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NLB pilots children’s book subscription service delivering eight books a month

SINGAPORE — The National Library Board (NLB) will be rolling out a new children’s book subscription service from November.

The new children's book subscription service, called The Little Book Box, has a monthly fee of S$10.70, inclusive of GST.

The new children's book subscription service, called The Little Book Box, has a monthly fee of S$10.70, inclusive of GST.

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SINGAPORE — The National Library Board (NLB) will be rolling out a new children’s book subscription service from November.

It said in a statement on Thursday (Oct 1) that patrons can sign up for the service from Friday. The service, called The Little Book Box, has a monthly fee of S$10.70, inclusive of Goods and Services Tax.

Customers can expect to receive a curated selection of eight English children’s books, which will be picked from a variety of fiction and non-fiction books.

The books will cover a range of children’s interest and are catered for two age groups: From four to six years old and seven to nine years old.

The pilot subscription service will run for nine months and end next July. It will be capped at 1,000 subscribers and is available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

A minimum subscription period of three months is required. The subscription will then be automatically renewed for another three months unless terminated.

The loan duration for books received under the service is 21 days excluding the delivery time. Subscribers can return the books at any of the 25 public libraries islandwide.

NLB said that the subscription does not fall within the usual library loan quota, so subscribers can continue to borrow up to 16 books from the library.

Overdue fines will be incurred as usual for late returns.

To ensure that the service is accessible to low-income families, NLB has partnered with The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund to sponsor up to 200 children from low-income families for the nine-month subscription service.

In a survey done earlier this year to find out from patrons whether there was a demand for such a service, a majority of the 2,000 respondents were receptive to the idea, NLB said.

It will consider extending the service beyond July next year and expand the scale of the service, depending on the response to the pilot.

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