by Cheryl Tay
The National Library Board (NLB) and City Developments Ltd (CDL) plan to develop the world's first green library for children. It will, of course, be guided by green principles, from its design, use of sustainable materials and construction to collection and programming.
Called My Tree House, the library will be built within the Central Public Library in the National Library Building. Slated for completion by 2013, it will carry approximately 70,000 books, of which 30 percent will focus on green topics such as nature and the environment.
"Together with CDL and its partners, we are creating a special library that will encourage children to explore, discover and challenge their curiosity in learning and caring for the environment," said Elaine Ng, Chief Executive of NLB.
"It will help to nurture children to grow up to be environmentally conscious adults."
CDL, along with its partners, Royal Philips Electronics, ADDP Architects LLP and Interface, have pledged to provide the resources and expertise for the library, which will feature greenhouse gas-free carpets, LED lighting and eco-friendly construction materials.
In addition, the NLB will also work with other government agencies like the National Environment Agency (NEA), National Climate Change Secretariat and the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources to develop the property's collection and to use the library for outreach programmes and environmental education.
"Pioneering this children's library with NLB is the perfect amalgamation of CDL's green building expertise; commitment to greening private and public spaces; and, most importantly, raising eco-awareness among the young for the benefit of our community and the environment," said Esther An, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and General Manager for Corporate Affairs at CDL. Related Stories:OUE posts strong Q1 resultsFrasers, Prudential UK to acquire Compass PointSingapore hotel room rates on steady rise