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Latest arrangements on services of Hong Kong Public Libraries

In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) will adopt further measures to maintain social distancing. From 15 July 2020 (Wednesday), all public libraries and their students’ study room will be temporarily closed. All book drop services of the Hong Kong Public Libraries and those located at three MTR stations as well as the self-service library stations (at Island East Sports Centre Sitting-out Area, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Tsuen Nam Road, Tai Wai) will also suspend services. Public libraries will continue to provide online services such as e-Books and e-Databases. Overdue fines will not be generated for late return of library materials, due date of reservation pick up will be extended and the maximum number of renewal increased accordingly. All library programmes will be cancelled. Please refer to the library notice on the special arrangements details.


1/ About Hong Kong Currency

Date: 2021/3/20 (Saturday)
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (Lecture Theatre, G/F)
Description: “Currency” is a medium of exchange that has purchasing power, and can be saved up and exchanged for daily necessities when the need arises. This talk will give an account of the evolution of Hong Kong currency in relation to Hong Kong people’s daily lives, and how the currency reflects social changes and public sentiments.

1/ Kowloon Walled City

Date: 2020/6/15 (Monday) to 2020/12/31 (Thursday)
Time: Library Opening Hours
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (5/F Current Newspapers and Periodicals Reading Area)
Description: The Kowloon Walled City, as one of the very constructions in Hong Kong’s modern history, bore witness to local social development since World Wars. The living environment in the walled city was abominable for its over-dense population, illegally constructed buildings, insufficient water and power supplies, and poor sanitary condition. On the other hand, beyond the reach of law and governance of the colonial government, the British government, and the Chinese government, the walled city was well-known as "City of Anarchy" filled with prostitution, gambling, drug trafficking, and other criminal elements. Upon the community services provided by voluntary neighborhood association and different charity organisations, the living condition of the walled city’s residents got slight improvement. Following the government’s demolition plan announced in 1987, the walled city has become the collective memories of a certain generation. Through various newspaper clippings from the library collection, this thematic exhibition presents the history and unique scenes of the walled city in retrospect.

1/ "Smart Living" in the New Normal

Date: 2020/12/5 (Saturday)
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (Activity Room 1)
Description: The long-lasting pandemic has been increasing the social distancing between people, but also accelerated citizens' adoption of science-and-technology innovation products and services. Besides, the style of smart living becomes part of the new normal. The speaker will share his observations and experience of smart living, covering various technological applications in healthcare and epidemic prevention, work as well as daily life.

2/ How to Extend or Revive the Life of PC or Smartphone? (Cancelled)

Date: 2020/9/19 (Saturday)
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (Activity Room 1)
Description: PC and smartphone is a necessity in daily life. When these key device breakdown, it causes headache not only money but a nuisance. Of course, we can replace the PC or smartphone regularly, but it is not friendly to the environment. The speaker will share his experience and method to extend the life of these electronic gadgets.

3/ Brainstorming: AI-based Ideation Process (Cancelled)

Date: 2020/6/13 (Saturday)
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (Activity Room 1)
Description: The speaker will explore the methodology of AI-based Ideation Process. This methodology helps entrepreneurs, students, professionals and the public to solve problems and create new products and services.

4/ Mobile Payment in Hong Kong (Cancelled)

Date: 2020/3/14 (Saturday)
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (Activity Room 1)
Description: Mobile Payment is very popular in Hong Kong, from retail-chain stores to individual-owned shops. It seems convenient to use the mobile payment applications, such as Apple Pay, Ailpay HK, Google Pay, WeChat Pay, Tap&Go, etc. and these applications always provide attractive discounts. However, people may hold back due to security issues. In this talk, we can learn more about this.

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1/ Roving Exhibition on Winning Entries (Hong Kong) of "4.23 World Book Day Creative Competition" in 2020 - "Growing Up with Reading" - All Categories

Date: 2020/7/25 (Saturday) to 2020/8/10 (Monday)
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (Exhibition Gallery, G/F)
Description: The Hong Kong Public Libraries organises the "4·23 World Book Day Creative Competition" in 2020 on the theme, “Growing Up with Reading”, in support of the World Book Day on 23rd April.
The objective of the competition is to broaden and diversify the reading scope of children and youth, and encourage them to enjoy reading in a sea of books and enrich their own life.
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