In response to the World Book & Copyright Day, the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Hsinchu County Government partnered with 14 public libraries in 13 townships in the county, 7 independent bookstores and outstanding performance teams in Hsinchu County to present the "Read with Hsinchu, Travel Hsinchu" event. From March 20 to May 2, six exciting activities will be launched. Today (the 15th), kick-off ceremonies are held in Zhubei and in bookstores. Accompanied by the melodious music performed by Camerata Taiwan, County Magistrate Yang Wen-ke, numerous members of the council, owners of independent bookstores and children from Guo Shuhui Kindergarten officially kicked off the event. Friends of all ages are invited to join in the activities to encourage making reading a daily habit, and souvenirs will also be given away.
County Magistrate Yang Wen-ke said that UNESCO has set April 23 every year as World Book & Copyright Day to promote reading, writing and copyright awareness to the public, and encourage readers to enjoy reading. He also shared that although readers may not be able to remember the content of every book they had read, reading will still have an impact on their spirit. The influence will naturally manifest itself in actions, like "birds flying overhead will leave traces ". Therefore, he encouraged children to fall in love with reading.
In his introduction, County Magistrate Yang Wen-ke indicated that in response to the epidemic this year, the six series of World Book & Copyright Day themed activities organized by the county government are static, such as book fairs, small lectures and concerts. For every themed activity that the public participate in, they can collect a stamp. Once they have collected four theme stamps, they can exchange them for an exquisite wood grain thermos at the Cultural Affairs Bureau.
Li An-yu, Director of the Cultural Affairs Bureau introduced the six themed activities. These include linking 7 unique independent bookstores in the county for thematic book fairs, lectures by their store managers, and writer’s lectures. These activities lead readers in exploring the beauty of the independent bookstores and the story behind each bookstore. They help readers experience the warmth of reading and cultivate their attitude toward reading, and encourage the public to support this group of physical bookstores that are working hard to nurture the reading of arts and literature.
In partnership with the county’s outstanding Camerata Taiwan, the Library of Cultural Affairs Bureau organized five sessions of " Reading Music Library" musical activities, breaking the past impression that libraries are quiet places through afternoon concerts and picture book concerts. Locally themed literature and movies are combined with videos, oral presentations and live performances to link stories and folklores into a three-dimensional audio book with clear tones and vibrant colors so that readers feel as if they are walking into a picture book and can experience a true taste Taiwan.
Eslite Bookstore has also been invited to collaborate in the event. As long as people borrow 3 or more good books from any public library in the county, they will receive a bookmark specially designed by Eslite Bookstore. The public is welcome to read good books, browse good books and borrow good books!
In addition, the Book Bus also coordinated with various city and township activities to bring high-quality books and story performances to the public. Readers who have not exchanged their EasyCard library card can trade in their card for a limited design edition library card by borrowing 3 books from the Mobile Book Cart.
The "Read with Hsinchu, Travel Hsinchu" activity stamp booklet can be obtained from the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Hsinchu County Government, public libraries in the 13 townships and the 7 independent bookstores. For details of the event, please visit the Hsinchu County go Art Facebook page