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July
Children's poetry kicks off Summer Reading Month

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This year's Summer Reading Month will focus on the imaginative world of children's poetry and rhyme.

The Children's Poetry and Rhyme Exhibition opens today (July 17) and runs until August 14 at the Exhibition Gallery of the Hong Kong Central Library in Causeway Bay.

A series of interactive games, activities and displays, such as the "Chinese Poetry Castle" that children can crawl through while reading poems, will encourage youngsters to develop an interest in poetry.

A total of 60 programmes, including performances, films, writing workshops, storytelling sessions and competitions will keep children occupied during the hot summer weather.

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department's Hong Kong Public Libraries has organised the activities with the aim of stimulating children's interest in reading.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Assistant Director of Leisure and Cultural Services (Libraries and Development), Mr Michael Mak, said children's poetry and rhyme had been chosen as the theme of the summer reading event this year. He said the various activities would help hold the youngsters' interest and increase their reading skills.

There will also be more than 20 storytelling sessions and "Story Angels" - a group of enthusiastic parents - will share their experience of storytelling and demonstrate different storytelling techniques.

In addition, authors including Frances Chan, Poon Kam Ying, Ho How Sim and Chor Wai have been invited to speak at the "Poetry Writing Workshop for Family" and "Poetry Writing Workshop for Children", on children's poetry appreciation and creative writing. Admission to the workshops, conducted in Cantonese, is free, but on a first-come, first-served basis.

Taking part in the session entitled "Reading Talks: Fly over the Rainbow" will be social workers, scholars, artists, DJs and columnists, who will share their views on trends, creativity and pop-music idols.

A number of competitions have also been organised for the children as well as film showings.

Admission is free for all the programmes. For details, please check the programme brochures available at all public libraries, call 2921 2646, or see the website: www.hkpl.gov.hk.

End/Thursday, July 17, 2003

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