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Hong Kong Public Libraries support World Book Day

Readers borrowing library material from any Hong Kong Public Library today (April 23) will receive a free souvenir as part of "World Book Day". The Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) has organised various reading activities to celebrate "World Book Day".

Celebrations began this morning with the prize presentation and launch of an exhibition of winning entries in the "4.23 Book Reports Competition" held at the Hong Kong Central Library (HKCL).

Speaking at the ceremony, the Acting Assistant Director of LCSD (Libraries and Development), Mr Lee Yuk-man said the competition received an overwhelming response with more than 2,200 entries this year from 400 schools.

Renowned writers of children and young adult literature from Hong Kong and Mainland China, Ms Poon Kam-ying and Mr Ren Yong-yong also shared their views and reading experience with children.

The competition, which comprised Chinese book report writing and postcard design, was open to primary and secondary students. The Chinese book report writing 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).

Winning works from postcard design and Chinese book report writing competitions will be displayed at the foyer on the Ground Floor of the HKCL from April 23 to 30 and at 12 major and district libraries by categories from May to July.

In addition, the "Hong Kong Reading Month 2005", jointly presented by Hong Kong Publishing Federation, LCSD, Hong Kong Education City, Radio Television Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hongkong Federation of Youth Groups, was launched at the Exhibition Gallery of the HKCL at noon today. The programme aims to promote the reading atmosphere in Hong Kong.

The HKPL has also held a series of activities to tie in with the Hong Kong Reading Month. For enquires, please call 2921 2646/2928 4603, or visit the HKPL's website at . Activities on the reading month can be seen on .

Ends/Saturday, April 23, 2005

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