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HK Central Library to come alive with children's stories

Pinocchio, Sherlock Holmes, Kalle Blomkvist, Alice, Dorothy and an array of other characters in the colourful world of children’s stories will gather at the Exhibition Gallery of the Hong Kong Central Library (HKCL) from Saturday (July 23) to August 12 (Friday) to take children and parents on a magical journey.

The "Exhibition on Children Stories: A Journey to the Whimsy Kingdom", which is organised by Hong Kong Public Libraries of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, is one of the major highlights of "Summer Reading Month 2005".

"Summer Reading Month 2005" will feature over 50 interactive activities including a thematic exhibition, dramas, puppet show, film shows, workshops, storytelling sessions and competitions to stimulate children's interest in reading. It runs from July 23 to August 22 at various public libraries.

With interactive games and colourful decorations, the exhibition is divided into different zones for children to enter the adventurous world of fantasy.

After registration at the "Magical Immigration" to become one of the role-play citizens, participants can follow the map of the Kingdom to meet characters like Tin Tin, Dorothy and Pinocchio along the "Savage Rainforest" river.

Upon passing through the Warrior Viaduct of the "Enchanted Castle", children are invited to the world of fantasy, where the rabbit-hole will lead them into Alice's wonderland, passing through the wardrobe into the magical world of Narnia and onwards to Tom's midnight garden when the old clock strikes thirteen.

Children can leave the castle through the Defensive Bridge and take a rest at the "Fringe Bazaar" to enjoy the harmonica performance, puppet show, children’s play, fantasy story-telling, magic show and other live performances.

Those who enjoy science fiction can travel to the "Outerspace Mirage" where writers such as Jules Verne, HG Wells and Mary Shelly reside.

Not to be missed is the last stop of the exhibition -- the "Weird Wizard's House" where children can use their investigative skills to work with Sherlock Holmes, Master Detective Kalle Blomkvist and Detective "Dai-hoi" to solve the mysteries under the magnifying glass.

Another highlight of "Summer Reading Month" are the film shows to be held at the Lecture Theatre of the HKCL from July 23 to August 7. Films including "Raining Cats and Frogs", "Polar Express", "Alice in Wonderland", "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron", "The Way Home", "Robin Hood", "Pinocchio" and "Children of Heaven" will be screened.

Author Sun Wai-ling will speak on reading, how it acts as a catalyst for children's creative thinking in the "Reading Talk for Parents and Teachers". The talk, conducted in Cantonese, will be held at 3.15pm on Sunday (July 24) at the Lecture Theatre of the HKCL.

A series of family workshops including, “Music, Art & Play Workshops for Family” and “Stories Telling Workshops for Family” will be held at various dates at Activity Room I of the HKCL.

In addition, “Language Learning through storytelling” has been arranged in Tai Po, Tsuen Wan, Chai Wan and Shui Wo Street Public Libraries with Cantonese, English and Putonghua sessions; and “Drawing Workshop for Children and Their Parents” and “Drawing Workshop for Children” will be held at Ma On Shan, Chai Wan and Lai Chi Kok Public Libraries.

Admission is free for all activities. For some programmes, admission tickets are required. Programme details and admission ticket information are in the booklet distributed at all public libraries, or the public can call 2921 2646, or visit the website: .

Ends/Thursday, July 21, 2005
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