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It’s Not Just About Magic – Howl’s Moving Castle


This isn’t just about walking across the sky. From a door that leads to different predetermined destinations, to a ring that can point a person in the right direction, and a fire demon that powers the castle to move across great distances. Besides those mentioned, there are many more charming elements contained within Diana Wynne JonesHowl’s Moving Castle besides the charismatic protagonists, Sophie Hatter and Howl Jenkins Pendragon.


First published in 1986, Howl’s Moving Castle is the first of a trilogy of books.

Here’s a summary:

Sophie Hatter lives in a land where many fairy tales are accepted as true and the moving castle at the outskirts of town is just another part of normal life. However, Sophie’s normal life is turned upside down when the Witch of the Waste visits Sophie’s small hat shop and puts a curse on her, turning her into an old woman. Now Sophie must leave her hat shop in search for a cure for her curse. Along the way Sophie meets a fire demon, Calcifer, and the wizard, Howl, who is rumoured to eat women’s hearts. Will Sophie ever be free of her curse?

Check out the activities we have for you this coming week.

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On Craft Tuesday, you will get a chance to create your own mini fire demon, Calcifer!


The book was adapted into an award-winning animated film in 2004 by Studio Ghibli, famous for many animated films such as Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea.


Don’t miss out on the movie screening on Thursday!



Books and films aren’t just for entertainment. There are always lessons to be learnt and that applies to Howl’s Moving Castle as well. One of the most important is…

“Appearances don’t matter, what you have inside does.”

Sophie is cursed to become an old woman. The Wizard Howl is a selfish narcissist. There is continuous surprise in discovering that the exterior appearance of the characters does not always coincide with their nature. There are many factors that can change the how a person looks, but you just have to trust the good that is inside of a person no matter how they may look.


Do look forward to a week of wizardry and the fantastic, and do remember that there’s a  quiz on Friday!

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The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

It’s the last week of school and here’s what the library has lined up for you!

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The Jungle Book, written by English author, Rudyard Kipling, has had many adaptations since it was first published in 1894. That was 124 year ago! 

The Jungle Book tells the story of little Mowgli, a village boy who falls into the hands of a pack of wolves who raise him as their own in the Indian jungle. As he matures he starts to understand the ‘Law of the Jungle’ and the book follows his many adventures alongside the myriad creatures around him. Those include Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther, who become his tutors and protectors.

Some of the many adaptations of The Jungle Book are Disney’s 1967 animated version, and its most recent is the 2016 live-action remake. Watch the trailer below.

Film synopsis:
The film adaptation tells the story of Mowgli, an orphaned human boy who, guided by his animal guardians, sets out on a journey of self-discovery while evading the threatening Shere Khan.

The movie will be screening this week, and all library activities will be related to the series.

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So join Mowgli and his animal friends on his journey this week at the library!


Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The exams are over! Hurrah! Let’s return to the library and see what’s in store for everyone this week!

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Beacons love this series. Why do I say that? Well, I noticed that there will always be at least one pupil in a class reading this book. It is probably for the clever and humorous way award-winning author, Jeff Kinney, writes about something most people can relate to — fitting in.

It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.

So let’s see how the book looks like after being adapted into a movie.

The movie will be screening this week, and all library activities will be related to the series.

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So do drop by and unwind after a stressful week of exams!


Meet the author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney

Are you a big fan of the series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid?

Have you ever thought of meeting the series’ author, Jeff Kinney?


Well here’s some good news because Jeff Kinney will be in Singapore from 18th to 20th October for The Getaway World Tour!

We have found two ways for you to meet him but registration is required. Check out the details below!

Method #1


Catch author Jeff Kinney live in action as he draws and shares his cheery stories about the lovable Wimpy Kid.
Goodie bags, book signing, games and lots of fun for everyone.
Questions for Jeff? Provide them in the comments below, and come hear his answers for you

The Getaway World Tour
Meet Jeff Kinney
Author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid
18 Oct 2017, Wed, 11am
Our Tampines Hub

Sign up for free but seats are limited, so hurry!

Method #2


RSVP now at to catch Jeff Kinney, the author of the ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ series @ POPULAR Brash Basah Complex on 18 October, 4pm and have all your books autographed by him.

This event is open to all, participants who have pre-ordered the ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway’ will get priority entry!

All participants will also receive a $5 POPULAR voucher!

T&Cs apply.

Have fun!