Indoor garden, hydroponics room in a larger, greener Choa Chu Kang library, community news & top stories
SINGAPORE – Visitors to the Choa Chu Kang Public Library will be treated to a bigger, greener experience when it reopens next Thursday (October 28).
The library will now span two floors instead of one and include an indoor garden and a hydroponic room.
It will also have new digital learning tools like live streams of nature and updates from the World Wildlife Fund Singapore to help build environmental awareness and sustainable living.
The library was launched with the theme of (Re) Connect with Nature and is one of the next generation libraries that are part of the National Library Board (NLB) Libraries and Archives Blueprint 2025. This is the NLB’s master plan to optimize its library and archive services.
The total area of the library was expanded from 2,200 square meters to 3,000 square meters – about the size of six basketball courts.
The library is located on the fourth and fifth floors of Lot 1 shopping mall in Choa Chu Kang.
The upper floor has the inner garden and is intended as an area for parents and small children under six years of age.
Workshops on urban farming and food security take place in the hydroponic room.
A climate protection corner will provide information to educate the public about climate change and take steps to reduce one’s carbon footprint.
The hydroponic room and climate protection corner are part of the Green Grove, a $ 500,000 initiative by the CapitaLand Hope Foundation to promote environmental awareness through upcoming workshops on urban agriculture and food security.
Sustainability was a key theme in the library redesign, said Catherine Lau, NLB deputy general manager.
“The larger area and lower shelves allow the library to be brightened by the natural light entering.
“Much of the new furnishings, such as tiles and carpets, have been made from partially recycled materials, so we’ve tried to ensure that the library itself sets a good example when it comes to sustainability,” she said.
The library is located on the fourth and fifth floors of the Lot 1. Shopping Center. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
The redesigned library will try out a space that will be accessible to the public for a longer period of time.
The learning and multimedia zone opens two hours before the rest of the library and closes one hour after the library closes – from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The rest of the library is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Study and Multimedia Zone of the Choa Chu Kang Public Library. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Renovation work for the remodel began in 2019, and it was the first time the library has undergone a major overhaul since it opened in 1997.
It was moved from the third to the fourth floor in 2008.
A series of workshops and events on ecology were planned for the coming months after the library reopened the library.
Agriculture course on Level 4 of the Choa Chu Kang Public Library. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
One such event is the Green Market, which introduces families to the principles of sustainable living with a variety of lectures, workshops and exhibitions and connects them with green organizations and initiatives.
The Green Market takes place from November 12th to 14th.
The initiative is a cooperation between the NLB and the Asia Sustainability Forum (ASF).
ARSP co-founder Edward Tay said events like the Green Market are one way libraries can help raise public awareness of climate change and sustainable practices.
Ms. Lau said the NLB hopes the redesigned library will provide visitors with a starting point to learn about environmental issues and inspire them to take action to combat climate change and lead a sustainable life.
She said, “We want to use these different rooms to provide learning experiences so that you can still take something with you without borrowing a book.
“It’s about inspiring people to learn and hopefully it can become a learning beacon within the mall.”