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Conference on Libraries Transform 2016 – Afterthoughts for Let’s Talk 1

Banner for Libraries Transform 2016

We haven’t done the ‘blog’ or ‘event write-up’ thing for a long while – it’s really a shame! Here I am with fresh thoughts from attending the Brunei Darussalam Library Association‘s Conference on Libraries Transform last month.

B:Read was invited to speak for the Let’s Talk session on “Community”. The topic was, specifically: “How do we increase traffic between Libraries and Bookshops and Reading Clubs“.

(Side note: Yes, many people still refer to us a book club, which we are not. We are a non-profit group who initiate or organise different reading-related activities, which could include book clubs. The closest thing we have to a book club are the (B)Read-A-Longs. But I think it’s ok for us to represent the reading community, in this particular context.)


Heading: Reading Communities

I spoke a lot but had only four slides! Here are my slides that were related to the topic…

I hoped I wasn’t being presumptuous about the ‘obvious’ in the first slide; like it’s just a given when we’re talking about books in Brunei:

  • The selections are limited
  • The prices aren’t great
  • Bookstores and libraries need to step up on how welcoming and accessible they are

(On that last point, many readers dream of beautiful and comfortable libraries, but I’d also love to see whether the opening hours of our public libraries can be extended!)

To expand a bit on the second slide, as I do believe it is less obvious…

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World Book Day 2016 – Interactive Weekend

World Book Day - Interactive Weekend

World Book Day – Interactive Weekend

It’s the final week of book donations for World Book Day 2016! Thank you so much to those who have donated books, shared and reposted our event, or taken part in any way. We’re nearly there! Book adoptions start this weekend AND we’ve got a line-up of activities for you. 😀

Book Adoption

Sun 17th Apr 2016 – Sun 24th Apr 2016
Book Adoption Period
with ‘Continue The Story’ by B:Read

Books will be available for adoption at The Energy Kitchen, Kiulap – open 7.00 am to 10.00 pm every day. You may now also donate books during the adoption period! FAQs for both donations & adoptions are here!

Interactive Weekend

All weekend activities will be at The Energy Kitchen!

Fri 22nd Apr
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm: Book Meet by B:Read – comment to let us know if you’re coming, it’s optional, but helpful for us! 🙂
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm: B:Read 1K Giveaway – Prize Collection Period

Sat 23rd Apr
1.30 pm – 5.30 pm: Writer’s Jam by Heartwrite – sign up here
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm: Quizzes by B:Read
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm: B:Read 1K Giveaway – Prize Collection Period

Sun 24th Apr
10.00 am – 2.00 pm: Writer’s Jam by Heartwrite – sign up here

We’ll continue to update information on activities throughout these 2 weeks. 🙂

World Book Day 2016 – Donation & Adoption FAQs

Donation Box at Piccolo Cafe - thanks for the donations so far!

Donation Box at Piccolo Cafe – thanks for the donations so far!

For our World Book Day 2016 event, we have put a few rules in place for Donations & Adoptions – this is not just an opportunity to “get rid of your old books”!

The purpose of the book adoption is to encourage the reading community to share (good) books with one another, while also giving opportunities to those who may not have the means to buy books. So please respect the rules, as it makes a better experience for all of us 🙂

Rules for Donation

  1. How many books can I donate at a time?
    No more than 10 at a time, during donation period (19th March to 16th April) only.
    Edit: You can now also donate books during the adoption period (17th April to 24th April) – thank you!
  2. What types of books are accepted?
    Fiction and non-fiction, in any language. Includes children’s books.
    We will NOT accept school textbooks, magazines
  3. What condition of books is accepted?
    Books in used/pre-loved condition is fine, but only if they are still readable, with pages intact.
  4. What is the process to donate books?
    Just drop off books at our drop spots during the donation period! You may also leave a short note to explain what the book meant to you, or your wishes for the next book owner.

Rules for Adoption

  1. How many books can I adopt at a time?
    Each adoptee can take no more than 5 books each day, during adoption period (17th to 24th April) only.
  2. What is the process to adopt books?
    Just come to The Energy Kitchen during the adoption period, and browse books from the bookshelves! You can leave a note to the World Book Day team if you wish 🙂
  3. Is anything else happening during the adoption period?
    Throughout the week we’ll leave up our community activity “Continue The Story” for anyone to read or contribute to. We also have weekend events on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th April that are open to join – more info about them here!


  1. After the adoption period, what will happen to leftover books, if any?
    We hope there won’t be any leftovers! But if there are, some books may be donated to a school, some may be recycled or donated for arts & crafts uses (yup we’re gonna cut ‘em up!), and others will go into B:Read’s pool of books for free libraries and bookswaps.
Donation Rules at one of our drop spots

Donation Rules at one of our drop spots

If you have any further questions, you may ask at @worldbookdaybrunei on Instagram, or any of B:Read’s social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). You may also contact us at

(Link to this page:

Amazing Reading Race: Final

Poster for Amazing Reading Race Final

Our AMAZING READING RACE went along just swimmingly last Sunday! Thanks to teams for your patience and enthusiasm throughout the drop-in races. Check out our photos and updates on our Instagram and Facebook.

We’re pleased to announce the TOP 5 TEAMS who will be competing in the Final this Sunday!

  1. #MockingJayDuo
  2. The Crews
  3. Elemonators
  4. xy
  5. #Hulky

(A shout-out here to Backstreet Girls, who unfortunately had to drop out of the Final, leaving #Hulky to take their place)

Come along to cheer for your favourite team! 🙂

Grand Finale

Date: Sunday 21 December 2014

Time: 3pm – 5pm


Jerudong Park Gardens, part of Edutainment Wonderland. (Near JP Amphitheatre)

Race starts from Bruneians Read (B:READ) booth located in first tent near the main entrance of Edutainment Wonderland.


Up to $1,000 worth of prizes up for grabs in the final race from Baiduri Finance, Thebooktiquebn, Erosphilia, Enya Bijoux, FHZ Couture, Heartbead, Hs_colormadness, Tiqs Homemade Sushi, neonttwist, Nollybook, Rajka’s Kitchen and more!

1st Place: Books, cash, jewellery and vouchers from online vendors (worth up to $350)

2nd Place: Books, jewellery and vouchers from online vendors.  (worth up to $300)

3rd Place: Books, jewellery and vouchers from online vendors. (worth up to $250)

4th & 5th Place: Books, jewellery, vouchers from online vendors. (worth up to $50)


Prizes By

Baiduri Finance

Tiq's Homemade Sushi Heartbead Jewellery HS_COLORMADNESS


Nollybook Shop More Books The Booktique BN


Dope & Diamonds BN Enya Bijoux Truffle Moments


Kraytion Co. EROSPHILIA neonttwist


FHZ Design Rajka's Kitchen Pronto

Bookswap: Wonderful World of Books

Wonderful World of Books

Hey ya’ll! 

We’re pleased to announce the return of our bookswap on the 2nd November 2014 at Mabohai Shopping Complex. That’s only a week away! 

  • Venue: Event Stage, 1st Floor, Mabohai Shopping Complex
    (same building as Supasave, Toys ‘R’ Us and Starbucks)
  • Time: 11am to 6.00pm

You can keep updated with us on our social media (especially our Facebook and Instagram) for more announcements!

Mabohai Shopping Complex will also be holding other reading-related activities on the same weekend, so do visit Mabohai’s Facebook for more information.

See you there! 

Planned activities

Sat 1st Nov 2014:

  • Book Fair: Sale and exhibition of rare books, graphic novels, collections and pre-loved books. (Organised by Mabohai)

Sun 2nd Nov 2014:

  • 10 am – 12 noon: Kids’ Colouring Competition & Dress-Up Activity (Organised by Mabohai)
  • 11 am – 6 pm: Bookswap and other activities (Organised by B:Read):
    • Amazing Reading Race
    • Dramatic Readings
    • Storytelling for Children
    • Speedswap
    • Book Meet