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New location for B:Read @ braid bar

Hi everyone! We’ll be at the braid bar again this weekend, Sunday 20th April, but the venue will now be Samo Furniture, Kiulap.

Come and enjoy our reading corner and our “pay what you want” books! From 11 am to 7.30 pm, and we’ll be there every 2 weeks until Sunday, 18th May 2014.


We'll be at Samo Furniture, starting 20th April

P.S. Have you been enjoying our weekly illustrations for braid bar on Twitter and Instagram? They are by our talented Jay Johar!

Used books for sale @ braid bar

Hello! In addition to our reading corner at the braid bar (which you can read about here), we have changed the “free library” concept temporarily to a “pay what you want” system.

This means that the used books provided at the reading corner will be on sale at any price you wish – 0 cents, 50 cents, $1, $3, whatever you think it’s worth! Money goes to our admin funds, we don’t take profit.

We’ll be trying it out this Sunday, 6th April 2014. Remember, it’s at the Kaleidoscope Gallery in Kiulap from 11 am to 7.30 pm, and we’ll be there every 2 weeks until Sunday, 18th May 2014.

See you there!

Our reading corner at braid bar. Shelves, cushions, and a deer - kind of.

Our reading corner at braid bar

B:Read reading corner @ the collective’s braid bar

Hi everyone! Has it been a bit quiet since our last swap? Then you might look forward to our reading corner at the collective’s braid bar & creative arts festival, every 2 weeks from 23 March to 18 May!

poster - the collective's braid bar

Our reading corner operates like our free library concept, so you can casually swap books or just hang around and read 🙂

Venue: Kaleidoscope Gallery, Kiulap
(Entry via Saffron Cafe, Shakirin Complex)
Time: 11 am to 7.30 pm
Days: 23 March, 6 April, 20 April, 4 May, 18 May (every two Sundays!)

Aside from our reading corner, there’s loads more happening with braid workshops and creative arts, check out the collective on their Facebook page or Instagram for more info!

See you there!

You too can foster a stronger reading culture in Brunei

It’s easy for B:READ to write about “fostering a stronger reading culture” in Brunei, right? The committee has managed to establish a presence and keep ourselves together for two years. We organise events, store hundreds of books, and keep talking to you guys on our Bookswap group on Facebook. Isn’t this what we do? We’re adding on to the noble work of the overworked teachers and underpaid librarians of the country.

That said, we have our limitations. Our schedules are not free; our resources are not bottomless. Our to-do list and mind maps of ideas will never be completely achieved. In truth, we could use your help in doing something quite simple to encourage a stronger reading culture – by ensuring there is a reading culture at all.

We know that you’re reading. You log into GoodReads regularly and can’t resist popping by the bookstore when you’re at a shopping mall. But do you have someone to talk to about reading? It’s completely okay to enjoy reading alone or without a community surrounding your hobby, but if you’ve never tried otherwise, we invite you to consider opening up the people around you to reading.

You don’t need to become a full-time reading evangelist. Where reading may otherwise be viewed as an outdated, anti-social or “smartypants” activity, let’s make reading more “normal” in Brunei:

1. Don’t be shy or embarrassed about enjoying reading

You don’t have to hide your inner bookworm!

  • If a friend asks you what you did on the weekend, and you spent a whole Sunday reading, don’t apologise about being “boring” – tell them what was great about the book!
  • Don’t worry about going into a crowded cafe alone and planning to spend your time quietly reading. Heck, cafes aren’t the only eateries where you can read. Don’t worry about bringing a book into a fast food restaurant or a food court. If you’re eating alone, you have the choice on how to pass the time; if you can do it by staring out the window, or browsing Instagram on your mobile phone, why not read a good book?
  • When a good friend is going abroad and has asked if you want anything, “a bestselling thriller from a book shop” is a valid request. Continue reading

Mabohai Bookswap

Mabohai Bookswap poster, 16th June 2013

Date: Sunday 16th June 2012
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Venue: 1st Floor, Mabohai Shopping Complex
(same building as Toys “R” Us, Supasave Mabohai)

The event is open to everyone! Bring some books to swap and have a chat with others.

The event includes books from previous bookswaps, check out the list of books here! We will be updating the list as books are checked in and out throughout the day:

If you’ve never been to our bookswaps, please read our FAQs: What is a Bookswap?

Activity Schedule

We will also be having activities for both kids and adults!

Time Activity
(11.00 AM – 6.00 PM)
Book swapping! (of course)
Continue the Story
6-word Stories
1.00 PM Judge a Book by its Cover game
2.00 PM – 3.00 PM Harry Potter fans meeting, including quizzes!
2.00 PM – 4.00 PM Face painting (by Fun Bee Park)
3.00 PM – 4.00 PM Dramatic reading performances
5.00 PM Judge a Book by its Cover game

So, you’re coming, right?

Much thanks to Mabohai Shopping Complex for this great opportunity!

If you’re on Facebook, do “Join” the event so that we know you’re coming! Feel free to invite friends and family too!

We look forward to your books (and you).