World's 1st green Llbrary for kids has opened

Singapore - "My Tree House", the World's 1st Green Library for Kids opens its doors to library visitors Friday at the Central Public Library.

The National Library Board (NLB) and City Developments Limited (CDL) jointly present a special library that will encourage children to explore, discover and challenge their curiosity in learning and caring for the environment.

"My Tree House" was opened by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information on May 31, 2013.

Mrs Elaine Ng, Chief Executive Officer of NLB said, " NLB is continuously looking for new and innovative ways to create unique identities for our libraries and better serve our customers. We are happy to collaborate with CDL and its partners to create our first green library for kids. We have created this special li brary for children to see, read, touch and experience a magical journey into learning and caring about the environment."

Mr Kwek Leng Joo, Managing Director of CDL said, "NLB and CDL share a common vision and passion. We tapped on each other's strengths and expertise to create a completely green and innovative library conducive to ignite in young minds, a love for nature. CDL has also brought together 11 other equally like-minded collaborators who have embraced this project with fervour. Being experts in their individual fields, our partners have made invaluable contributions to bring to fruition "My Tree House" - a truly exceptional green showcase for Singapore. As CDL celebrates our 50th Anniversary this year, we take pride as a Singapore-grown company, to be able to make a positive community contribution with sustained impact to the benefit of our nation."

"My Tree House" will serve as a resource centre in facilitating environmental literacy for children. A ptly named after the centrepiece which features a tree house structure constructed with recyclable materials, the library is designed specifically with children in mind.

NLB hopes to cultivate children's interest in environmental conservation through reading, discovering, and engagement in green activities, and nurture them to be environmentally-conscious adults.

Purposefully conceptualised, constructed and operated with environmental sustainability in mind, "My Tree House" is the first library in the world to be steered by green principles in all facets from design, infrastructure and use of sustainable materials, to collection and programming. Eco-friendly building materials such as energy-efficient LED lighting, refurbished bookshelves and carpets with green properties were used.

The canopy of the tree house centrepiece is built and installed with over 3,000 recycled plastic bottles collected from the public, schools and visitors to City Square Mall.

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