Library Week & World Book Day Photos

April 24, 2011 at 5:50 pm 17 comments

Following are photos of some of the events conducted during 2011 Library Week and World Book Day.

The National Library Board brought over more than 800 books for the Mass Book Borrowing on Tuesday at Oei Tiong Ham Hall:

All week long, the winners of the Microfiction Writing Competition were displayed near the library staircase (click to enlarge and read the entries):

On Thursday, the annual Scrabble Challenge was conducted by Mrs Yeong-Loke Lai Fun and Ms G. Kalavathi, with the result that the high school winners beat their junior college counterparts!


Entry filed under: Books, Events.

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17 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tan Ye Kai (2a232)  |  August 3, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    The library week and world book day was very interesting and it provided students with a chance to borrow books from the national library board without going to any of the libraries. Also , it made it easier for students to borrow a book as we did not have to spent the time and money to travel all the way to the library.

    As for the Micro-fiction writing competition, I think that it was a refreshing and innovative way to make students write. In this time and age, we do not normally spend much time writing and this has helped to make students write. Some of the micro-fiction stories were quite interesting and funny and let passers-by have a good laugh (myself haha).

    I hope that the events would be orchestrated without fail again next year and bring more joy and happiness to both the participants and people who happen to see it.

  • 2. Gerald Tan  |  August 5, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Library week and World Book Day certainly seems like a really good combo. Both allows us to be aware of the importance of books. I felt that the Mass Book borrowing was a great way to encourage us to read books, as we get to experience different books some of which are not in our own school library. Myself who went to the Mass Book borrowing, I found many varieties from comics to guidebooks. I ended up borrowing a few comics and a compilation of stories from Catherine Lim. I think that this is an effective way of striking interest in students. Because many students are lazy or have no time to visit libraries, thus they will not have interests in books. But this Mass Borrowing event brings the books to the students instead of students going to the books, as a result it will allow students to have access to the books easily.
    I feel that the Micro-Fiction writing competition as well as the Scrabble Challenge both improve our language. Although I have not participated in either one, both will refine our language. The Scrabble Challenge will obviously increase our vocabulary from my experience of playing the game with family and friends. And the Micro-Fiction writing competition will polish our creative writing skills. Thus I really feel these events during Library week and World Book Day have been unquestionably fruitful in striking an interest in students for books as well as refining our language skills.

  • 3. Richmond Xiao  |  August 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    I think that the world book day is an excellent initiative.This is because it allows for budding readers and writers alike to share their their love for books alike.
    On another note, I think that the mass borrowing session held by Queenstown library (I live beside it) has increased my appetite for books. For example, I found this really awesome book (although I forgot its name) that I wouldn’t have found in the book shops because it was published a really long time ago. This has helped me realize the importance of libraries and why we should protect them- they have a vast array of valuable knowledge.

  • 4. Lee Zhe Xuan Etienne  |  August 10, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I feel that library week and world book day are good ideas as they encourage us to read more. By having the mass book borrowing, students are able to borrow whatever books they find are interesting without having to buy them. This will allow student to read more because they do not have to pay to read the books.I also feel that the Microfiction Writing Competition allows students to use their creativity to think up of good stories and it also helps us to improv our language and it is also a good chance for us to practice our writing. Lastly, I feel that the Scrabble Challenge is really exciting. It allows us to interact with words in a fun manner. I hope that these events will still be held next year so that the new badge of Secondary 1 students are able to experince them too.

  • 5. samuel  |  August 11, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    I feel that the Mass Book borrowing is a great way of encouraging us to read books, since there are so many different varieties of books to choose from comics to novels. And being exposed to such a large-variety of books would definitely help in improving our language arts, as the vocabulary etc. would definitely have helped us in our comprehensions and essays, hence I feel that more of such activities should be held as it really helps us to improve our language via reading books.

  • 6. Jordan Leong  |  August 13, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I really like the Mass Book borrowing as I feel that it does not require us to fork out precious time to borrow books, which is one of the main reason why some of us are unwilling to go to the library to borrow books. The Mass Book borrowing also gives us a chance to ignite the interest of reading by exposing us to a wide selection of books. Cultivating good reading habits is very important in our learning process and by carrying out Mass Book borrowing, students are being encouraged to read and increase their general knowledge or improve their literature skills. Thus, I feel that there is no harm in carrying out more of these activities to help us in our Language Arts

  • 7. anthony low 2a2  |  August 15, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    i feel that the mass book borrowing is a very effective way in engaging and encouraging students to read more. As most of us have a very packed schedule 24/7, we do not have time to visit a library or a bookshop and having a mass book borrowing just solve the problem. Reading books is the only way to improve English as it introduces as to many new words and phrases. i will definitely not miss the next mass book borrowing as i would like to check those interesting books there myself…

  • 8. Jovian Tan 2A231  |  August 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    In my opinion, the Library Week and World Book Day are very creative and interesting initiative. Especially, the Mass Book borrowing as it encourages people to read more books. I personally liked it very much as i am someone who is lazy to travel to National Libraries which is located quite far away from my house, thus this was a great opportunity for me to borrow books. I went down for the Mass Book borrowing that day, there were quite a number of people there and there was also a huge variety of books from non-fiction to comics. I ended up borrowing a few books as they were all look interesting to me. On the other hand, both the Scrabble and Microfiction writing competition also look good and fun to me, even though i did not participated this year, i would certainly try it out the next time round. These activities not only allow us to enjoy ourselves but also improve and learn along the way. Lastly, I feel that more of this kind of activities could be organised to increase our interests in reading books as I believe that there are also many people who are similar to me.

  • 9. Lim Zheng Xiang 2A2  |  August 15, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    I feel that the activities organised during the library week and world book day were excellent as it encourages every student to be part of it. For example, the mass book borrowing activity is generally interesting. The students get to pick a favourite book of their preference. This encourages students to read widely beyond the textbooks and allow the students to be exposed to various types of books. However, one shortcoming of this activity is that as much as the school ensures that everyone borrows a book each, certain students may just borrow for the sake of it and not read it at all. This would prove to backfire the objective of getting everyone to read.

    As for the scrabble challenge, I feel that it is a very engaging activity as students are able to participate and win prices and get ace points. This is probably one of the reasons why so many people participated. As much as this is the reason, it is a relatively successful activity as it attracted many and allow students to learn new words against the competitors in the competition and therefore expand their vocab to a certain extent. Thus the activities held in library week are encouraging and I am glad for the effort the teachers put in to allow as many students to be engaged with this activity as possible.

  • 10. Loh Jia Sheng 2A2 24  |  August 16, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Firstly, I would like to praise the school for coming up with all these creative and effective iniatives. They really encourage more students to have a special interest in the English Language after these events. The mass book borrowing is the most straightforward and efficient way to encourage more students to read books to improve their English, and it was also extremely appreciated by the students as it is a convenient way to borrow books.
    Altogether, I think that these initiatives has fulfilled their purposes and overall, I dare say that if more of these events were to be organised, the standards of English Language of our students would definitely improve drastically.

  • 11. Chua Wei Jian 2O407  |  August 16, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I feel that the Library Week and World Book Day is a great idea as it encourages students to read more books. It would be more convenient for students to borrow book as they might not have the time to borrow books in the library. Reading more books would definitely improve our English as we are able to learn new words and phrases.
    The Microfiction Writing Competition and Scrabble Challenge can also help students to develop an interest in English. Through this events, we can enjoy ourselves and improve on our English at the same time. Thus, I feel that such events are very meaningful as it brings us many benefits. I hope that there would be more of such activities for us in the future.

  • 12. Ryan Lau 2P4 11  |  August 19, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    One thing for sure, Hwa Chong has gave us the chance to experience world book day on our own terms and it is definitely a great idea to bring in books from the library for us to borrow and it is more convenient than to go to the library far away. Furthermore, some of books, our own library may not even have. We look around the world and see that books are one of the only ways to improve our language in terms of vocab and writing style, it affects the way we think and the way we look at things. Some needy students in other countries may not even have the chance to read a book, due to influences by others or just that money is just not enough.

    Honestly, I think that many students are not reading enough books including myself, and we should take this time and opportunity to make a change by reading more to increase our vocabulary capacity, and this way, our English language would improve.

  • 13. Eddie Lim  |  August 19, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    I think that it was a great event seeing the great amount of participation from the photos. I am sorry to say that I have participated lesser in the event but seeing the enthusiasm, I’ll definitely make a effort to be more participative next year and I’m particularly attracted to the Scrabble Challenge as I liked to play Scrabble in primary school.

    Hopefully there’ll be more events, and I’ll be sure to participate in it next year!

  • 14. Li Wong Kin  |  August 20, 2011 at 12:33 am

    I feel that the week of activities hosted in the library for the World Book Day was very meaningful and useful.

    The activities are useful because it promotes the habit of reading books among the students. In the time when technology is so advanced, many students refuse to read paper book and instead they turn to read stuffs that are online. However, reading a traditional book is still a very good way to learn about language. Thus reading traditional books should not be something that students should let go.

    Also, I have attended one of the talk during the week. It was hosted by a group of sec 4s who published their own book. After listening to their talk, I learnt the different ways to get inspiration to write a good story. This is very helpful for me.

    2P4 Li Wong Kin

  • 15. Chong Chee Yuan 2P403  |  August 20, 2011 at 2:15 am

    I feel that the Library Week and the World Book Day is a good combination as both encourages students to read books. The event of bringing over the books from the library to the Oei Tiong Ham Hall is a good one as it encourages reading which fits the aim of both the Library Week and the World Book Day. As students have a tight schedule and rarely visit the library, when they walk pass the Oei Tiong Ham Hall and see the books there, they might just borrow some books along the way and thus achieve the objective of encouraging students to read books.

    As for the Microfiction Writing Competition and the Scrabble Challenge, I feel that both competition can train the students in their English language. We rarely write Microfiction in the class or outside class, and this can be a good eye-opening for us. Furthermore, writing Microfiction surely trains the writing skills of the students. Also, the Scrabble Challenge trains us in learning more vocabularies and remembering them clearly. Some students might even play scrabble during their free time and would thus improve their English language standards.

  • 16. Ryan Tan  |  August 20, 2011 at 3:17 am

    I feel that world book day and library week are very beneficial initiative for the students of Hwa Chong. In increases our interest for English. It has been very effective based on the high participation recieve. I encourage these kinds of events. Personally, I was present at the event, playing scrabble with my peers. We had loads of fun and having friendly matches with each other. We really learn much during each game, discovering words that we never seen before. I feel that overall, it is a good experience, and I hope Hwa Chong would host more of these events

  • 17. Winston Tan  |  August 20, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    The world book day and library week are both effective in bringing out the message that reading is important. The library week has been promoting us to read more and even borrow books at the Oei Tiong Ham hall. The teachers have also explained the importance of reading to us and also stressed about having a good habit to read a book every week. There was even a Microfiction Writing Competition and a Scrabble Challenge for us to take part in. I believe that by participating in them, we would be able to improve our vocabulary and strengthen our command for English. Another thing that they did was to promote reading through ebooks. Rather than the traditional way to read, I feel that using E-book is a very effective way for us to learn as more and more people are getting used to using the computer all the time. We can even search for the meanings of words that we don’t understand in the text on the internet, thus saving lots of time.
    I do hope that students understand that by reading, we can actually improve our English and do better in tests and write better whenever we have to write a script or composition. I also hope that the school will continue to stress the importance of reading to all of us.


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