Libraries Encourage Book Swapping and Reading Resource Sharing Book Drive Begins March 14

MACAO, March 11 – In order to promote reading habits as well as encourage residents who enjoy reading to meet friends through books and share their resources, the Cultural Affairs Office (IC, from the Portuguese acronym) will organize the “Book Exchange” activity of the “Macao Library Week 2022”. The collection of books for the activity will take place from March 14 (Monday) to April 17 (Sunday), from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday, excluding public holidays. All are invited to participate.

Residents interested in participating in the “Book Exchange” activity can bring their book collection to Macao Central Library, Ho Yin Garden Library, Sir Robert Ho Tung Library, Patane Library, Red Market Library, Mong Há Library, Ilha Verde Library, Wong Ieng Kuan Library in Areia Preta Urban Park, S. Lourenço Library, Taipa Library, Seac Pai Van Library and Coloane Library and receive the “stamped time card”. On April 30 and May 1, the promotion day of “Macao Library Week”, residents can exchange books of equivalent value at the “book exchange” location at the old court building located in Praia Grande and Seac Pai Van Library.

The method of collection of books is as follows: the staff will classify the books according to their original price. The scoring method is one point for each MOP10 and books with a value less than MOP10 will be rounded off; the price of each book is calculated separately and for each point the scorecard will be stamped once. The maximum score for each book or set is 100 points, and unpriced books will be scored at MOP10. Textbooks, notebooks, magazines, indecent publications, religion-related books, calligraphy notebooks, computer books published more than a year ago, travel books published before 2020, audio-visual material, promotional material, pirated books and periodicals ( in violation of copyright laws), damaged and soiled books, incomplete collections and books with autographed inside pages are not included in the scope of this book exchange. Only individuals can participate in this activity; participation in groups is not accepted.

The Cultural Affairs Bureau will disinfect the books of the “Book Exchange” activity, strictly follow the relevant anti-epidemic guidelines of the Health Bureau, and implement appropriate measures for cultural activities. In cooperation with the SAR government’s epidemic prevention efforts, all visitors are required to wear face masks, undergo body temperature checks, scan the site’s QR code (site code) and present a “health code of Macao” valid for the day, maintain social distancing, and respect anti-epidemic and crowd control measures on site.

For all enquiries, please contact the Sir Robert Ho Tung Library by tel. no. 2893 0077, Macau Central Library by tel. no. 2855 8049 or Taipa Library by tel. no. 2884 3105, during counter service hours (closed Monday mornings) or visit the Macau Public Library website (www.library.gov.mo).

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