Friday, June 03, 2005

How to participate in READ! Singapore (even if you are overseas)

This is a common question: "I'm interested in READ! Singapore, but how do I actually participate?" Here's what I tell people:
  1. Get a few like-minded friends or colleagues together;
  2. Pick on one of the 12 books to read and discuss (some people pick more);
  3. Find a time to discuss (face-to-face, email, blog etc). Here's the discussion guides;
  4. Take a picture or two of your session, with a short note of your main discussion and reflections. Email me. I'll get it posted in the library website.
If you are in Singapore and you can't find another person to discuss or to form a group, do contact your nearest public library and join the activities there. Too many to list here.

If you are overseas, like Loy (From a Singapore Angle), you can do what's he's planning to do!

You are not even required to read the entire book. Your group could agree on certain chapters to read, or read them aloud when you meet. My personal recommendation for the English books would be "To Kill A Mockingbird" and "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime".

The first book is really great for sharing with younger children or teens, who may not be fully aware of issues like race relations, prejudice and discrimination. The second book is an easy read, and useful in getting a glimpse of how life as an autistic child might be.

I'd be grateful if you could help spread the word around.


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