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City kids receive their own library

Update: February, 01/2007 - 00:00

City 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 Children.

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 its effectiveness.

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

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