In Mandarin. Overview of the National Library in Stamford Road and its predecessor, Raffles Library. The segment from 1:53- 7:00 focuses on the children's section, which had 65,000 members at this time. The library conducted storytelling sessions to stimulate interest in reading. Librarians taught students how to use the reference section. To help serve our multiracial country, from 1957, children's books in other languages were acquired. Out of a children's collection of about 50,000 books, the Chinese books numbered about 14,000, Malay books 5,000, and there were about 4,000 Tamil books.
Also features a segment on the mobile library from 11:05 onwards. The popularity of the mobile library with children, with a record of 400 books borrowed in an hour.
Over 900 children a day use the National Library. The library also organized many special programmes for children, to "attract their interest, widen horizons, and educate in an interesting way". One example was a display on puppetry and a live puppet show by Philippe Genty, sponsored by UNESCO.
A half hour radio feature on "This Business of Books". It provides an insight into the reading habits of young schoolchildren, teenagers and adults in Singapore. It also contains excerpts of interviews with library officials, publishers, book-sellers, printing press production manager and educationalists on the business of books.
Speakers include Mrs Vilasini Perumbulavil, Coordinator of Children's Services at the National Library, Mrs Mavis Richards, who was in charge of Young People's Services at the National Library, Mr Patrick Mao, teacher-turned-General Manager of Federal Publications, Mrs O'Hara, Principal of Jalan Eunos Primary School, Michael Goh, Chairman of the National Book Development Council, Mr Roger Scott, Production Manager of Times Printers, Mr Donald Moore, a publisher.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared 1972 as the International Book Year. This is a recording of a panel discussion chaired by Deputy Secretary for Foreign Affairs G.G. Thomson and comprising Mrs Hedwig Anwar, Director, National Library; Miss Lee Tsu Peng from the English Department, University of Singapore; Professor Gwee Yee Hian, an Educationist; Mr Patrick Moh, President of the Singapore Book Publishers' Association.
The panel discussed the role of books, how to stimulate the appetite of children in reading outside text books, the role of the parent and the book industry in encouraging reading, how the environment contributes to enjoyment and frequency of reading. How a librarian should be less of a custodian and more of a promoter. The economics of promoting locally written and published books.
In Malay. This edition of Daily Digest touches on the importance of cultivating the reading habit in children by encouraging them to visit libraries. The National Library has a sizeable collection of children's books from Asia and Southeast Asia. These books help to expose children to stories from this part of the world. Some of them are on display in an exhibition at the Library at Stamford Road. The books will inform and educate children about ASEAN cultures. The programme also features an interview with Malaysian cartoonist Mohammad Nor Khalid better known as Lat.