(B)Read-A-Long #3: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Time to alohamora those dusty Harry Potter books or begin reading the books as the third (B)Read-a-Long delve into the first of the magical series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone!

For our third (B)Read-a-Long (and 2014’s first!), we will be reading the wonderful introduction to the most brilliant series to ever exist in the fantasy genre, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling!

For the two weeks of the (B)Read-a-Long, we will open a new post for discussion on the B:READ Bookswap page. We encourage participants to chip in and discuss the book. It doesn’t have to be a literary breakdown or analysis. We are happy if you contribute with a “<3″ or a </3″!


Week 1 — 16 to 22 June 2014: CHAPTERS 1 TO 8
Week 2 — 23 to 29 June 2014: CHAPTERS 9 to 17

Participants are required to fill in a form here!

You can find a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone either on your own bookshelf or at your local Best Eastern!

Check our FAQs to find out more about (B)Read-a-Long.

B:Read Free Library at Blitz Yogurt!

After its launch last year at Gloria Jean’s Coffees Citisquare, we are happy to announce another location you can find for our Free Library Initiative: Blitz Yogurt at Mabohai Shopping Complex!

You can find around 20 books on the shelf inside the shop ranging from fiction to non-fiction and genres suitable for both children and adults. So, why not nourish your body and mind with a book and some frozen yogurt?

How does the Free Library work? Feel ‘free’ to pick up a book! The fun doesn’t stop there, though!

  • You can read it while enjoying your frozen yogurt and treats in the shop, OR
  • You can also bring it home and return it at a later date, OR
  • If you enjoy the book so much, you are encouraged to keep it and swap it with your own book from your own personal shelf.

This is similar to our bookswap system! We’re just making this available on an everyday basis instead of holding bookswap events all the time!

The books will be replenished once every month, so expect new books on the shelf regularly!

What kind of books should you give back? We would like to remind you to please not ‘cheat’ and swap the books with textbooks, outdated books (e.g. Horoscopes 2010, Best British Universities 2002), or books in unreadable condition. Rule of thumb: If it’s not a book you would have ever picked up to read, it’s probably not a good fit; try a different book!

We believe that reading should be made available for everyone, and we hope that alongside our Bookswap events, our Free Library can provide you with more options that cannot either be found in local libraries or bookshops, all at a free or swap cost.

We would like to give our thanks to Blitz for giving us the opportunity to expand our initiative!

If you’re an owner of a cafe or restaurant and is interested in having our Free Library in your premise, feel free to contact us!

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!