SINGAPORE : A new library at Serangoon is making reading come alive, by having a gaming area to complement its books.
The first of its kind, the National Library Board said this is to make reading relevant in the digital age.
For example, you can read all about the fighter planes of World War Two at the library, and even fly one of those mean machines.
The four game stations in the new Serangoon Public Library will allow you to do just that.
Yang Qinli, an associate librarian, said: "We feel that through gaming, gamers can actually relate back to the books. So for example, someone who is playing games like WWII, he might be interested to find out more about the happenings or what really happened during WWII."
The game stations are part of the library's digital media zone, which includes videos and a digital book display.
Other highlights include heritage exhibitions and even a food corner that educates children on local fare.
Those who can't afford some leisure reading need not worry; the National Library Board said the library has adopted a 'retail' concept, such as having a multiple display area to enhance convenience.
Jillian Lim, manager of Serangoon Public Library, explains: "This allows our users to easily pick up materials, and borrow them and leave the library. This is relevant, especially in our time-starved age when many adults find that they do not have time to visit the library."
The public library will open on March 11 at Nex mall in Serangoon.