A trip to the library is the perfect way to refresh those little minds, beat the heat and take time away from all things digital! With dozens of libraries located all over Singapore, you’re bound to find a few to call your second home and for the kids to explore. With great collections of books, fun activities, storytelling programs, early read programs and interactive exhibits, both you and the kids are sure to have a blast…for free! From exploring the National Library children’s section to storytelling for toddlers – check out our top picks for Singapore’s best libraries for kids, toddlers, and teens.
Deemed as the world's first green library for kids,"My Tree House" is constructed with recycled materials and houses 45,000 books for kids aged 4 to 12 years, interactive e-reading kiosks, a reading corner, and an impressive fiction collection! For story-telling enthusiasts, drop by on Saturdays and Sundays for their sessions recommended for kids aged 4 to 6 years. Being a Literary Arts library, it also hosts a series of programs like Meet-the-Author sessions and is also home to 2 book clubs.
Central Public Library, 100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064, Website
What's cool about this library? The children's section on the first floor has a shelf built exactly like a big ship! Story sessions are aplenty and there are even 30 minute sessions of songs, rhymes and stories catered to parents and their tots aged 1 to 3! There are also workshops dedicated to writers, a reading club and also creative sessions conducted by industry experts who will share on their unique experiences on topics such as photography, print, design, video, web and a whole lot more.
Toa Payoh Public Library, 6 Toa Payoh Central, Singapore 319191, Website
On the fourth level of the Woodlands Civic Centre, you'll find a huge children's section that has been designed as an outdoor park! The library also houses the Asian Children's Literature (ACL) Collection that aims to raise awareness and promote deeper understanding of Asian children's literature, culture and heritage. The collection has about 8,000 items and is accompanied by a thematic exhibition that is refreshed periodically.
Woodlands Regional Library, 900 South Woodlands Drive (Woodlands Civic Center #01-03), Singapore 730900, Website
Reopened at the end of 2015 after major upgrading, the Pasir Ris Public Library within the popular White Sands Shopping Center covers an area of 1,986 square meters. There's a special teens’ mezzanine, a dedicated space for teens to hang out, both for reading and leisure. Not to mention, the children's section is huge, with a section dedicated to tots and small little enclaves perfect for a couple of hours of peaceful reading. English storytelling sessions are mainly on Fridays and suited for kids aged 4 to 8 years.
Pasir Ris Public Library, 1 Pasir Ris Central St 3, #04-01/06 White Sands, Singapore 518457, Website
Massive is an understatement when it comes to the spanking new 5-storey Tampines Regional Library located at Our Tampines Hub. One key highlight of the library is that it integrates community learning spaces such as the PA-managed culinary studios (Level 2), interest group activity rooms (Level 2), and an indoor playground (Level 3) for kids within the library, to encourage different forms of learning. There's also a Chinese Children's Collection as well as an Early Literacy Library for kids below 3 years.
Tampines Regional Library, 1 Tampines Walk, #02-01 Our Tampines Hub, Singapore 529684, Website
This nature-themed library features green reading spaces and is known for a variety of activities for kids on weekends. From Super Storytastic sessions and magic shows, Geylang East Public Library hosts events and activities for kiddos of all ages. There's also a a monthly Sunday Origami session for enthusiasts to learning about its development and folding techniques. This program is excellent as a family bonding activity!
Geylang East Public Library, 50 Geylang East Ave 1, Singapore 389777, Website
Kids will flock to the interactive and multiimedia exhibits at this library. The children's section has a vibrant, colorful space that's perfect to promote learning through exploration and play. There's also a teen zone at the Mezzanine level, which houses the Young People collection and also comics!
Marine Parade Public Library, 278 Marine Parade Road #01-02, Marine Parade Community Building, Singapore 449282, Website
Housing more than 180,000 items for readers of all age groups, it's no doubt that Serangoon Public Library is huge and spans across the rooftop of NEX shopping mall. One unique feature of this library is that it features digital and board gaming programs and PC gaming stations to encourage learning and social bonding through play among the younger generation. A key highlight as well is their Game On! - Boardgames sessions that are held every 3rd Sunday of even months from 2 to 6pm where you can play an array of boardgames with the whole family!
Serangoon Public Library, 23 Serangoon Central, #04-82/83 NEX, Singapore 556083, Website
Jurong Regional Library is also the first library in Singapore to house an Early Literacy Library that caters to those under 3 and also the 4 to 6 year olds. The collection focuses on key areas vital to the learning and development of children. Also unique to this library is the dedicated Teens Library service called 'Verging All Teens (V.A.T.)', a library created for teens by teens, to inspire teens. V.A.T. houses various genres of comics, graphic novels and even plays host to open-mic sessions to showcase young talents to their peers.
Jurong Regional Library, 21 Jurong East Central 1, Singapore 609732, Website
True to its past, Sembawang Public Library boasts of facilities and fixtures reflecting its shipbuilding heritage. This is seen from its container-inspired reading areas to the names for each section throughout the library. The huge children's section also has tablets for kids to explore educational apps. The Early Literacy section, which caters to kids aged six and below is stocked with books that focus on five important areas of play, talk, sing, read and write.
Sembawang Public Library, 30 Sembawang Drive, #05-01 Sun Plaza, Singapore 757713, Website
Re-located to the new [email protected], the Bedok Public Library is among a suite of community services provided at the new integrated complex. It covers the 2nd and 3rd story and spans over 4,000 square meters. The themes of nature, landscape, and greenery are seen throughout the library with pillar wraps, colors and design include landscape elements inspired by nature. Highlights of the library include an early literacy space as well as teens study and reading area. English storytelling sessions are scheduled every Saturday afternoon.
The [email protected] at VivoCity opened in early 2019. Known previously as the Bukit Merah Public Library, the relocated library to Level 3 VivoCity shopping mall will be easily accessible to everyone. The Children's Area will be specially designed with an extensive Early Literacy collection for kids aged 6 and below. For more information, click HERE.