National Library Board (NLB) Launches A New Pop-Up Comics Library At Anchorpoint



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The fully self-service pop-up library at Anchorpoint will feature some 11,000 titles including ones in Mother Tongue Languages (MTL), and a children’s section. 

Venue: Anchorpoint, first floor near the main entrance

Manga And More At NLB’s New Comics Library

The National Library Board (NLB), in partnership with Anchorpoint, has opened a new pop-up Comics Library, with thousands of titles that will cater to all age groups. The Comics Library is a full self-service library featuring NLB’s Grab-n-Go service will open for about a year. This follows the success of the pop-up Manga Library at City Square Mall, which ran from February to August this year.

Located on the first floor near Anchorpoint’s main entrance, the Comics Library is adorned with playful and vibrant vintage comics, inspired by the pop art movement of the 1950s and 60s. The library, which is similar in size to the former Manga Library, will have dedicated sections for children, Mother Tongue Language titles, and a Reference Section for patrons to browse. Seating areas, including bean bags, are also available for patrons to use.

The Comics Library will comprise the full collection from the previous Manga Library, along with new additions as follows:

An English-Language Collection Of Popular Comics & Graphic Novels

Guardians of the Galaxy. Somebody's got to do it

Join Marvel’s sci-fi heroes – Star-Lord and his squad – as they unite to protect the cosmos from cataclysmic conflicts, dark gods, monsters, and more!

Superman. Vol. 1, The unity saga: Phantom Earth

Clark is now looking at the world through new eyes, with new ideas about what Superman could and should do for the city of Metropolis and the planet Earth. His first job? Getting the planet back out of Phantom Zone!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Armageddon Game: opening moves

After years of quiet preparations, one of the Turtles' most enigmatic foes, the Rat King, is finally bringing his long-simmering plan to fruition. Follow the teenage mutant ninja turtles as they embark on a dangerous quest to find allies against Rat King's trio of terror.

A Mother Tongue Language Collection Of Popular Comics & Graphic Novels 

龙猫 (Chinese Language)

Discover a comic adaption of My Neighbour Totoro, which tells the story of a professor’s two daughters, Satsuki and Mei, and their interactions with friendly wood spirits.

Siapa? (Malay Language)

A story of love and friendship, delve into the intertwined stories and relationships between Amy, Pinky, Azura, and Radzwil.

Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalaam: if dreams had wings (Tamil Language)

This is a graphic novel autobiography of Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalaam, a scientist, writer, poet, teacher, a visionary, and India's 11th president.

A Separate Children’s Collection Of Popular Comics & Graphic Novels (for ages 10 to 12)

侦探福尔摩斯(漫画版)惊天大劫案 (Chinese Language)

Join detective Sherlock Holmes as he solves the mystery of a train robbery! Chinese idioms used in the dialogue are marked out for easy learning, with mini-games on the side for readers to use and apply such idioms.

Nobita dan Pulau Keajaiban (Malay Language)

Nobita and Doraemon must fight a group of enemies from the future who want to snatch the powers of Golden Hercules, a beetle spirit, for illicit purposes.

Kalki's Ponniyin Selvan - New Floods (Tamil Language)

Ponniyin Selvan is a popular Tamil novel by Kalki Krishnamurthy. This novel, based on the Chola Empire, has been simplified into a 7-part comics collection for children. As the pinnacle of Tamil historical novels, Ponniyin Selvan serves as an entry point into the rich history and heritage of the Tamil world.

The library will carry 7,500 books for a start, and the collection will gradually grow to over 11,000 titles by early 2024, with 9,500 titles in English, 800 in Chinese, 400 in Malay, and 400 in Tamil, for adults and children to enjoy.

Grab-n-Go Library in a Mall

The Comics Library will continue to feature NLB’s Grab-n-Go service, an automated self-checkout service that gives patrons a seamless book borrowing experience. To check out books from the Comics Library, patrons can simply scan their ID to enter the space, pick out the titles they want to borrow, head to the exit gantry and scan their ID to check out their comics with ease.

Wallpaper Library & e-Read Screens

Photo Credits: National Library Board

The library will also have various offerings, including a new Wallpaper Library displaying QR codes so patrons can easily discover and borrow curated e-book collections in the comics, graphic novel, and manga genres. Additionally, the Comics Library will feature two e-Read screens for patrons to browse popular manga and comic e-titles on-site.



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Leona Quek
Blessed with 3 handsome and loving boys in her life. Two of them call her Mommy, the other calls her Wifey. Every night, she wishes for an early bedtime, but misses her babies as soon as they sleep.

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