Woods in the Books
Posted on August 15, 2019 by woodsinthebooks on blog!

Bookshop Reading

There’s been a time or two (or every week) where a customer wistfully looks over the counter at one of the bookshop elves and says, “You’re so lucky to work here, where you can just sit behind the counter and read all day.”

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Posted on August 8, 2019 by woodsinthebooks on blog!, Creative-Led Residency

This is Not a Book: Thoughts from Creative Resident Myra Loke

When I chanced upon This is Not a Book by Jean Jullien, I knew this was what I wanted to work with. There are no words in the book and the pages are images or settings with seemingly no relation to one another. It’s a great piece of material to provide both visual and audio stimulation to young children, and at the same time allows creativity and imagination to determine the premise of that stimulation. I wanted to also demonstrate to parents that there’s no need to buy many toys or books, they can use just one book to create many different stories that can stimulate the imagination in different ways.

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The Borrowers

Q: What’s the difference between a library and a bookshop? A: At the library you can borrow the books for a little while. At the bookshop you can borrow the books forever! Q: What do you think bookshop owners do in a bookshop? A: Sell books! A: Collect books! A: Take care of the books! […]

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Posted on July 31, 2019 by woodsinthebooks on blog!, blog!, Events, blog!, StoryTime in the Woods

StoryTime in the Woods | 亲子同乐之《蜡笔小黑》

Let’s open the crayon box! Why won’t the other crayons let the black crayon join in their fun? In a session that focuses on Mandarin oral communication and interaction, read a story, create a scratch painting, and bring a copy of《蜡笔小黑》home with you! This session supports parent-child language immersion and is friendly to non-Chinese-speaking parents.

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Book Review: The Everyday Journeys of Ordinary Things by Libby Deutsch and Valpuri Kerttula

Every day we are surrounded by ordinary objects and services that have been on the most extraordinary journeys to reach us — journeys that are all happening RIGHT NOW. Take a look around you. What do you see? Where does it come from? How did it begin?

Once you start noticing these extraordinary journeys, you’ll never look at the world in the same way again…

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Posted on July 23, 2019 by woodsinthebooks on blog!, Children's Street Trail, Little EcoHero, Little EcoHero, Little EcoHero: Take Charge and Protect Our Green Planet, Woods in the Books

Behind the wizard’s curtain…

Before the rainbow fun of 2019’s Yong Siak Children’s Street Trail could begin, the elves of Woods in the Books were hustling and bustling to make the magic happen. For years now, we’ve collected the cardboard rolls that thermal receipt paper is wound around. Each roll is made of thick, quality, long-lasting cardboard and we’ve […]

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Posted on July 13, 2019 by woodsinthebooks on blog!, blog!, Events

Yong Siak Children’s Street Trail

Collect a RAINBOW of fun at the Yong Siak Children’s Street Trail! Join in activities at each store to get stickers as you go! The annual children-only street event takes place on 21 July 2019, Sunday on Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru. 21 JULY 2019Sunday9AM – 5PM Tongue Twister FunSpin the wheel and play our […]

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Posted on July 11, 2019 by woodsinthebooks on blog!

Sweet Customer Comments

On days with lots of difficult customers, suddenly getting a sweet compliment can turn the day completely around. Here are some of the sweet words we’ve heard over this fortnight. You’ve got a really comprehensive range for a bookshop. Even specialist bookshops in Australia don’t have this kind of range. Lovely comments from a visiting […]

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Posted on July 6, 2019 by woodsinthebooks on blog!, blog!, Events

StoryTime in the Woods | 亲子同乐之《首先有一个苹果》

First there was an apple… What happens next? Listen to the story change as you remake it in a session that focuses on Mandarin oral communication and interaction and then bring a copy of 《首先有一个苹果》home with you! This session supports parent-child language immersion and is friendly to non-Chinese-speaking parents. Woods in the Books believes that […]

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Creative Residency Programme: Artist-Led Imaginative Play

Build, shape, create! Journey through an imaginative world of play that you help to make with Woods in the Books Creative Resident Myra Loke in a blend of story and play based on Laura Carlin’s A World of Your Own. In each parent-child bonding session, kids will learn to germinate their own ideas, hone creative […]

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Posted on July 2, 2019 by woodsinthebooks on blog!

Life Under Construction, Part One

If you’ve dropped by our shop in Tiong Bahru over the past few months, you might have heard the cacophony we have been living with nearly day in and day out. Woods in the Books is on the ground floor of an old shophouse and the people upstairs have been renovating.

Drilling, hammering, the electric whine of machines hard at work — these sounds are not uncommon to life in Singapore.

But somehow, the sounds of construction above us have come a little too close for comfort, even for Singapore. Sandbags dragging, chipping and scraping, all sounding like one thin wall away, except that the wall is the ceiling and the ceiling sounds very very thin.

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Posted on June 21, 2019 by woodsinthebooks on blog!, blog!, Events, blog!, StoryTime in the Woods

StoryTime in the Woods | 亲子同乐之《蜡笔小黑》

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Let’s open the crayon box! Why won’t the other crayons let the black crayon join in their fun? In a session that focuses on Mandarin oral communication and interaction, read a story, create a scratch painting, and bring a copy of《蜡笔小黑》home with you! This session supports parent-child language immersion and is friendly to non-Chinese-speaking parents.

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Posted on June 7, 2019 by woodsinthebooks on blog!, blog!, Events

Workshop: Lemonade, Money, Good Causes

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Can a simple glass of lemonade make a difference in our world? Find out how you can turn lemonade into social enterprise in this special learning journey with Swapnil Mishra, author of Freddy the Eager Fundraiser. Learn about budgeting, collaboration, and how to sell lemonade to raise money for a good cause*!

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Posted on May 30, 2019 by woodsinthebooks on blog!, Little EcoHero, Little EcoHero, Little EcoHero: Take Charge and Protect Our Green Planet

Little EcoHero 2019: Bags and Such

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Little EcoHero 2019 is in full swing! So far, we have begun our charge for a greener future by introducing a $1 charge on paper bags, setting up collection points at both Woods in the Books and Books Ahoy! for used paper bags, and we have more plans to come!

As our wonderful customers have responded to our calls for paper bags, some of you have asked if we’re worried whether our move to stop giving out our paper bags might hurt our brand.

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Posted on May 24, 2019 by woodsinthebooks on blog!, blog!, Events

Workshop: Lemonade, Money, Good Causes

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Can a simple glass of lemonade make a difference in our world? Find out how you can turn lemonade into social enterprise in this special learning journey with Swapnil Mishra, author of Freddy the Eager Fundraiser. Learn about budgeting, collaboration, and how to sell lemonade to raise money for a good cause!

For this workshop, you can get a special bundle of Freddy the Eager Fundraiser (U.P. $14.00) along with your ticket to bring home with you!

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