June 18, 2024

Library Visits and Travelling Exhibitions: The World of Heritage Conservation

Last week we spent more hours at the library. During these visits, we could also catch one of the travelling exhibitions of the National Heritage Board. It is ‘The World Of Heritage Conservation: Sneak Peeks Into Safeguarding Singapore’s National Collection’.

Travelling Exhibitions Singapore

Usually, we visit the public library frequently. But, those visits were simply to return and borrow books. We stay some time in the library and read a few books before coming back home. That was our usual routine of library visits. However, last week we were brave to spend a few hours in the library.

A few days of the last week were scheduled as home-based learning for my son where I also had to complete some papers for my higher studies. I knew it can be a disaster when my son wanted to focus on home-based learning and when I want to complete my research papers. Therefore, I thought of trying to spend at the library.

He always likes to return books at the book drop

Well, I knew that my son cannot stay long hours in a study area without making noise. We usually spend our time in the children’s area and it is kid friendly.

Therefore, before we visit I talked with him and prepared him for spending long hours. We booked seats for 3 hours. But, my son was free to go to browse books and join in other activities while I continue with my studies. He agreed and I wanted to try a day in the library to see what can happen! 🙂

Deepavali decorations at the library

A corner of the library was decorated with Deepavali festival greetings and relevant decorations. This is one of the best experiences in the library. It is always decorated with thematic celebrations or events of the month.

Deepavali decorations at the library

Our day was mostly successful although he still cannot speak softly in the silent reading area. He also did his home-based learning assignments and homework while going here and there when he was bored. (But, without disturbing other library users). 🙂 Below are some photos of the Ang Mo Kio library study area. The study areas are spacious, comfortable and silent. We booked our library seats online on the previous day before the library visit. Library users can book a seat for up to 3 hours.


Public Library has introduced a collectable card game named Book Bugs where readers can redeem cards when they earn reward points for reading books. This card game is to encourage children to read more books. My son has collected a lot of cards and it was fun for him to read more books when we visit the library. It was simply to earn reward points. It was a reason for him to join me daily to visit the library.

Reading about Book Bugs cards and characters

Travelling Exhibitions: The World of Heritage Conservation

We could catch exhibits on heritage conservation which shared information on painting conservation, paper conservation, object conservation, and textile conservation. These exhibits showcase the unseen world of conservation with tools and information on conservation. This is one of the travelling exhibitions of the National Heritage Board that spread awareness of Singapore’s multicultural heritage.

Therefore, our library visits were filled with new knowledge too other than knowledge from reading and studies.

Travelling Exhibitions
Travelling exhibitions at the library
Travelling Exhibitions
Travelling Exhibitions
Travelling Exhibitions
Left: Wheat starch paste for paper conservation
Right: Hake brushes used for surface cleaning during paper conservation
Travelling Exhibitions
Travelling Exhibitions

It was interesting to read about how heritage displays are taken care of. This is something I never thought of before until I catch this exhibition. This travelling exhibition shared great knowledge.

Travelling Exhibitions

A book to read

I found an interesting book on Jaffna which is the Nothern part of Sri Lanka when I browse the books at the NLB book exchange corner. This will be a good read during this month when I am free.

Our library visits were successful and we visited for 3 consecutive days. On each visit, we spent around 3-4 hours at the library.

The results

My son learned how to speak softly and how to study quietly without disturbing others

We found interesting exhibits and new reads

It was great mom-son bonding time

He learned the benefit of a library for reading books (sharing) instead of buying books and stocking his cupboard.

I could almost complete writing my paper while keeping him happy during the home-based learning period.

Now I know he can stay a few hours at the library focusing on some studies or reading. 🙂


On the 3rd day, I rewarded him with a surprise visit to the nearby Mcdonalds’ outlet. I like this outlet due to its beautiful landscape.

Beautiful landscape view

I had a coffee while he wanted Happy Meal and ice cream.

The happy boy in his McDonalds visit

It was a week spent with happiness. While we could complete our study tasks, we both had great mom-son bonding time too. 🙂

We visited the library and McDonald’s again/Check this post about Feeling Cards that we received from McDonald’s on that day.

Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi

Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi is the founder of this blog. She shares her parenting and lifestyle experiences of raising a child in Singapore.

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37 thoughts on “Library Visits and Travelling Exhibitions: The World of Heritage Conservation

  1. What a great few days you had at the library and very educational for your son especially. Sadly many libraries have closed in the UK as fewer people were reading books sadly. I think computers have had some part in this too. Thanks for sharing your time with us. Happy weeknd, Angela xXx

    1. A library is a great resource for any community. Yes, computers and even mobile apps have a negative impact on reading habits and also attention span. Sad to hear that many libraries are closed in the UK. We had great time together in the library. Thanks for visiting & commenting. Have a great weekend! 🙂

  2. Looks like you and your son spent some lovely time together at the library. When my boys were little I used to love taking them along to weekly story time and craft. Afterwards they would choose books and DVD’s to borrow. I have lots of special memories of spending time with my boys at the library. But that was a very long time ago!

    1. Library visits are beneficial for anyone. Glad to hear that you too spent time visiting the library when the children were young. We had great time together in the library and I hope I will be able to help my son to cultivate in this good habit together with reading. Thanks for visiting & commenting. Have a great day! 🙂

  3. Wow, your library has a lot more than the one in my little town. Those conservation exhibits are great. And your son does great. That MacDonald treat must be a great way to get him to be quiet and work. I love the photo when he is looking up. I hope you have a wonderful T day and week ahead Amilia. Hugs-Erika

  4. I really enjoyed learning about your library. when I was a child my mom took us there for activities too. I have never seen such a lovely landscape for a Mcdonalds restaurant-very nice Happy T Hugs Kathy

  5. Your library is fantastic, we just have a small one here. I’m glad your son enjoyed his time there, too, and the Mc Donald’s reward war surely wonderful. Glad you were able to enjoy time together. Happy T Day, Hugs, Valerie

  6. That sounds like a wonderful time at the library! I homeschooled my sons so we spent lots of time at the library when they were growing up. Our children’s section had a whole play area and we’d use that. We’d scour the shelves and pick out stacks upon stacks of books to take home and enjoy and it was always fun to check out our library’s changing art “museum.” They have one room where they change out the art work monthly and showcase different local artists.

  7. This post was much too long for me to read all of it but i did enjoy seeing what you and your son was up to.. There are alot of people to visit in the T party so i cannot linger long.. Here in the US most libraries no longer require you to be quiet.. I find it very irritating but i think they are trying modernize them to what people want these days… i cannot help but wonder how long libraries can hold on.. Happy T day! Hugs! deb

  8. Your library experience is both entertaining and colorful. Nice that they celebrate current events and also share new content. I read with enthusiasm about painting, textile, and object conservation. This was fascinating to me. Looks like your son and you enjoyed it , too.

    What a great way to reward your son. A happy meal, ice cream, and coffee for you. Thanks for sharing your trip to the library, heritage conservation, and your coffee with us for T this Tuesday, dear Amila.

    1. I am glad that you visited my blog and read this post.I like joining with T Tuesday. It is simply a fun way to enjoy blogging. We had a great time at the library and we continue our visits. This traveling exhibitions are always a good way to learn new things during our visits.

  9. What a fabulous post! I loved learning about your library and it looks like such an educational place, from the photos it looked like your son enjoyed it too 😊. Thanks for sharing and Happy T Day wishes! Hugs Jo x

  10. I love the idea of seasonal exhibits featuring cultural displays. Nice! It’s been a while since I went to our library, but I have fond memories of going there with my mother when I was a child and of taking my own kids when they were young. Libraries are such an important community asset.

    Happy T Tuesday!

  11. My dad used to take me to the library. He would do his work and I was free to roam around the library. We went to the library every Saturday when I was a kid. Such happy memories. I bet your son will love his library time with you, too. Happy T Day

  12. Looks like a great way to spend some time. I love my library and visit every week although we don’t have nearly as many books. Love the exhibits as well.
    happy Tea Day,

  13. Your library seems to be a wonderful place and I like that there is a study area where people have to be silent. I often eperience here that people – especially the high schoolers who come in after school – don’t really know how to behave in a library. When I was still at university – long time ago – I spent so much time in the library studying and loved it every day. Your son did a good job in studying and speaking softly.

    1. Thanks for sharing your memories and experience in libraries. I used to read and study in the library when I was in school and then at university. It is always a great place. And,now I do the same with my son with frequent library visits. Thanks for visiting my blog.Have a great day!

  14. I love a good library visit – we’ve got sooo many books in this house we practically are a library! Thanks for sharing and for linking up with #MySundaySnapshot.

  15. What a brilliant day out with lots of learning! Libraries are wonderful places. And I love the heritage exhibition, with all the information about conservation! I did my university degree in Art History, with some Book History as well, so have some very basic knowledge of conservation like this. Exciting! And nice to get a treat from McDonalds too 🙂 x

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