No. 99, February 2022
< The Little Book Box >
The National Library Board (NLB) launched a pilot delivery subscription service, The Little Book Box, in October 2020. The service was borne out of the popularity of delivery services in Singapore and busy lifestyles of parents, particularly during COVID-19, where demand for delivery services increased sharply. To help with the operating costs, the subscription service charges a nominal fee to the subscribers to receive a monthly selection of eight English children's books, which include a variety of fiction and non-fiction books. The books span a broad range of children's interests and are suitable for two age groups – from 4 to 6 years old and 7 to 9 years old.
With a collection specially curated by librarians for this pilot service, the subscription could cater to 1,000 subscribers on a first-come, first-serve basis. By subscribing to The Little Book Box, families would also enjoy a greater variety of reads with the books delivered in addition to their library membership loan quota.
The minimum subscription period spans three months and the loan duration for books under this service is 21 days (excluding delivery time). Subscribers could return the books at any of our 26 public libraries island-wide.
The Little Book Box has brought great convenience and accessibility for parents to get a variety of books for their children. This also boosts the children's love for reading and their thirst for knowledge and information. Since the start of the roll-out, the pilot service has an average of 1,000 subscribers and also garnered favourable response and positive feedback. Here's what our library patrons have to say about the service:
NLB will continue to innovate to provide convenient last-mile services to our library patrons.
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