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Borrow and return services of public libraries gradually resumed

From 21 May, following the earlier opening of the Hong Kong Central Library and the six major libraries (namely City Hall, Kowloon, Tsuen Wan, Sha Tin, Tuen Mun and Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Public Library), other 12 district libraries (namely Aberdeen, Chai Wan, Lockhart Road, Lai Chi Kok, Lam Tin, Ngau Chi Wan, Yau Ma Tei, Fanling, Tai Po, Tiu Keng Leng, Tsing Yi and Tung Chung Public Library) will be reopened with limited services, including lending and returning of library materials, and picking up of library materials reserved. All reopening libraries will implement special opening hours, arrange admission by sessions and limit the number of people entering the library. Members of the public will be subject to body temperature checks before admission. Children aged under 12 are allowed to enter the library only when accompanied by an adult. Library facilities to be reopened include adult library, young adult library, children's library, partial computer facilities and Students’ Study Room. Other facilities including newspapers and periodicals area, reference library, etc., will remain closed. Please refer to the Details.

Other facilities resumed earlier include the book drop service of the Hong Kong Public Libraries (including service at MTR Central, Kowloon Tong and Nam Cheong stations) and the self-service library stations located at Island East Sports Centre Sitting-out Area, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Tsuen Nam Road, Tai Wai.

Other public libraries and their students’ study room, and mobile libraries will continue to be temporarily closed until further notice. Overdue fines will not be generated for late return of library materials, and due date of reservation pick up will be extended accordingly.

The 13th Hong Kong Literature Festival - Pre-festival Competition: “Childhood Memories” Chinese Writing Competition

The 13th Hong Kong Literature Festival - Pre-festival Competition: “Childhood Memories” Chinese Writing Competition (The competition for Secondary School Category is now cancelled while the application deadline for Open Category has been extended to 12/3/2020)

Date & Time: 12 March 2020 (Thursday)
(Closing Date)
Organiser: Hong Kong Public Libraries, Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Remarks: Please refer to the entry form for details.
Enquiry: 2921 0286
Extension Activities Unit, Hong Kong Public Libraries
Monday to Friday: 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m.; 2:00p.m.-6:00p.m.

To promote literary creation and reading, the Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department will organise the 13th Hong Kong Literature Festival from 22 June to 12 July 2020. Members of the public are welcome to participate in the pre-festival Chinese writing competition titled “Childhood Memories”. Participants are required to write an essay in CHINESE for not more than 2000 words (including punctuation) and may assign a title to their essays. The entry should be about their lives, experiences and emotions in childhood in the form of a descriptive, narrative or expressive work. All entries will be judged on their literariness, forcefulness and emotional expressiveness.

Category
•  Secondary School: Full-time secondary school students in Hong Kong 
    
(The competition for Secondary School Category is now cancelled while the application deadline for Open Category has been extended to 12/3/2020)
•  Open: Hong Kong residents aged 16 or above who are not eligible for Secondary School Category

Form of Competition
Participants are required to write an essay in CHINESE for not more than 2000 words (including punctuation) and may assign a title to their essays. The entry should be about their lives, experiences and emotions in childhood in the form of a descriptive, narrative or expressive work. All entries will be judged on their literariness, forcefulness and emotional expressiveness.

Awards & Prizes

 

Secondary School Category

Open Category

Champion

Book coupons valued at HK$3,000

HK$4,500

First Runner-up

Book coupons valued at HK$2,000

HK$3,000

Second Runner-up

Book coupons valued at HK$1,000

HK$2,000

Three Merit Awards

Book coupons valued at HK$500

HK$800

Deadline for Submission
12 March 2020
For application forms submitted by post, the postmark date will be regarded as the date of application. Late submission will not be accepted.

Submission
•   Competition guidelines and application forms are obtainable from all public libraries and available for download on the HKPL website at www.hkpl.gov.hk.
•   Each entry should be submitted, by hand or by post, together with a completed application form to: Extension Activities Unit, Hong Kong Public Libraries, Rm 901, 9/F, Fa Yuen Street Municipal Services Building, 123A Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon. Please mark “ ‘Childhood Memories’ Chinese Writing Competition of the 13th Hong Kong Literature Festival” on the envelope. For applications submitted by post, please ensure that sufficient postage is af-xed before posting. Any underpaid mail item will not be accepted by the HKPL and will be disposed of by the Hongkong Post. You may refer to the postage calculator at www.hongkongpost.hk/en/postage_calculator/index.html.

Result Announcement
Results will be announced in June 2020. Winners will be individually informed of the details of award presentation and prize collection. An exhibition of the winning entries will be held at the Hong Kong Central Library during the 13th Hong Kong Literature Festival.


Entry Form available at

 •   Hong Kong Public Libraries
 •   Here (English Version)
 •   Here (Chinese Version)

<For details, please refer to the entry form>