NLB Book Exchange

April 7, 2010 at 1:18 pm 13 comments

In celebration of World Book Day, the National Library Board will host for the second year a massive book exchange:

Organised by the Public Libraries Singapore (PLS), the event, which is into its second year, allows the public to exchange their used books and share their passion for reading with one another. At its inaugural launch in 2009, some 57,000 books were exchanged among 5,085 participants.

Other than giving used reads a new lease of life, this initiative also fosters a reading culture among Singaporeans. Book Exchange 2010 is held in conjunction with the World Book and Copyright Day, which promotes reading, especially among the young.

It also supports the call to adopt a green lifestyle through environment-friendly practices, such as recycling and reducing wastage. The public is advised to bring along their own bags, as no carrier bags will be provided. This initiative will also involve the staff of the National Library Board (NLB) in a bid to promote the spirit of volunteerism.

The Exchange itself will occur on Saturday, 24 April; from 10-23 April, people can bring their used books to any NLB branches to receive book exchange coupons to be redeemed on the 24th.

Hwa Chong Institution will be hosting events on campus on 22 and 23 April; stay tuned to the blog for more details as we get closer to the dates.


Entry filed under: Events, NLB, Public Libraries.

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  • 1. Cheong Yi Wei (03) 1A3  |  April 7, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    I think that we should have more of this NLB Book Exchange event. It benefits us a lot. As it allows the public to exchange their used books and share their passion for reading with one another, it will certainly make people learn how to appreciate books and develop a reading passion. Young students like us certainly need motivation to read more books especially chinese books as they are less read and not appreciated. Therefore, students tend to read more english books and dislike chinese books. I hope events like this will promote the reading of chinese books. This event also supports the call to adopt a green lifestyle through environment-friendly practices, such as recycling and reducing wastage which is very good as the global warming is getting worse and worse and getting out of control. This event would certainly let people know that the environment is very important as we were told to bring our own plastic bags. However, I think that we seriously need more activities like this as the temperature is rising at a very fast rate, causing the polar caps to melt. We need to let people know the importance of the environment as quick as possible as many people are still non-environmental friendly and if it goes on like this, the condition of the global warming would worsen. Therefore, having more of events are certainly very important as it benefits people in many many ways!

    • 2. Jason Erik Lundberg  |  April 9, 2010 at 7:05 am

      This is a once-a-year event, but you can actually participate in the spirit of the event all year long by swapping and recommending books with your classmates.

      There are also programs like BookCross@SG where you can leave a book or take a book at any of the islandwide “hotspots.”

  • 3. Yeo Eng Chow  |  April 8, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    I feel that HCI library should have this type of activities to boost students’ variety of reading, as books at the exchange may not have been seen by the student yet. Allowing their vocabulary to expand helping them in in writing essays. Also this would be a place where students can share interesting books with each other, sharing more knowledge about the book, spreading good books all over. This would also be more environmentally as used books becomes ‘new’ again as the book would not be needed to be printed again, passing the book around and around again is beneficiary to both parties, the environment and students’.

    • 4. Jason Erik Lundberg  |  April 9, 2010 at 7:15 am

      We had actually planned to have a book swap this year either for Library Week or World Book Day, but it sadly didn’t work out. However, we will have lots of other opportunities to acquire new and used books:

      The Library’s Big Book Sale will run 12-16 April, and will be full of used books donated by faculty and students.

      Independent publishers Ethos, Firstfuits, and Select Books will sell copies of their titles outside the Drama Centre on the afternoon of 22 April.

      The NLB’s Mobile Library Bus (MOLLY) will arrive on campus 23 April, and all Sec1 Language Arts classes will be taken down to borrow books.

  • 5. Soon Wei Jun (23) 1P4  |  April 10, 2010 at 10:33 am

    It is a pity that the HCI book exchange did not work out. Maybe, we can organise a smaller-scale version of the book exhange at the class level. Each student to bring a book based on a certain theme and exchange it for another book. At the end of the day, the student will still take back the book he brought, after a few rounds of exchange.

    Another idea for the NLB week and HCI library mystery theme for April – we can have a competition and see which class or consortium has the most noumber of book reviews in that month.

    • 6. Jason Erik Lundberg  |  April 10, 2010 at 11:33 am

      Wei Jun, I like the idea of having a classwide exchange, but I’m not sure what would be gained by taking home the book that you brought in the first place. The whole point of an exchange is that you get rid of a book you’ve already read and in return get a new book to read.

      And it should be said that the original book exchange was cancelled because we hoped that students would donate their books to the Big Book Sale instead. However, I still think that smaller scale class exchanges on top of the BBS would still be feasible, so I’ll give it some thought.

      As for a book review competition, I think that this might be a good idea for May; there’s a bit too much going on in April to hold it now.

  • 7. Kaye Tan  |  April 10, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I think the library should do more of this so people can socialize more with others with a common interest, books. This activity can also let us read different books just by buying one, which makes a book less expensive and more eco-friendly. This is very important as there is global warming now.

  • 8. Ng Guang-An 1O4  |  April 11, 2010 at 10:40 am

    I feel that the book exchange is a good idea. It gives people the opportunity to read all sorts of books. It also allow people to share their knowledge with people in Singapore. Also, people who dislike reading may like reading after they may find an interesting book.

  • 9. Soon Wei Jun (23) 1P4  |  April 11, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Mr Lundberg, I think it is okay to donate the books, exchange them or keep them for whatever sentimental values.

  • 10. Chong Chee Yuan 1P4  |  April 11, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    I also feel that the idea is good as people can have many kinds of books to read and it is free! Also, donating books to read is a good idea also if you do not want to read the book

  • 11. Richmond Xiao 1O4  |  April 16, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    I think that this programme is an excellent idea. This allows avid readers to exchange books. Doing this allows these book readers to save money as they do not have to pay for the books. This also saves the Earth as it encourages the saving of resources ( the books are reused). The readers also can determine which books are recommended by other readers so they have a greater chance of reading an interesting book.

  • 12. Daniel Lin Yu Hung (4) 1A3  |  April 17, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    The Exchange is very useful in many areas. It would encourage teenages to read instead of staying at home all the day. It can also encourage reading and it would be beneficial to us as we would gain knowledge outside the normal studies. We could also save some paper and help to reduce the amount of trees cut. I feel that it would be better if it was held twice a year. That way, we would save even more trees.

  • 13. Andre Poh Zhen Yang  |  August 21, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    In my opinion, I think that the National Library Board should organise more of these events. The purpose is to let people socialize with others who have a common interest as them. This activity can also let us read different books recommended by others just by buying one, which makes a book cheaper and more Eco-friendly. This is very important as there is global warming now. We must reduce the number of trees being chopped down by consuming lesser paper. Young students like us also need motivation to read more books. This event would certainly let people know that the environment is very important as we were also told to bring our own plastic bags.


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