kids receive their own library
HCM CITY — The HCM City
General Sciences Library opened a library for children yesterday with assistance
from the French consulate and some international organisations.
Located within the General
Science Library, the new library has more than 4,100 children’s books in
Vietnamese, English, and French and 10 computers with broadband internet. The
books are meant for pre-school children and those between five and 15 years old.
The computers have
educational programmes like JumpStart Kid, SmartKid, and New English for
There is an open area for
group activity and exhibitions.
Nguyen Thi Bac, the
library director, said children would be taught how to make use of its resources
so that they understood the value of the books and other facilities there.
This habit would remain
with them when they grew up, she hoped.
Speaking at the inaugural
ceremony, Bac said setting up the library would not have been possible without
financial and material assistance from the French consulate, the Counsellor
Club, SembCorp Industries, Atlantic Philanthropies, the Singapore National
Library, the US-based Sabre Fund, the HCM City-San Francisco Co-operation
Committee, and other libraries.
French Consul General
Nicolas Warnery promised continued support for the library in future to ensure
Bac said a recently
established mobile library would also take books to children in the city’s
outlying areas and other southern provinces.
It was established earlier
this month with assistance from Korean electronic giant LG group and the
American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Viet Nam.
It also has computers with
internet, DVD players, printer, TV sets, and other equipment to allow readers to
make use of its resources, and a voice database of recorded stories and books
for people with visual disability. — VNS