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  1. News - China - LITERACY

    Charity group sees six libraries shut down by Chinese authorities in mystery crackdown

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 06:58pm by LAURA ZHOU

    ... its sixth library shut down by authorities this year without any explanation given – sending a chilling message following reports of raids on its centres. China Rural Library (CRL), a government-sanctioned grass-roots group that seeks to boost literacy and education in the country’s impoverished rural areas, said its Shanxi library was shut down last Thursday. CRL said that around 10 days ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1588748/charity-group-sees-six-libraries-shut-down-chinese-authorities-mystery
  2. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Local universities are expanding, and their libraries are growing with them

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 09:39am by Linda Yeung

    ... Linda Yeung Linda.yeung@scmp.com Universities in Hong Kong are expanding, and their libraries are growing with them, CityU's Steve Ching tells Linda Yeung Spaced out Space ... as the new four-year undergraduate curriculum launched in 2012. Consequently, libraries on campuses have also expanded. In 2007, City University was the first to transform its library into a modern ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1569308/local-universities-are-expanding-and-their-libraries-are
  3. Lifestyle - Food & Wine

    Collectors preference for library wines means more on the shelves in the future

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 04:58am by Robin Lynam

    ... Robin Lynam life@scmp.com Library wines have become fashionable with collectors, so expect to see more of them on the shelves, writes Robin Lynam Cache and release Now that buying wines en primeur is no longer de rigueur, it seems that "museum release", "late release" or "library" wines are coming into fashion with collectors. As asking prices have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/food-wine/article/1568404/collectors-preference-library-wines-means-more-shelves-future
  4. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality: Hong Kong library under fire for 'anti-gay propaganda'

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 05:26am by DANNY LEE

    ... Danny Lee danny.lee@scmp.com Activists for sexual minorities say Central Library should consider putting a warning on book it carries on 'preventing homosexuality' in children 'A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality' A gay rights group has suggested a disclaimer may be needed for a library book that openly encourages parents to "prevent" ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1560024/gay-cure-library-book-may-need-disclaimer-gay-rights-group-says
  5. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    Library that gives visitors a taste for more

    Posted Jul 12th 2014, 03:28am by Jessie Lau

    ... Jessie Lau jessie.lau@scmp.com Library that gives visitors a taste for more The smoky scent of duck and soy sauce wafts through the smart, cosy kitchen- a kitchen that also happens to be surrounded by book-filled rooms. It is part of Hong Kong's first "taste library", where visitors can cook and read books about food culture- and, its creator hopes, communicate openly. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1552305/library-gives-visitors-taste-more
  6. News - Hong Kong - LITERATURE

    Book-borrowing from libraries 'costs publishers up to HK$105m a year in potential sales'

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 02:54am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... Shirley Zhao shirley.zhao@scmp.com Lending ‘costs publishers up to HK$105m a year’ Book-borrowing from libraries costs the publishing industry up to HK$105 million a year in potential ... library users said they would not buy books if they could be borrowed from libraries. The alliance, supported by almost 450 local authors, is seeking a public lending law under which royalties ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1535143/book-borrowing-libraries-costs-publishers-hk105m-year-potential-sales
  7. News - World - LITERATURE

    Scientists confirm book in a Harvard library is bound in human skin

    Posted Jun 08th 2014, 05:45am by AFP

    ... confirmed that a 19th century French treatise in its libraries is bound in human skin, Harvard University said, after a bevy of scientific testing. Arsene Houssaye's Des destinees de l'ame (On the destiny of the soul) is part of the antique book collection of the university's Houghton Library, which specialises in rare and antique works. Harvard conservators and scientists ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1527550/scientists-confirm-book-harvard-library-bound-human-skin
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Libraries still play a vital role

    Posted May 19th 2014, 02:32am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Libraries still playvital learning role The humble lending library long ago broke down economic barriers to access to books. It may have been overtaken by the internet ... from our 77 public libraries over the past five years. The number of items borrowed fell 6.2 million, from 61.7 million to 55.5 million, according to the Leisure and Cultural Services ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1515144/libraries-still-play-vital-learning-role
  9. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    Smartphones blamed as Hongkongers lose interest in the city's libraries

    Posted May 12th 2014, 04:45am by Johnny Tam

    ... Johnny Tam johnny.tam@scmp.com Are city's 77 libraries on borrowed time? 6.2 million fewer items checked out of libraries amid smartphone craze Libraries lose their readership Hongkongers have been borrowing fewer books from public libraries over the past five years- with the city's obsession with smartphones being blamed for steering people away from literary ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1509970/libraries-lose-their-readership
  10. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    Library app may save readers millions

    Posted May 12th 2014, 04:45am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com Library app may save readers millions A smartphone app for the city's libraries will be launched this summer, sending out reminders to borrowers to return books on time. Library card holders can borrow up to eight books at a time at no charge, but are fined 50 cents to HK$1.50 per day for each item returned late. According to Legislative Council ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1509932/library-app-may-save-readers-millions

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