The Macao Library Week 2017 is to take place starting on April 22, under the theme Reading and Images, to celebrate World Book Day, which happens on April 23. There will be will be book exchanges, exhibitions, workshops and puppet shows.

“What is the relationship between seeing and reading? This seems to be a perplexing question, however, if we put ourselves in children’s shoes, we will see how images arouse their curiosity and lead them to read spontaneously, we easily realise that our life is filled with dialogues between images and reading,” a note on the official page of the event reads.

The promotion of the activities takes place on April 22 and April 23, at the old court building. It features a book exchange activity, in which you “exchange a scorecard for your favourite books of equivalent value at the Book Exchange venue” and a back periodicals charity sale, both taking place on April 22 and 23, between 10 am and 7 pm.

There will also be activities for children, including a hand puppet show in English titled Storybooks Can Speak, on April 22 and April 23, at 10.30 am. Other activities include reading accessories workshops for children aged from three to 12 years old, on April 22, 11 am and 3.30 pm, and on April 23, 11 am, 3.30 pm and 5 pm. In addition, there will be workshops on creating colourful collages, on April 22, 2 pm and 4 pm, and on April 23, 3.30 pm and 5 pm for children aged from three to 12 years old.

On both days, from 10 am to 5 pm, there will be reading game booths as well as a German comic book exhibition featuring award-winning German comic books, for all ages.

The celebrations of the World Book Day will happen until June. On the rest of the days, there will be, for instance, the opening of an exhibition on April 6, titled East Meets West: Rare Book Exhibition, taking place on Wu Yee Sun Library of University of Macau. Plus, there will be competitions, workshops for families and exhibitions of books all throughout April, May and June.

The Macao Library Week 2017 is being organised jointly by Macao Public Library under the Cultural Affairs Bureau, the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (DSEJ) and the Macao Library & Information Management Association (MLIMA). It is co-organised by Wu Yee Sun Library of the University of Macau.

You can see the full programme here.

L.L.