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Appreciation Party to Celebrate the One Year Anniversary of Kaohsiung Reading Box
Date:2019-06-21
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Guests and preschoolers at the Appreciation Party
Guests and preschoolers at the Appreciation Party
Group picture featuring seed teachers and staff from OBGYN clinics
Group picture featuring seed teachers and staff from OBGYN clinics

Appreciation Party to Celebrate the One Year Anniversary of Kaohsiung Reading Box

 

To promote the importance of “early reading” and “parents and children reading together”, Kaohsiung Public Library has been distributing its own “Start Reading from Age 0” Reading Box for local toddlers since April 2018 with cooperation from the Department of Health and the Social Affairs Bureau as well as various OBGYN clinics in the city while hosting lectures with Parental Resources Center. One year has passed since the implementation of this project, and over 15,000 reading boxes have been distributed and over 100 lectures have been conducted. On June 3, Kaohsiung Public Library hosted an Appreciation Party at the Kaohsiung Literary Museum to show appreciation to all our partners, and we hope to continue such effort to promote early reading and support parents.

 

The Appreciation Party started with a multi-lingual singing performance by 12 preschoolers. KPL has been a champion in promoting reading education and the idea of Kaohsiung Reading Box was modeled after UK’s “Bookstart Reading Pack” as we tried to offer a localized and comprehensive reading box for local children. The project was led by children’s literature expert Dr. Hsing Chia-hui and sponsored by Aichi Books. The goal was to present a reading pack for parents and children that focuses on cognitive and sensory development while emphasizing diversity and local culture.  

 

KPL wants to extend our appreciation to the Kaohsiung Department of Health and 37 OBGYN clinics. Since April 2018, a total of 15,400 reading boxes have been distributed, which represents 70% of the 21,137 toddlers born during this period. Medical personnel also deserves our thanks for promoting the importance of early reading to parents when distributing the reading box. In addition, KPL and the Social Affairs Bureau of Kaohsiung City also co-organized a series of lectures on reading together. With special assistance from our seed teachers, a total of 112 lectures were hosted within one year. Lastly, we want to thank everyone for recognizing the importance of early reading and reading together. Without such consensus, we wouldn’t have this one and only reading box for local toddlers in Taiwan.

 

KPL also invited 3 parents and their children to come to the Appreciation Party and share their experience of early reading. Whether it is first-time father or mother of twins, parents care about the education of their children. Early reading is a new concept for most people, but thanks to the campaigns and lectures, more and more people have a better idea about early reading and the importance of reading together. Many parents mentioned examples of progress with their children, which drove more people into reading together.  

 

KPL would like to extend our appreciation to all our colleagues and partners over the past one year as well as feedbacks from parents and staff members after attending the lectures. We will make sure these feedbacks will be reflected in our future lectures as we continue to promote early reading and reading together.

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Updated2019-06-24 PM 05:23:39
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