Foreign Affairs

Singapore Donates 1,000 Children’s Books to Lao National Library

Singapore presented 1,000 children’s books, donated by the National Library of Singapore, to the Lao National Library in Vientiane on Feb 9.

The handover ceremony was held at the National Library between Ambassador of Singapore to the Lao PDR Leow Siu Lin and Director of the Lao National Library Khanthamaly Nhannouvong.

Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Bouangeun Saphouvong, Managing Director of the Phongsavanh Foundation Khamla Lorlonsy and relevant officials witnessed the event.

Mr Bouangeun Saphouvong appreciated the donation by the National Library of Singapore for the Lao National Library, noting that such donation will encourage more children to visit the library and thus improve their reading skills.

“When Ms Khanthamaly spoke to me in July last year about how the National Library was looking for suitable English books for children to add to its collection and to distribute to other libraries in provinces, I was keen to help. I am happy that the National Library of Singapore was similarly enthusiastic about this, and curated 1,000 such books from its collection to donate to Laos. I was grateful to the Phongsavanh Group, which generously sponsored the transportation of the book from Singapore to Laos,” said Ambassador Leow Siu Lin.

“I hope this contribution can help promote the love of reading in Lao children and improve their English language skills. As you know the Singapore government, through its Initiative for ASEAN Integration programmes, has focused on providing English language training for Lao officials. I fell that this contribution in some way ties in nicely with this objective by enabling children in Laos to have access to books in the English language through libraries in Laos,” added Ambassador.

This is the third of contributions from the National Library of Singapore with past contribution taking place in 2016 and 2018.

“These books will be disseminated to 10 provincial libraries and used for the Lao National Library’ mobile library teams,” Ms Khanthamaly Nhangouvong.

Source: Lao News Agency