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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.

Awards for Creative Writing in Chinese 2018 prize presentation ceremony held


22.11.2018

The prize presentation ceremony for the Awards for Creative Writing in Chinese 2018 organised by the Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department was held today (November 22) at the Hong Kong Central Library (HKCL). Forty-five winning works in different genres were selected from over 1,200 entries in six categories, namely poetry, essays, fiction, literary criticism, children's stories and children's picture stories.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Acting Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Ms Ida Lee, said that the Awards for Creative Writing in Chinese is a platform for literature lovers to showcase their creativity and talents, adding that the Awards can bring impetus to Hong Kong literature while boosting public interest in creative writing and ability to appreciate literature. She encouraged the awardees to continue writing so that Hong Kong literature can be passed on from generation to generation.

A list of the winners (in Chinese only) is available on the HKPL Website. The winning works will be on display at Exhibition Galleries 4 and 5 of the HKCL from tomorrow (November 23) to December 5. The awarded works by the winners, first runners-up and second runners-up in the different categories will be published by the HKPL (in Chinese only) for distribution to tertiary institutes, secondary schools, primary schools and literature organisations. Members of the public can also borrow a copy from public libraries or read the works through the HKPL Multimedia Information System.

The adjudication panel was formed by senior writers, editors and scholars and their comments on the entries will be consolidated into an Adjudication Summary Booklet (in Chinese only), which will be available at the Reference Libraries at the HKCL, City Hall Public Library, Kowloon Public Library, Tsuen Wan Public Library, Sha Tin Public Library, Tuen Mun Public Library and Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Public Library for public reference.

The Awards for Creative Writing in Chinese was organised in 1979 and has been held biennially since 1992, aiming to promote creative writing in Chinese and arouse public interest in appreciating literature. The Awards is a major event in local literature and has helped nurture budding writers over the years, with some of them becoming significant authors and scholars in Hong Kong.

Photo of guests, Mr Sunny Lee, Miss Rochelle Lau, with adjudicators and winners

The prize presentation ceremony for the Awards for Creative Writing in Chinese 2018 organised by the Hong Kong Public Libraries of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department was held today (November 22) at the Hong Kong Central Library. Photo shows the Acting Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Ms Ida Lee (front row, third right), and the Chief Librarian (Hong Kong Central Library and Extension Activities), Mrs Mary Cheng (front row, third left), with judges and winners.

Photo showing the winning works of the Awards for Creative Writing in Chinese 2018

The winning works of the Awards for Creative Writing in Chinese 2018 will be on display at Exhibition Galleries 4 and 5 of the Hong Kong Central Library from tomorrow (November 23) to December 5.

Photo showing the winning works of the Awards for Creative Writing in Chinese 2018

The winning works of the Awards for Creative Writing in Chinese 2018 will be on display at Exhibition Galleries 4 and 5 of the Hong Kong Central Library from tomorrow (November 23) to December 5.

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