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Hong Kong Public Libraries to celebrate 4.23 World Book Day

Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) will organise various activities to celebrate “World Book Day”on Sunday (April 23) and promote interest in reading. Readers borrowing library materials on “4.23 World Book Day”will receive a free souvenir while stocks last.

The celebrating events will be launched on Saturday morning (April 22) at the Lecture Theatre of the Hong Kong Central Library (HKCL) with the prize presentation ceremony for the “4.23 World Book Day Reading Report Competition 2006”. Winning book reports will be displayed in the Foyer on the Ground Floor of the HKCL from April 23 to 30 followed by a roving exhibition in 12 major and district libraries until July 2.

The competition, which comprises Chinese and English book report writing and bookmark design, was open to primary and secondary students. The Chinese and English book report writing competitions consist of three categories – Junior Session (P.4-P.6), Intermediate Session (S.1-S.2) and Senior Session (S.3-S.4). The bookmark design competition was open to junior primary students (P.1-P.3).

More than 2,600 entries were received this year.

Three talks will be held at the Lecture Theatre of the HKCL at 11.30am, 3pm and 6.30pm. The first is the “Talk on Book Appreciation and Review” hosted by columnist and culture critic Mr Shiu Ka-chun who will share his experiences of reading and book report writing with primary four to secondary four students and their teachers. The talk will be conducted in Cantonese. For enquiries and reservations, please call 2921 2660.

Professor Chung Ling, Dean of Arts of the Hong Kong Baptist University and renowned Chinese novelist Li Rui will share their experience in Chinese writing in the talk “Public Lecture: To Express Oneself Profoundly in Chinese Ideogram”. The talk has been organised by the International Writers Workshop of the Hong Kong Baptist University and co-organised by the HKPL, to be conducted in Putonghua and Cantonese. Enquiries and reservations can be made on 3411 7173.

Translation is not an easy task, but Professor Lung Ying-tai, renowned Taiwanese writer and culture critic will share her valuable experience in a Putonghua talk “‘Translation, Language and Culture’ Distinguished Scholars Lectures Series 2006: What German Feuilleton Reveals” jointly presented by the Hong Kong Translation Society and the HKPL. Admission tickets are now available at the Information Services Counter on the first floor of the HKCL. For enquiries, please call 2921 0285.

Ends/Thursday, April 20, 2006
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