More Than 86,000 Books Changed Hands At The Keppel Land-Sponsored NLB Book Exchange [Press Releases]
18 May 2013 – More than 86,000 books were given a new lease of life at this year’s Book Exchange, held at the National Library Building today.
Organised by the National Library Board (NLB) for the fifth year, this is an annual platform for people to recycle and share their treasured reads with other avid readers to get people to read more widely. Over the past three weeks, members of the public had brought their books to the NLB’s public libraries. For each recycled book, the public received a coupon which could be used during the event to exchange for another book. The Book Exchange has been sponsored by Keppel Land Limited (Keppel Land) since 2011, with increasing book donations from its staff, tenants and residents, from 1,500 used books in 2011 to 3,000 last year and 4,000 this year.
The Book Exchange was flagged off by Mrs Elaine Ng, Chief Executive Officer of the NLB, Mr Ang Wee Gee, Chief Executive Officer of Keppel Land Limited, and Mr Neil Humphreys, the event’s Reading Ambassador.
Said Mrs Elaine Ng, Chief Executive Officer of the NLB, “The Book Exchange has become a signature book recycling event which the public looks forward to annually. Since 2009, over 385,000 books have changed hands. This is a platform that brings people from all walks of life together year after year, and instils a spirit of sharing in the community. We also hope that this event will fuel the joy of reading as people have the opportunity to read more widely through the exchange of books.”
Mr Ang Wee Gee, Chief Executive Officer of Keppel Land, said, “As a company that is committed towards sustainability, Keppel Land strives to cultivate a green mindset among our staff and local communities. With our sharpened focus on environmental sustainability, this year, we have rallied residents of our waterfront properties, as well as our office tenants at our commercial buildings, to join in our efforts. On a staff involvement front, we are pleased that we have about 30 staff volunteers who have stepped forward to render their support during this year’s initiative.”
Source: Keppel Land