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Hong Kong Public Libraries to celebrate World Book Day on Friday

Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) will hold various activities to mark World Book Day on Friday (April 23) and readers borrowing library materials on that day will get a free souvenir.

Since 1995, April 23 has been designated by UNESCO as a worldwide day to celebrate books and reading. April 23 was chosen in commemoration of a number of world-renowned writers. William Shakespeare, the great poet and dramatist, was born on April 23, 1564, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, the author of Don Quixote, died on April 23, 1616. Other famous writers such as Maurice Druon, Halldor Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejia Vallejo were either born or died on April 23.

The HKPL has organised various reading activities including a prize presentation ceremony for the "4.23 Reading Book Reports Competition" at the Hong Kong Central Library on Friday. Winning book reports will be displayed at the Foyer on the Ground Floor of the central library.

The competition, which was open to primary and secondary students, had five categories - Junior Chinese Group, Intermediate Chinese Group, Senior Chinese Group, Intermediate English Group and Senior English Group. It aimed to increase youngsters' interest in reading and book sharing.

"Children's Reading Festival-Reading, Dreaming Hand-in-Hand" will also be held on April 23 at the Lecture Theatre of the HKCL. Local pop singer Kelly Chen will share the joy of reading with children.

On Tuesday (April 27), children will have the chance to meet a famous author of children's books. "Meet-the-Author: Ching Yeung, Russell" will be held at 6.30pm at the Lecture Theatre of the central library. The American-based Chinese writer will share with readers her English writing experience and the inspiration behind her award-winning novels, "First Apple", "Water Ghost", "Lichee Tree" and "Child Bride".

For enquiries, please call 2921 2660 or visit the HKPL's website at .

Ends/Wednesday, April 21, 2004
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