The Pratt Library's Ellen Riordan, Chief of Programs, Planning and Partnerships, also serves as the President of the Association of Library Service for Children. In this capacity Ellen has been given the opportunity to attend the 2014 Chinese Library Annual Conference in Beijing.
The event will feature rich interactive experiences and cultural
benefits to be a festival for both the literary circle and the public.
Sponsors have launched many activities to draw in many ordinary
citizens, such as book exchanges, a photography exhibition, and
parent-child reading sessions. Various reading activities will be held
in libraries in Beijing during the annual conference. The exhibition will gather leading libraries nationwide to showcase innovative achievements by China's libraries.
Ellen will be blogging during her trip to China with details of this amazing conference.
Today we visited the National Library of China, an immense
library with 1400 employees. On weekends and Holidays the library will
have 10,000 vistors a day.
The National Library has a separate Children's library
currently under a year long renovation. The finished library will have a
staff of 20 librarians serving children birth to 15. Currently they provide traditional literature and digital
book readers. The digital collection even include American picture books
like MILLIONS OF CATS .... beloved in any language.
Today we toured the impressive Capitol Library in Beijing.
Thry have just renovated their children's library. Spaces are designec
for very young children, 6 to 12 years and a media center for teens. The
building is a fascinating combination of old world chinese architecture
and modern design. In keeping with its historical roots, wood is used
liberally in the ultra modern spaces.
We also visited two children's bookstores. The oldest was celebrating its 9th year in operation.