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The Tree Is In Da House

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Needless to say, one of the children’s most favorite place in here is the library. Every library used to have its own children section, some of them are separated in different floor, and others are in the same floor as adults section. Either way, the library is a very fun place for children. Libraries are packed with children especially on weekends and public or school holidays.  Sometimes it’s even very hard to find books or find a convenient place to sit. The children section is full of children running, screaming, crying, reading with very loud voice, scattering the books, etc. However it’s actually just a prove that children really love library and they can spend hours in the library. Even babies and toddlers spend their time with their parents in the library. It’s a good thing that parents accustomed their children with libraries since young age. Children who love books are good assets for the nation.

It’s a common thing to see parents reading for their children at the library. Children at very young age are already familiar and know how to search books from the computer’s catalog,  how to borrow books by scanning their books at the borrowing machine, and how to return books promptly. Lil boy has mastered all of those without our help at all. If you’re too lazy to read for your children, just let them join the reading / story telling activity with the librarian which is usually held once a week. Other activities, seminars, and exhibitions are held periodically in libraries.

There are many libraries in Singapore, and almost in every area has its own library. They’re clean, cool, and convenient places to spend the day. Although libraries are very popular in Singapore, they’re still try to make themselves more lovelier places to visit. They change the decoration many times to invite children (and adults too) to come and visit. The newest one is of course My Tree House Library. Located in the National Library in Bras Basah/Bugis Area, the children section had been totally revamped into a different place. If you’ve known the place before (we’d been there once and quite boring for children and my son decided not to come again-it’s because of the layout of the room and not the books collection), well……it’s totally a different place now.

It now has a giant tree house inside and children can climb and read books under the big tree trunk. The whole area has been changed into a big forest with mushrooms, trees, flowers, and butterflies. I like yellow as the dominant color on the bookshelves because it’s bright but has a calm effect.

The entrance to My Tree House Library

The entrance to My Tree House Library

Lil boy at the entrance to My Tree House Library

Lil boy at the entrance to My Tree House Library

The Tree House! Only fit for 25 children, so they must take turn in here

The Tree House! Only fit for 25 children, so they must take turn in here

It's a fun experience to read books under the big tree

It’s a fun experience to read books under the big tree

The tree catalogue

The tree catalogue

The bookshelves are also decorated with trees and flowers

The bookshelves are also decorated with trees and flowers

When we visited this library on weekends, we found this place a bit too crowded and noisy too. We don’t mind children running and screaming around the library, but sometimes we still prefer a quiet one actually. Although this is a nice place to visit, me might not want to come back very often, because in term of books collection, this is still our favorite place to go:

Jurong East Library! Love......love......love.......the books and magazines collections for children and adults. One minus point.........too far from where we live.........

Jurong East Library! Love……love……love…….the books and magazines collections for children and adults. One minus point………too far from where we live………

Big area for children (occupy the whole B1), and surprisingly very quiet place to read too although many children were there during weekends

Big area for children (occupy the whole B1), and surprisingly very quiet place to read too although many children were there during weekends

Since we love libraries, we always look for new ones that we never visit.

Ang Mo Kio Library, the children section is not too big

Ang Mo Kio Library, the children section is not too big, but I found many of my favorite books from Agatha Christie. So if you’re a big fan of Agatha Christie, this is the place to visit. Look, even my mom found magazines from Indonesia in here.

For Indonesia magazines collections, so far we found them in Jurong East Library (Femina, Kartini, and Sedap), Tampines (Femina, Kartini), National Library (Sedap), and Ang Mo Kio (I don’t remember what magazines were there when we visited). For other libraries, either they don’t have or we don’t know because we weren’t looking for them

Bishan Library also has the whole basement floor for children. Their collection of children books and dvd are also awesome

Bishan Library also has the whole basement floor for children. Their collection of children books and dvd are also awesome

My friend suggested us to visit Woodlands Library as one of the biggest library in Singapore for children section, and of course we did visit this library.

We love it! Very big library , but once again.......too far from our house

We love it! Very big library , but once again…….too far from our house. Lil boy loved to sit on mushrooms…….

This place also has many spots for children to play and learn differently too....

This place also has many spots for children to play and learn differently too….If you love libraries, you should visit this one….

Of course, other libraries that we often visit are Tampines Library (I’ve posted about this before) and the one that is close to our house:

Pasir Ris Library, although not as big as our favorite Jurong East Library, but we still love this place as it's very convenient to read and find new books. It is also always full of surprises in term of decoration and new exhibits

Pasir Ris Library, although not as big as our favorite Jurong East Library, but we still love this place as it’s very convenient to read and find new books. It is also always full of surprises in term of decoration and new exhibits

The best thing about library…..it doesn’t cost much to be a library member, and it has special program on school holidays……..we can double up our loan……..! So on holidays, we usually bring 32 books home with us.

Our stack of books from the library

Our stack of books from the library

My lil boy also learn how to read English by reading books. To be honest, I don’t know about the phonic systems and I never teach him how to read (in English) with phonic systems. I also hate to ask him to memorize words in English, because it’s not the right way to learn English. In my search of how to teach children to read, many of them suggested to teach the children by reading books.

I taught him by reading simple books every night for at least five minutes (when he was 4.5 years old and only when he was fluent with reading and writing in Bahasa Indonesia). Trust me, teaching Bahasa Indonesia first than English is easier for both the children and parents. Children who is already mastering reading in Indonesian language, should have little problems learning how to read in English.

Then when his reading skill developed, he started to read by himself. He started with simple books (with big pictures and big words in color), then when he feel bored with those kind of books, he continued with more difficult books until now he becomes very good in reading and writing in English (for his age of course). Books do help us a lot because the same words appear again and again and that’s how he memorizes the words and how to spell them. This is also less stressful then asking them to memorize the words.

So thank you libraries for making us spend more quality time by reading good books together.

Author: cruiseoflife

Hi there. I'm from Indonesia but now live quite far away from my home country. I love cooking for my family. I learned how to cook for the first time from my mom and I believe that mom's cooking is always the best, and I do hope that my son will feel the same too even though he grows up so fast. I love Indonesian food as I grew up with it, and I promise to myself that my son, although he doesn't live in Indonesia right now, will always like and enjoy authentic Indonesian food. I make this blog so that my family will always remember our togetherness and happy time that we had, are having, and will have when we eat together and have good memories about a mother's love through her dishes. Hopefully these recipes will help other people to make healthy home cooked dishes for their families.

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