24 March 2016
 
Reading Weeks: “Spread the Word” (March 1 – 11, 2016)
 
“Spread the word” literally means to communicate a message to a lot of people. Reading is definitely the best way to know and learn different messages. In fact, messages can be further spread out via other means, such as talks and movies.

During the Reading Weeks, a series of activities were arranged for our students, such as Chinese riddle game, English and Chinese book exhibitions, reading checkpoint challenge, book sharing on 1984 (George Orwell) and dystopian literature, “Literature Walk”, “Everything about Reading” spelling bee competition and movie appreciation.

One of our signature events this year was “Leave One, Take One” (LOTO) book-floating activity. Each participant was encouraged to take a book from the LOTO Book Carts. However, apart from taking a book, we also strongly encouraged the participant to leave a book of his/her own choice on the carts so that others could take it and read. Readers were encouraged to write a few lines on a LOTO ticket to share why they wanted to share that book with others.

Apart from that, we were glad to have Dr. Alan Lam, Founder & CEO of Concept Infinity Limited, to give a talk to our students. Dr. Lam was selected as one of the JCI Hong Kong Ten Outstanding Young Persons 2015. The topic of the talk was “When the 'Outstanding Young Person' meets the Little Prince". He shared with our students how he was motivated to promote reading and his passion for reading. He also shared how creativity could be inspired through reading. The talk was interactive and our students were so excited in the Q and A session!

Another thought-provoking talk was conducted by a local author Mr. Liu Wai Tong (廖偉棠). Mr. Liu is a writer, poet and photographer. He has been awarded the Hong Kong Biennial Awards (香港文學獎雙年獎), Hong Kong Arts Development Awards (香港藝術發展獎), etc. His achievement has been highly recognised not just in Hong Kong but also in Asia such as Taiwan and Malaysia. In the talk, Mr. Liu introduced several books that he read when he was a teenager, and talked about how these books had inspired him to write.

Although Reading Weeks have come to an end, we should still continue to develop reading as a habit. Reading is undoubtedly a way to enjoy informative, creative, and inspiring works of literature that enrich our life experiences. Reading is a lifelong source of enjoyment and entertainment and an affordable hobby! Let’s enjoy reading, everyone!