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Young readers and library volunteers awarded certificates

More than 160 members of the reading programme for children and youth, docents and library volunteers received merit certificates at the Hong Kong Central Library (HKCL) today (September 11) in recognition of their reading efforts and services to the Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL).

Speaking at the certificate presentation ceremony, the Assistant Director of Leisure and Cultural Services (Libraries and Development), Mr Michael Mak said that the HKPL had been actively promoting reading through a wide range of activities.

Content of the reading programme for children and youth had been updated regularly to encourage youngsters to develop interest in reading, he said.

Mr Mak appealed to teachers for support and parents' participation to share the fun of reading with children, to extend their scope of knowledge and enhance their language abilities.

The reading programme for children and youth has recorded more than 50,000 registered members in 2003-2004. Applicants aged four to 19 can join the reading programme individually or through school. Children aged four to nine are encouraged to join the family category to read books in pairs with their parents.

Among the 50 members who were awarded gold certificates in the reading programme are three sisters who read more than 6,000 books in the past year. Two four-year-old children also read more than 900 books.

The most active participating schools were SKH Yan Laap Primary School, Shek Lei Catholic Primary School (AM), Hong Kong And Macau Lutheran Church Primary School, Hong Kong Baptist Convention Primary School and S.K.H. Yan Laap Memorial Primary School.

Children who participated in "Book Report—Star of the Month" had to submit book reports to share their views after reading.

To encourage more people to participate in voluntary services, the HKPL has recruited volunteers aged 16 with F4 standard or above to provide support to library services. A total of 49 library volunteers who have worked for more than 100 hours over the past year were awarded gold certificates.

To give people a better understanding of the library services and facilities, the HKCL recruits library docents to assist in conducting tours for visitors. Some docents who had served more than 100 hours at the HKCL were over the past three years awarded with certificates.

Enquiries on the reading programme for children and youth and library volunteers can be made on 2921 2660, for the Hong Kong Central Library Docent Programme on 2921 0563.

Ends/Saturday, September 11, 2004
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