’d like to think there’s a hidden poet in everyone. Take a snapshot of your blackout poetry, be it from the digital booth during the Read! Fest opening weekend, or your own physical copy,  and upload it onto your Instagram (set privacy to public!), tag @readingnationsg with the hashtags #readfestsg and #blackoutpoetry!

Creative entries will have a chance of winning books and goodies from our programme partners! 10 winners will be selected weekly from 22 June – 28 July 2018, and announced on our Facebook page.


Many more programmes and art installations to explore during the following dates and times:

22 June 2018, 8.30pm – 10.30pm

23 June 2018, 11.00am – 10.00pm

24 June 2018, 11.00am – 6.00pm

Come on down to The Plaza at National Library Building to join in the fun!

(Updated 09 June 2018)