ABOUT 40 libraries around the world will soon have a selection of books on Singapore to mark the country's Golden Jubilee, and it starts with the National Library of India.
Yesterday, Mrs Mary Tan, wife of President Tony Tan Keng Yam, gave the first of 300 books on Singapore to the library's director-general, Dr Rajendra Kumar, in New Delhi, making India the first country to receive Singapore's gift of books.
The rest of the books will be shipped to the library in Kolkata.
Mrs Tan is accompanying Dr Tan on a four-day state visit to India, and the gift is a project of the National Library Board (NLB).
The books cover a range of topics, from literature to architecture, biodiversity and the arts, and include titles such as Living In A Garden: The Greening Of Singapore by Timothy Auger and Reflecting On The Merlion, an anthology of poetry edited by Edwin Thumboo and Yeow Kai Chai.
By the year-end, libraries from more than 25 countries in Australasia, the Middle East and the Americas would have received the gift.
In all, the NLB intends to donate 10,300 books.
Besides the gift, a member of the Singapore community in New Delhi also read to schoolchildren at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.
The children received goodie bags with stationery and a book on Singapore.
The donation precedes the arrival of a delegation of 50 Singapore authors, illustrators, publishers and librarians at the New Delhi World Book Fair, India's oldest book festival. It runs from Saturday to Feb 22.
Singapore is the guest of honour country at the fair, which will feature writers such as Chow Teck Seng, Isa Kamari, K. Kanagalatha and Haresh Sharma.
This article was first published on Feb 10, 2015.
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