Book into world of words

PUBLISHED : Monday, 06 May, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 06 May, 2002, 12:00am

A children's book tour is set to give an exciting new take on libraries. W.O.W! - World of Words - kicks off on May 23 and promises to put the magic back into reading.

The festival will be held at three locations over a month, beginning with Pao Galleries at the Hong Kong Arts Centre (May 23 to 31), then moving to the Heritage Museum in Sha Tin (June 7 to 16) and finally to the Former Cattle Depot in To Kwa Wan (June 18 to 26).

W.O.W! is aimed at five- to 12-year-olds. It will showcase 800 books from all around the world, but it is not the books you will notice first on entering the event. This is no boring library, instead the walls are covered with colourful Chinese paper cut outs - one corner looks like a forest and another is an underwater scene. Mirrored balls on the ceiling and blasts of dry ice add to the fantasy atmosphere.

W.O.W! will be open on weekdays for school tours. Weekends it will be open to the public. Workshops and story-telling sessions have been arranged throughout the month. Take the Little Prince workshop: after a reading of the book, children will be encouraged to make their own character and a three-dimensional imaginary world for him. If you want to get in on the fun, you need to book in advance. Call 2877 2207 or book online at