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Creativity and Innovation Resource Centre opens Thursday
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Creativity and innovation are essential in today's ever-changing society. In the classroom, in business, as well as in design and the arts, thinking outside the box has never been so important.

Now members of the public have a new reference centre to help them in their creative endeavours. Located at the 10/F, reference library of the City Hall Public Library, the Creativity and Innovation Resource Centre houses more than 1,500 reference books and journals dealing with creativity and innovative problem-solving skills.

The centre is a joint project by the Hong Kong Public Libraries of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Creative Initiatives Foundation. It is equipped with a reading room with seating for over 20, two computer terminals for Internet browsing and one Online Public Access Catalogue terminal.

The centre will be in full service from Thursday (November 27). It will open from 10am to 7pm from Mondays to Thursdays, and will close at 9pm on Fridays and 5pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

The centre's core collection is made up from the list of 1,000 works provided by the International Centre for Studies in Creativity of Buffalo State College. In addition, the centre will continue to acquire more literature, including Chinese books and audio-visual materials over time.

The centre also has a wide range of resource material dealing with children and young adults, including publications on educational leadership, arts in education, early childhood development, learning theory, multiple intelligence, motivation, co-operative learning, education for gifted children. Books such as "150 Ways to Raise Creative, Confident Kids" and "Awakening Genius in the Classroom" are a couple of examples of what is available for parents and teachers.

General reference books that will spur creative thinking and brainstorming in business and day-to-day life include "Creative Problem Solving for Managers" and "How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day".

Other books cover topics such as organisational development, team-building, management of innovation, creative leadership, product development, and paradigm shifts. These include "Lead Your Staff to Think Like Einstein, Create Like Da Vinci, and Invent Like Edison: 52 Powerful Real-world Techniques that Work", "Power Partnering: a Strategy for Business Excellence in the 21st Century".

Creativity and art are closely related. The collection on creative processes in the arts and creative people, for example, "Creativity and Madness: Psychological Studies of Art and Artists" and "Affirmation for Artists", are sure to spur much interest.

The Creative Initiatives Foundation is founded by the co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of DHL International (HK) Ltd, Mr Chung Po-yang, who not only is a patron of the arts, but is also proficient in calligraphy, painting, and photography. The foundation was set up with the mission of assisting charitable and government organisations, and community and business groups to solve problems creatively and to enhance their effectiveness and efficiency in more innovative ways.

For enquiries about the new centre and its reference materials, please call 2921 2672.

Ends/Friday, November 21, 2003
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