Four Conversations is an annual signature programme by the National Library where thought leaders share new possibilities for the future, while inspiring lifelong learning and the creation of new knowledge.
This resource guide was produced in accompaniment with the conversation: Living with the Pandemic.
While infectious disease experts acknowledge that countries may gradually ease restrictions on travel and social activities, it is not likely that life will go back to a pre-COVID-19 normal until a viable vaccine is developed. It has been predicted that working remotely, social distancing, enhanced cleaning measures and mask wearing will be in place until at least the end of 2021. Below are some resources on what life in the “new normal” might look like, and how we can cope with living in a pandemic.
This guide provides supplementary resources for those who are keen to further explore this topic. You can also visit https://search.nlb.gov.sg/ to search for more resources. If you would like to view other resource guides created by our librarians, please visit nlb.gov.sg/resourceguides/. Learning packages on various aspects of our lives under “A New Normal” can also be accessed at mobileapp.nlb.gov.sg/spotlight/a-new-normal.
This resource guide was prepared in September 2020 by Jacqueline Lee, a Librarian at the National Library, Singapore.
Chan, D. (2020). Combating a crisis: The psychology of Singapore’s response to COVID-19. World Scientific. Retrieved 2020, September 15.
Chan, D. (2020, August 1). Foster positivity amid COVID-19 challenges. Singapore Management University. Retrieved 2020, September 9.
Chan, D. (2020, July 4). How to make critical decisions amid COVID-19 pressures. Singapore Management University. Retrieved 2020, September 9.
D’Cruz, M. & Banerjee, D. (2020, August 21). A world for seniors: Practising social inclusion during COVID-19. FIT The Quint. Retrieved 2020, September 15.
Banerjee, D. (2020, August 25). Why mental health discourse must transcend the pandemic. Nature India. Retrieved 2020, September 15.
Why It Matters 4: Ep 3: How to survive a pandemic: How is the pandemic changing us? (2020, June 10). Channel News Asia. Retrieved 2020, September 9.
Coronavirus: How local communities support each other and keep the spirits up. (2020, March 17). DW News. Retrieved 2020, September 14.
Samuel, J. (2020). This too shall pass: Stories of change, crisis and hopeful beginnings. London: Penguin Life, an imprint of Penguin Books. Retrieved from OverDrive. (myLibrary ID is required to access the eBook)
Bregman, R. & Manton, E. (2020). Humankind: A hopeful history. London: Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved from OverDrive. (myLibrary ID is required to access the eBook)
Tanaka, A. (2020). The power of chōwa: Finding your inner strength through the Japanese concept of balance and harmony. New York: Harper Design. Retrieved from OverDrive. (myLibrary ID is required to access the eBook)
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COVID-19 Stories on NL Blog
Tan, R. (2020). Our Hawker Centres. National Library blog. Retrieved 2020, September 8.
 Khalik, S. (2020, July 5). At least one more year of living with COVID-19.The Straits Times.Retrieved from https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/at-least-one-more-year-of-living-with-covid-19