SINGAPORE: While many Singaporeans have strong reading habits, more can be done to encourage locals to pick up reading, Minister for Communications and Information Dr Yaacob Ibrahim said on Thursday (Mar 3).
Speaking at an SGfuture engagement session, Dr Yaacob said some segments of the Republic's reading population "need a bit of beefing up".
For example, a study by the National Library Board found that young adults tend to use libraries less compared to other groups such as teenagers, he said.
A study by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) also found that while more people are now using library e-books, the number of people visiting libraries and the number of book loans have both declined steadily in Singapore since 2012.
Dr Yaacob said that a reading habit helps promote self-directed, lifelong learning among those of all ages.
To promote reading among Singaporeans, the Communications and Information Ministry and NLB will be launching the nation's first National Reading Movement later this year.
This nationwide movement is expected to see the introduction of new initiatives and the expansion of existing ones to encourage more people in Singapore to develop a habit of reading.