Tag Archives: children

How digital age has forced Hong Kong’s libraries and librarians to change ways they get us to read

(21 December 2018) Various initiatives include increasing access and range of e-books, holding outdoor pop-up libraries around the city and loaning books to pre-schools; and use of printed books is down as surveys show e-books are read by only 12 per cent of internet users while just 36 per cent of primary school pupils ‘love […]


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New IFLA Standard: IFLA Guidelines for Library Services to Children aged 0-18 [revised version 2018]

(10 December 2018) The Committee on Standards is pleased to announce the publication of the IFLA Guidelines for Library Services to Children aged 0-18, revised version 2018, which was endorsed by the IFLA Professional Committee in August 2018. The IFLA Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section (C&YA Section) have undertaken this revision of the […]


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China launches “Panda Book Corner” library project in Nepali schools

(7 December 2018, Kathmandu, (Xinhua) A library project, the “Panda Book Corner,” has been launched by the Chinese government in Nepal to distribute books to schools. The project was launched on Thursday in five different schools of Kathmandu valley. It aims to promote the Chinese language among school students, to share knowledge and experience from […]


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The Asia Foundation signs MOU to enhance school libraries with Cambodia’s Government

(26 October 2018, Phnom Penh) Today, The Asia Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Cambodia’s Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS), and Kampuchean Action for Primary Education (KAPE) to implement the Books for Cambodia program. Over the next five years, the program will distribute high-quality English storybooks and educational resource books to 1,000 […]


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Asia Foundation and Starbucks bring coffee storybook to Let’s Read! digital library

(19 September 2018, Phnom Penh) The Asia Foundation and Starbucks Cambodia organized a Let’s Read! Booklab (previously referred to as mini hackathons) on September 14 with a team consisting of a writer, an illustrator, an editor, and Starbucks partners at the Starbucks store located in Eden Garden. The book creation event is part of a […]


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Shenzhen library triggers debate after banning children under-14

(2 August 2018, ECNS) A library in Shenzhen, one of China’s booming modern metropolises and a technology hub, has become the focus of discussion after it closed its doors to children under-14. University Town Library of Shenzhen, also known as the Shenzhen Science and Technology Library, is the first library that functions as both a […]


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HK public libraries remove LGBTQIA+ kids books

(27 June 2018) The Hong Kong government has been accused of moving several LGBTQIA-themed children’s books out of public view in the city’s public libraries, following complaints by an anti-gay group, reports the Standard. The Hong Kong government’s Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) confirmed some titles have been moved to a closed location where […]


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Royal Institute for Deaf & Blind Children (Australia) hiring Manager, Library and Information Services

(20 April 2018) The successful candidate will have a commitment to the provision of exemplary specialist library services and a desire to make a major contribution to the quality of professional endeavour in the field of sensory disabilities. The key focus of this role will be to provide support to RIDBC’s research and postgraduate education, […]


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Singapore-funded programme promotes reading among children

(30 March 2018, HCM City)  More than 7,000 primary and secondary school students in HCM City are expected to benefit from better access to English and Vietnamese books, online and multimedia facilities, and other library resources by 2020 with the launch of the second phase of the Words on Wheels mobile digital library programme yesterday. […]


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Thailand opens 10th Blue Library

(16 March 2018) The initiative aims to provide well-equipped libraries in rural areas of Thailand in order to promote child literacy. On Valentine’s Day, Beiersdorf Thailand celebrated a handover ceremony of their 10th Blue Library to Wat Nuea School, located in Ratchaburi province to the west of Bangkok. This school was proposed by one of […]


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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library reaches 100 million book milestone

(28 February 2018, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.–BUSINESS WIRE)  From its infancy in Sevier County, Tennessee, to the largest children’s literacy program in the world, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has introduced millions of children around the globe to the fun of reading. Yesterday, Parton herself enshrined the 100-millionth book distributed in the program’s existence into the Library […]


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Asia Foundation announces YBM support to expand Let’s Read! in Asia

(19 December 2017) The Asia Foundation today announced a donation from one of Korea’s largest publishing and education companies, YBM, Inc., to expand the Foundation’s Let’s Read! digital libraries initiative. The regional platform brings open-sourced books in local languages to children in underserved communities in Asian countries, helping to improve access to books and literacy […]


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Nation’s first international-standard library complex opens in Hanoi

(20 November 2017) The 240 square meters-complex provides about 2,000 books in the Vietnamese, Korean and English languages. It was designed as a “tree of wishes” to attract children to a wide range of cultural activities, such as traditional instrument playing and film screens. “The co-operation between National Library of Vietnam and the Korean International […]


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First “five-star” library for children opens in Vietnam

(18 November 2017)  The first international-standard library for children in Vietnam opened at the National Library of Vietnam in Hanoi on November 16. Many photographs are here.


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The Book Stop pop-up library project

The Book Stop Project is a design concept offering a huge potential for community libraries to evolve from monolithic buildings to activated public spaces. (14 November 2017) The project is the vision of Philippines-based WTA Architecture + Design Studio and has already won several international awards. WTA says: ‘The Book Stop Project refocuses on the […]


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