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Young readers and library volunteers awarded at HK Central Library


21.11.2015

More than 40 students participating in the 2014-15 Reading Programme for Children and Youth and six outstanding volunteers from the Voluntary Helpers Scheme held during the same year received certificates and Gold Awards respectively today (November 21). The awards, presented by the Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, aim to encourage students’ active reading and volunteering at libraries to enrich their knowledge and life experience.

Both programmes were organised by the HKPL. In the reading programme, 34 book reports were awarded ‘Star of the Month’. Among them, nine with the best reports were awarded ‘Reading Supernova’. Fourteen members who were most active in attending the Monthly Meeting of Joyful Reading were awarded ‘Elite of Joyful Reading’ medals.

In addition, schools which successfully nominated the largest number of members were presented with ‘Most Active School in Promoting Participation’ awards, while those with the highest total number of books read by their nominated members were presented with ‘Most Active School in Promoting Reading’ awards. The winning schools are as follows:

‘Most Active School in Promoting Participation’ award:
SKH Kei Hin Primary School
Ching Chung Hau Po Woon Primary School
Hon Wah College
Wong Shiu Chi Secondary School
Ng Wah Catholic Primary School

‘Most Active School in Promoting Reading’ award:
SKH Yan Laap Primary School
Aberdeen St Peter's Catholic Primary School
W F Joseph Lee Primary School
Hong Kong Baptist Convention Primary School
SKH Tin Wan Chi Nam Primary School
Lui Cheung Kwong Lutheran Primary School

Speaking at the prize presentation ceremony at Hong Kong Central Library today, the Assistant Director of Leisure and Cultural Services (Libraries and Development), Miss Rochelle Lau, pointed out that the Reading Programme for Children and Youth aims to motivate primary and secondary school students to make good use of their leisure time by establishing a good reading habit, which is also highly beneficial to their learning, thinking and intellectual development.

She thanked the students, parents and schools for their support for the Reading Programme over the years, which attracted more than 9,000 new members this year. She said the reading records and book recommendations, submitted in the form of writing or drawings by students, were impressive. The awardees had actively participated in the programme and their performance had been outstanding, she said. She also mentioned her appreciation for the assistance of participating schools in creating a good reading atmosphere and actively encouraging students to join the programme.

Since its launch in 1984, the programme has been well received by both schools and students. Children and youths from kindergarten to Secondary Six can join the reading programme individually or through their schools. Children from kindergarten to Primary Three are encouraged to join the family category so they can read with their parents.

People interested in participating in the coming year’s reading programme or volunteering at a library may contact any public library or visit the website at www.hkpl.gov.hk/en/extension-activities/event-category/23427/reading-programme-for-children-and-youth for details.

Certificate Presentation Ceremony
A certificate presentation ceremony for the ‘Reading Programme for Children and Youth’ and ‘Voluntary Helpers Scheme’, organised by the Hong Kong Public Libraries of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, was held today (November 21) at Hong Kong Central Library. Photo shows the guests posing with awarded children and youths, school representatives and volunteers.

Prize Presentation to Winner
The President of the Hong Kong Reading Association, Dr Lornita Wong (sixth right), presents prizes to the winners of ‘Reading Programme for Children and Youth - Reading Supernova’ award.