Book Exchange 2012: Give a Book, Get a Book

One of the reasons why I so love the libraries here in Singapore is because of brilliant initiatives such as this one:

Easy-peasy Rules:

  1. Bring your books to any public library from 13-27 April, 11.00 am to 8.00 pm. On 28 April, books are only accepted at the National Library Building.
  2. Collect a coupon indicating a one-for-one exchange for the books accepted.
  3. Bring your coupons to The Plaza, National Library Building, on 28 April to redeem other books.

If you are wondering what kind of used books will be accepted for exchange, see the poster below:

We’ve exchanged around 15 of our used books now for coupons. Looking forward to having new ones this Saturday (at no additional cost to me). If you’re in Singapore, you can’t possibly miss this one. See you there!

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

7 comments on “Book Exchange 2012: Give a Book, Get a Book

  1. Fabulous initiative. Yay for the Singapore libraries!


  2. i envy you… Philippine libraries have nothing like this huhuhuhu


  3. Oh this is awesome. I think the one thing close to this in the U.S. Is and bookcrossing, but both involve mailing books.


    • Hi Janicu, I am thinking that this must have been a logistical nightmare for those who are doing the organization-end, but I have to say that my experience went smoothly. No long queues when you are about to ‘pay’ for the books you got with the coupons that you received. I also encountered no problem/difficulties when it comes to swapping my books for coupons during the time frame that they provided. Like clockwork, it all went smoothly. Amazing.


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