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Certificates for young readers and library volunteers

More than 120 participants of the reading programme for children and youth and library volunteers received merit certificates at the Hong Kong Central Library (HKCL) today (September 10) 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 Lee Yuk-man said the HKPL had organised a wide range of activities to promote reading.

He appealed to teachers and parents to not only share the fun of reading with children, but extend their scope of knowledge and enhance their language abilities.

The top fifty members who have read 1000 to 3000 books in the past year were awarded certificates today, with the youngest aged four and five-year-old Wai Tsz-yan who has read more than 3,000 books.

The most active participating schools in the reading programme were S.K.H. Yan Laap Primary School, Hong Kong And Macau Lutheran Church Primary School, Shek Lei Catholic Primary School (AM), S.K.H Tsing Yi Estate Ho Chak Wan Primary School and S.K.H. Lee Shiu Keung Primary School.

Some of the members also submitted creative book reports after reading and 45 of whom were awarded the "Book Report – Star of the Month".

The reading programme for children and youth received popularity in the community and has recorded a total membership of 73,000 at date. Applicants aged 4 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 with their parents.

To encourage more people to provide voluntary services, the HKPL has recruited volunteers aged 16 with F4 standard or above to support library services. A total of 29 library volunteers who have worked for over 100 hours in the past year were presented with special certificates.

Enquiries on the reading programme for children and youth and library volunteers can be made on 2921 2660.

Ends/Saturday, September 10, 2005

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