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Hong Kong Public Libraries to celebrate "World Book Day"

The Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) will hold various activities on Saturday (April 23) to celebrate "World Book Day" and promote interest in reading.

Readers borrowing library materials on that day will get a free souvenir.

The day will start at the Lecture Theatre of the Hong Kong Central Library (HKCL) at 11am with the prize presentation ceremony for the "4.23 Book Reports Competition". Winning book reports from students will be displayed at the Foyer on the Ground Floor of the HKCL from April 23 to 30.

The book reports competition, which comprises Chinese book report writing and postcard design, was open to primary and secondary students. The book report writing competition consists of three categories – Senior Primary Session (P.4-P.6), Junior Secondary Session (F.1-F.2) and Senior Secondary Session (F.3-F.4). The postcard design was open to junior primary students (P.1-P.3).

There was an encouraging response to the competitions with more than 2,200 entries received this year.

"Hong Kong Reading Month 2005", jointly presented by Hong Kong Publishing Federation Limited, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Hong Kong Education City, Radio Television Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hongkong Federation of Youth Groups, will begin at the Exhibition Gallery of the HKCL at noon on Saturday.

The theme for the event is to encourage the public to know more about the world through reading. Professionals and celebrities have been invited to recommend books and share their insights on the joy of reading.

In addition, the HKPL has also organised a series of activities to tie in with Hong Kong Reading Month. For enquiries, please call 2921 2646/2928 4603, or visit the HKPL's website at . Activities organised for Hong Kong Reading Month can be seen on .

Ends/Thursday, April 21, 2005

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