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Fun exhibition on children's development begins Summer Reading Month

The fun exhibition "Children's Growth and Development - The Bugs' Community" launched the territory-wide annual popular library programme - "Summer Reading Month" at the Exhibition Gallery of the Hong Kong Central Library (HKCL) today (July 22).

With interesting images and interactive games to stimulate children to read more books, the exhibition presents different realms of knowledge in various stages of childhood with respect to ethics, intellect, physique, social skills and aesthetics.

Presented by the Hong Kong Public Libraries of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), the "Summer Reading Month 2006" features a thematic exhibition with more than 50 interactive outreach fringe activities including dramas, puppet shows, film shows, workshops, storytelling sessions and competitions to enhance children’s interest in reading and creativity. It runs from today to August 21 at various public libraries.

"The Competition on Story Writing in Chinese for Students in 2006", jointly organised by the LCSD and the Hong Kong Children’s Arts Society, also held the prize presentation ceremony today.

The competition was well-received with about 2,900 entries and the award winners vividly demonstrated their stories.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the prize presentation, the Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Libraries, Professor Lee Chack-fan pointed out that children’s minds were full of bold and unconstrained ideas.

"Given careful guidance and constant encouragement from parents and teachers, they have every chance to become writers creating extraordinary stories," he said.

He added that the winning entries this year such as "Mama? A Pig!" which imagined a mother being turned into a pig and "Memories of an Old Tenant" which recounted interesting things of the past were full of creativity and imagination.

At the "Children's Growth and Development - The Bugs' Community" Exhibition, visitors can start with the “Busy Bees’ Kindergarten” where picture books on the virtues of patience, confidence, respect, generosity and forgiveness are being featured. A trip to the “Ladybugs’ Playground” will show how to become a fit and healthy kid with a balanced diet and exercise.

"Ants' Sweet Home" will give children a grasp of how to get along with people with proper table manners and social skills. At the beautiful "Butterflies' Studio", children can explore the meaning of colours and develop a sense of creativity through picture books and poetry.

After an enchanting journey, parents and children can take a break at the "Reading Boat" to share the fun of reading or take a rest at the "Performance Stage" where lively performances of harp playing, musicals, magic and puppet shows as well as the dramatisation and creative drawing competitions are being held.

Another highlight is film shows to be held at the Lecture Theatre of the HKCL from tomorrow (July 23) to August 20. Films including "Running Stripes", "Shrek", "Animation & Shorts", "Madagascar", "Quill", "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" will be screened.

A subject talk on "Reading and Children" will be held at the Lecture Theatre of the HKCL at 3pm on August 13 by the Assistant Director of the Centre for Children Development of the Hong Kong Baptist University, Ms Anna Hui sharing her experience on creativity and children’s development. The talk will be conducted in Cantonese.

Twelve sessions of "Language Learning through Storytelling" in Cantonese, English and Putonghua have been arranged at Ngau Tau Kok, Tai Po, Shek Tong Tsui and Fanling Public Libraries.

A series of family workshops including, "Multiple Intelligence Workshops for Parents and Young Children", "How to Deliver Speeches" and "Creative Workshop for Parents and Children", will also be held at various libraries.

Suggested booklist for distribution and book exhibition on the subject of children's growth and development is also available for the public.

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/Saturday, July 22, 2006
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