Frequently Asked Questions
Thematic Block Loan to Kindergartens
Q1. What is “Thematic Block Loan Service to Kindergartens”?
A1: The Thematic Block Loan to Kindergartens is launched by the Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) to further promote a reading culture to children, families and kindergartens. Books with diverse subjects are categorised under six themes, namely Sense & Sensation, Concepts, Poetry & Rhymes, Art & Creativity, Emotion & Social Skills, and Early Readers. Thematic book sets are available for loan by kindergartens, so that children can have an opportunity to enrich their reading experience by accessing and reading different kinds of books.
Q2: How can kindergarten teachers apply for this service?
A2: A kindergarten is required to submit a duly completed “Application Form for Thematic Block Loan to Kindergartens”, which indicates its choice of thematic book set (one out of six), to a frequently visited or nearby public library. For new application for Block Loan Service or this Service, a duly completed “Library Card Application Form” should be submitted together with a copy of its certificate of registration for processing of library card application. Child care centres are also eligible for this service.
Upon approval of the application, the library will contact the kindergarten for arranging the block loan and free delivery service, and the loan period is two months. The thematic book set may be renewed if it is not reserved by other kindergartens by the due date. The library may consider adjusting the arrangements, such as the number of thematic book sets available for loan and the loan period having regard to individual circumstances. For enquiries, please contact our Librarians.
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Q3: If a kindergarten has already borrowed books from a public library, can the kindergarten apply for the thematic block loan?
A3: Yes, please contact our Librarians for details.
Q4: How can kindergarten know the titles for each theme for borrowing?
A4: To facilitate kindergarten teachers to choose suitable themes, the book lists of the six themes have been uploaded to the library webpage (www.hkpl.gov.hk/outreach). By clicking a thematic book on the list, you will be directed to the information about the book on the Library Catalogue.