Visit the library and browse through the books

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 July, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 July, 2006, 12:00am

What is the difference between the books in the library and the textbooks we use at school?

Some parents think if their children have time, they should read textbooks rather than fiction and non-fiction general interest books.

Textbooks give us facts. They tell us why something happens and how we should do things. They make us think rationally.

Books in the library are much more diverse. They offer us a glimpse into different worlds, centuries and points of view. We can relax and soak up details and moods rather than just facts. These books help us to be more perceptual.

I think it's important to set aside time to read both types of books.


STFA Tam Pak Yu College

Thanks for your letter, Ming-yuet. I'm happy to hear that you are such an avid reader. The summer holiday is an excellent time to expand your reading - and what better place to head than the library where there are books on so many different subjects.

My favourite library is the big public one in Causeway Bay. I can easily spend several hours browsing and reading in there. And during the summer it's a good place to head to if you want to escape the midday heat.

Do try and read some books in English. I suggest you choose ones on your favourite subject, and then you will be more motivated to read them. And look out for our book review pages on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Kate, Editor