Hong Kong – Hong Kong Public Libraries to launch Summer Library Festival 2023 to share joy of reading (with photo)

Hong Kong Public Libraries to launch Summer Library Festival 2023 to share joy of reading (with photo)


     The Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) will launch a large-scale reading programme, the Summer Library Festival 2023, in July and August. With the theme “Nature Fun”, the HKPL will offer a diverse range of on-site and online activities for members of the public of different ages to discover the fun of reading and explore the abundant reading resources at public libraries.

     To cultivate children’s interest in reading, Storytelling Theatres and Story Sharing Sessions will be held at public libraries in various districts to enable children to experience the joy of story appreciation through interactive games, musicals or making story-related handicrafts. Storytelling Theatres and Story Sharing Sessions will be conducted in Cantonese, Putonghua or English.

     The HKPL will also organise a series of parent-child workshops, where parents and children will together create leaf collages, pressed flower bookmarks, toys with used materials, etc. Teenagers and adults can also participate in workshops designated for them, including the Leaf and Flower Pounding Tissue Box Workshop and the Nature-Inspired: Zentangle Bookmarks Workshop.

     Furthermore, an interactive storytelling device will take turns to be set up at public libraries in Tiu Keng Leng, Aberdeen, Lam Tin, Sham Shui Po, Tsing Yi and Yuen Chau Kok from mid-July to August. Members of the public can immerse themselves in different stories’ settings by controlling the avatar characters with motion detection devices and engage in story narration or be guided by the narrations of HKPL Story Ambassadors to complete interesting missions. 

     In addition, children can participate in online live workshops to learn drawing, make handicrafts and conduct simple scientific experiments. The HKPL will also organise nature-themed online reading clubs, subject talks, children’s book author sharing sessions and storytelling sessions. Videos about drawing techniques and handicrafts will also be uploaded onto the HKPL YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/hkplgovhkchannel) and the LCSD Edutainment Channel (www.lcsd.gov.hk/edutainment/en) in phases. 

     Public libraries in Southern District, Kwai Tsing District and Sham Shui Po District will organise activities on different topics in summer for participants to experience the fun of paper cutting and art creation; enhance their understanding and appreciation of Chinese traditional arts and cultural heritage in Hong Kong; and nurture children’s creativity and logical thinking, in order to encourage members of the public to make effective use of and learn more about the library resources in the districts.

     All activities are free of charge. Seat reservations or admission tickets are required for some of the programmes. Details of the Summer Library Festival 2023 can be found on www.hkpl.gov.hk/slf-en. Members of the public can also visit the “Reading is Joyful” Facebook page (www.facebook.com/readingisjoyful) and Instagram page (www.instagram.com/readingisjoyful) for more information on different events of the HKPL.

The most amazing libraries in the US to celebrate National Book Lovers Day 2022


Standing as proud symbols of the importance of education and community, libraries are cherished spaces that are also often rich in history and architectural delights.

Exuding tranquillity and peacefulness, they feel like they are a universe unto themselves, and can make perfect stops on any trip. Ahead of National Book Lovers Day on August 9, Lonely Planet has rounded up some of the most stunning libraries across the US to add to your bucket list of must-sees.

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New York Public Library in New York City

With 92 locations across The Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island (the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens are each served by their own library systems), The New York Public Library has provided essential access to books and information for more than a century. Founded in 1895, NYPL is the nation’s largest public library system, featuring a unique combination of 88 neighborhood branches and four scholarly research centers that serve more than 17 million patrons a year.  Housed in the iconic 42nd Street library and three other research centers, NYPL’s historical collections include Columbus’s 1493 letter announcing his discovery of the New World, George Washington’s original Farewell Address and John Coltrane’s handwritten score of “Lover Man.” 2016 saw the reopening of the beloved Rose Reading Room and Bill Blass Public Catalog Room in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, following two years of extensive renovation.

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Geisel Library at University of California San Diego in La Jolla

On December 1, 1995, The University Library Building was renamed Geisel Library in honor of Audrey and Theodor Geisel, (better known as Dr. Seuss) for the generous contributions they had made to the Library and for their devotion to improving literacy. The concrete, eight-story library has become the most iconic building at the whole college due to its beautifully brutalist look and its location, sitting at the head of a canyon near the center of the campus. In the tower, floors four through eight house much of the Library’s collection and study space, while floors one and two have service desks and staff work areas. The library hosts special events such as educational talks, performances, films and exhibitions. 

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Seattle Public Library

Since 1891, Seattle Public Library has grown from a single reading room in Pioneer Square to a world-class Library system with 27 locations across the city. The new Central Library at 1000 Fourth Avenue opened in May 2004. The 11-floor building contains an innovative “Books Spiral,” a 275-seat auditorium, and open spaces where patrons can meet, study, search the web or read. The Library has centers for children, teens and adult readers, along with expanded collections and a large computer lab. It also has underground parking for about 143 vehicles. The library hosts free events aimed at different ages, including English classes, skills workshops, family story time and readings by guest authors.

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Library of Congress in Washington, DC

The largest library in the world, this impressive institution houses over 173 million items including books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The museum receives up to 15,000 new items daily. As well as being the main research arm of the US Congress and home of the US Copyright Office, it serves as an awe-inspiring attraction for anyone passing through the capital. The centerpiece is the 1897 Jefferson Building. Gawk at the Great Hall, done up in stained glass, marble and mosaics of mythical characters, then seek out the Gutenberg Bible (c 1455), Thomas Jefferson’s round library and the reading room viewing area.

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Provincetown Public Library in New England

Erected in 1860 as a church, this simple and beautiful building was turned into a museum a century later, complete with a half-size replica of Provincetown’s famed race-winning schooner Rose Dorothea. In 2005, the town converted the building into a library, with one catch though: the boat, which occupies the building’s upper deck, was too big to remove – so it’s still there, with bookshelves built around it. Head upstairs to take a look! The inside of the library is bright, spacious and designed to retain the feeling of the grand open spaces of the former church. The library also incorporates much of the Heritage Museum’s collection into the building.

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Denver Public Library

The Denver Public Library system has 26 locations, including the Denver Central Library, located in the Golden Triangle District of Downtown Denver, and the colorful Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Brance Library at 1498 Irving Street, a building designed with community input as an incubator for growth, encouraging diversity and exploration. It includes music and media labs, computing areas, meeting rooms, learning plazas, study rooms and collaborative areas.

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Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University in Connecticut

Built in 1963, this astonishing piece of architecture is the largest building in the world designed for the preservation of rare manuscripts. The windowless cube has walls of marble that reduce the effects of light, while inside the glass tower are sculptural shelves of books, including one of only 48 surviving Gutenberg Bibles (1455) and original manuscripts by Benjamin Franklin, Charles Dickens and Goethe. The library is open on weekends when there is an exhibition. The library’s 50-year-old heating and cooling systems were completely replaced in 2015–16, and new classrooms added. In the center, a sunken courtyard contains sculptures by Isamu Noguchi representing time, the sun, and chance.

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Hawaii State Library in Honolulu

The Hawaii State Library System has 51 branches across its six islands, including the flagship building in Honolulu, located next door to the only Royal Palace in the United States. Built and opened in 1913, it has a fantastic section dedicated to Hawaii and the Pacific, as well as the Edna Allyn Room Children’s collection and the Federal Documents Section.

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Lawrence Public Library in Kansas

A community hub that believes in the power of shared knowledge, resources, and connecting with each other, Lawrence Public Library’s goal is to “provide a space where the community can learn, connect, create and grow”. Following a multi-million dollar investment, it now features a sleek glass exterior and a reading room that wraps around the entire library.

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Iowa State Law Library in Des Moines

The law library moved to its current location on the second floor of the State Capitol Building in 1886. Open to the public Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm (excluding state holidays), the Victorian-style grand hall is adorned with an intricately decorated tile floor which is paralleled by its ornately painted ceiling and stained glass inserts. Towering 45 feet in height, the entire library is flanked with book-lined alcoves. The ground floor houses a cafeteria and administrative offices.

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Libraries Tasmania Selects Preservica to Safeguard Public Access to Archives Collections

Preservica, a global leader in Active Digital Preservation software, has partnered with Libraries Tasmania in a multi-year contract to accept, preserve, and store digital government and non-government records as archives.
The ability to efficiently or effectively manage the 150TB’s of digital collections manually has become difficult, placing Libraries Tasmania at risk of not meeting required standards to ensure the ongoing preservation and accessibility of its digital cultural collections.

Preservica worked with local partner Document Management Tasmania (DMTAS) on the formal tender and procurement process. The digital preservation service will be hosted on AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) region.

The Tasmanian Archives holds hundreds of thousands of items of significant historical and cultural value, in various formats, that are actively degrading. These contain content unique and integral to Tasmanian history and must adhere to industry standards and compliance requirements to support business processes for the secure capture, storage, management, identification, access, delivery and long-term preservation of its digital collections.

“Our commitment is to preserve the continuing memory of Tasmania as the lead provider of history, research, and information services,” said Allegra Huxtable, Manager Government Archives & Preservation at Libraries Tasmania, Department of Education. “We are thrilled to partner with Preservica to preserve archives and heritage items to fulfill our legislated role as the keeper of Tasmania’s memory, and generate opportunities for lifelong learning, and cultural inspiration available to anyone around the world.”

The digital preservation system will form part of the State Library and Tasmanian Archives infrastructure that will support the receipt of transfers from Tasmanian State Government Agencies and non-government organizations’ of digital records in all forms, including digitized versions of hardcopy records as well as unstructured and structured born-digital records.

This also includes published digital assets acquired through legal deposit or purchase (where these items are not suitable for inclusion on the National E-Deposit System).

Public access to the Tasmanian Archives collections includes government records, private records, and cultural heritage items in a large number of formats including hard copy documentary items, physical items and their digital surrogates (digitized versions), audio recordings (including analog and born-digital), Film and Video (including analog and born-digital), maps, newspapers, and photographs.

Online access to digital materials has become increasingly important for many Australian government, academic, cultural and commercial organizations. Libraries Tasmania is part of a growing community of institutions using Preservica in the region including The National Archives of Australia (NAA), The National Library of Australia (NLA), the State Library of South Australia (SLSA), Moore College and many other government, cultural, and academic institutions.

We are delighted that Libraries Tasmania is part of a growing number of customers in our user community in Australia,” said Mike Quinn, CEO Preservica. “Preservica’s preservation system is a key part of the total environment needed to provide their digital collections with the best chance of long-term survival.”

Preservica’s digital preservation and discovery solution, Starter edition is providing multi-sized archives across the region with an easy, locally hosted way to preserve important records and showcase digital collections that document Australia’s rich history, ensuring content is kept safe and usable over decades are all automatically taken care of.

See if Preservica is a fit for you. Learn more about its library and museum archive software or try Preservica for free to create, preserve and share your first digital collection in minutes.

About Preservica

With offices in Boston, MA and Abingdon, Oxfordshire (UK), Preservica is changing the way organizations around the world protect and future-proof critical long-term digital information. Available in the cloud (SaaS) or on-premise, our award-winning active digital preservation software has been designed from the ground up to tackle the unique challenges of ensuring digital information remains accessible and trustworthy over decades.

It’s a proven solution that’s trusted by hundreds of businesses, archives, libraries, museums and government organizations around the world, including the UK National Archives, Texas State Library and Archives, MoMA, Yale and HSBC. Visit: www.preservica.com and Twitter: @preservica

Kate Forte
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