It seems to me that Singapore is so much more proactive than Malaysia, where much lip-service is paid to the importance of reading, but little actually happens in the end after everyone has done their hand-wringing bit about the two pages a year are supposed to read. (A myth that gets perpetuated ad-nauseam.)
I was interested to read on Channelnewsasia's website about a great project, now in its second year, called READ!
... to promote a culture of reading among Singaporeans ... (and) an opportunity to rediscover the joys of reading, by creating a common topic of discussion and conversation amongst the people.The National Library Board organises a variety of activities and issues downloadable kits for folks wishing to start their own reading groups, which are apparently:
... popping up at the most unlikely places, even among hairstylists and taxi drivers.This year eight books reflecting the theme Looking In, Looking Out have been chosen for discussion. Two of the books are in English (The Kite Runner, which I'd say is an excellent choice, and Tuesdays with Morrie), two are in Malay, two in Chinese and two in Tamil - so there's something for every language group. (Not to mention the political correctness factor!) The books were selected on the basis of their appeal for readers of different races and ages, and their ability to move readers emotionally. The books also had to be affordable, easy to obtain and easy to read.
More about the project and pictures of the launch on the Rambling Librarian's blog.
Get KL Reading? (27/1/06)