Raising a Reader – 21 August 2017

On 21 August 2017 Evangeline went to school so I and my wife go visit Bugis Library. This is the biggest branch of the library, there are 7 storeys total of book collections. Some are so rare and can be considered antique collection. This fact I know from my friend Pat who worked for National Library as a librarian. We wanted to register Evangeline as a library member.

From the counter on the first floor, we were directed to go to Basement 1. “Find anyone in blue”, that’s what the officer in the counter said. What’s good? Colour coding your employee so customer can pinpoint them. What’s not good? Everyone was wearing blue including janitors. It also doesn’t help that the Basement 1 do not have table counter where we can find librarian. So their staff is practically roaming around.

So I proceed to the Basement 1 and we saw a small cave with cartoonish jungle decoration at one corner. It’s the children’s book section. My wife proceed there to browse some book while I split to find the librarian to register Evangeline’s library membership.

After being ping-pong-ed by three staffs, I manage to find someone who does NOT wear blue, who is willing to attend to my inquiries for registration. Alas, she asked for proof that my daughter is a Permanent Resident to enjoy the PR rate. Because she’s yet come of age, she doesn’t have the Blue IC yet, so the librarian requires the Re-Entry Permit to register her. At that point of time I know I will flunk this opportunity, because who bring around Re-Entry Permit on daily basis? But to make this trip fruitful I get the detail from her the required documents for registration. It’s super simple. Any form of identification to register and the proof of Permanent Residency to enjoy PR rate. So basically I only need birth certificate and REP.

I returned to the small cave where my wife browse the book to borrow. She already shortlisted these following book. I told her about the registration hiccups and she said it’s alright since we also can use her library membership quota. One thing that we notice is the book in this library is significantly more tattered. I believe because the library is one of the more central with higher traffic, so the wear and tear is understood.

The following books were borrowed from Bugis Library.

Where’s Bear?
The book by Emily Gravett have nice illustration on clean white background. It tells the story of Bear and Hare taking turn playing hide and seek. While hare (Angel refers this animal as Bunny) is adept in hiding, bear is having difficulties to hide its large body. Bear did hide in the same place as bunny, but the funny part is when the bear hide behind something, the foreground object can’t even cover half of his body.

Sweet Snout by Liesbet Slegers
This translated foreign book by Liesbet Slegers is a flap book. The unique concept is that two animals with the same snout/ mouth/ beak are presented in the same page. When you flip to side A, one animal will appear, and when you flip the flap, it will turn into animal B. The illustration is not the best you can find, but this book promote curiosity in Angel and she likes flap book in general.

Bye bye bottles Zebra
I’ve previously mentioned that the books we borrowed are for various purpose. Some are for activity-driven purpose (counting, spot the difference), some are for extending vocabulary (list of objects with pictures), and also some for behaviour building. One of the example for behaviour building is when we borrow the book about baby or becoming a big sis to prepare her for our second daughter. This book is one of the behaviour building book. Or specifically, our attempt to let Angel sleep without bottle. Simple story by Michael Dahl that the little Zebra one day decided don’t want to drink milk from bottle any more simply because Zebra think he’s already grown up.

Gossie and Gertie
Another book by Gossie series. When borrowing the book by Olivier Dunrea, engineering approach prevails. If it works, don’t fix it. We’ve started by buying the Gossie book first, and subsequently Angel is hooked with all the characters presented at the back cover of the book. I made a mental note to review all of this character in one dedicated post for the benefit of the parents of young readers who read my reviews.

And for the next post in Raising a Reader series, we will cover how I register Evangeline’s library membership.



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