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Classic children's stories kick off Summer Reading Month

Reading classic children's stories such as "Adventures of Pinocchio", "Sleeping Beauty" and "Harry Potter", is not only fun but also helps stimulate children's imagination.

Presented by the Hong Kong Public Libraries of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), this year's Summer Reading Month begins today (July 24) and runs until August 23. The highlight is the Classic Children Stories Exhibition at the Exhibition Gallery of Hong Kong Central Library, which will bring audiences through time into the story wonderland to look for treasures of children's literature.

With interactive games at the exhibition, children and parents can venture out with Peter Pan in the "Adventure Bay", or explore the Eastern & Western mythologies and fables in the "Kiddy Jungle". In "Yummy Mummy Cottage", one will find literature works of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan while award-winning children's publications from all over the world will be featured in "Tribute Square".

Not to be missed is the "Time Museum" displaying masterpieces like Don Quixote, the Little Prince and Lord of the Rings. Children can also join the enjoyable live performances at the "Paper Hollywood".

A total of 40 programmes, including storytelling sessions, competitions, performances, children's movies and workshops are organised to stimulate children's interest in reading.

In addition, publications and souvenirs of the Hong Kong Public Libraries will be on sale at 25 percent discount at the Exhibition Gallery of Hong Kong Central Library during the Summer Reading Month.

Speaking at the opening ceremony today (July 24), the Assistant Director of Leisure and Cultural Services (Libraries and Development), Mr Michael Mak said that reading was vital for children as it could increase their knowledge and broaden their scope of vision and they should be encouraged to write more stories to develop their creativity.

"The Competition on Story Writing in Chinese for Students in 2004" jointly organised by the LCSD and the Hong Kong Children's Arts Society, held the prize presentation ceremony today. The award winners vividly demonstrated their stories.

The Summer Reading Month has 12 story-telling sessions in Cantonese, English and Putonghua. Children can also demonstrate their talents and creativity in the Competitions of Stories Drawing and Dramatisation of Stories. Finals will be held on August 18 and members of the public are welcomed to attend.

Co-organised by the Hong Kong Committee on Care for Children, the Paired Reading Talk for Parents has invited Ms Emily Mok to share her experiences in guiding children on reading.

A series of performances, including puppet and shadow shows, story magic show, drama and children's song sessions will be arranged for children and family. A number of workshops and film shows will also be held.

Other than the "Origami Workshops" and "DisneyHand Storytelling Sessions", most of the programmes take place at the Hong Kong Central Library. Admission is free but some of the programmes will need tickets. For details, please check the programme brochures available at all public libraries. Enquiries can be made at 2921 2646.

Ends/Saturday, July 24, 2004
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