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Latest arrangements on Public Libraries and Museums (Updated on 9/9)

In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, Leisure and Cultural Services Department announced that some museums, performance venues and public libraries will reopen gradually from September 14. The cultural facilities to be reopened LCSD museums (except the Hong Kong Science Museum and the Hong Kong Space Museum) will partially reopen their exhibition facilities on September 14, with interactive exhibits, public programmes and children facilities temporarily suspended. Special opening hours from 10am to 5pm daily (except on the regular closing day) will be implemented for all venues, including the box office of the Hong Kong Film Archive. All museums will apply visitor quota, with the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the Hong Kong Museum of History applying visits by sessions to limit visitor flow.  On September 14, major facilities of the LCSD's performance venues such as concert halls, theatres, auditoriums, cultural activities halls and arenas will open for hirers' rehearsal use and performances or activities without live audiences. Among them, Hong Kong City Hall and Queen Elizabeth Stadium are now serving as community testing centres. They will be reopened on September 17 after the completion of the Universal Community Testing Programme and upon thorough cleaning and sterilisation. Moreover, having regard to the development of the epidemic situation, the LCSD's performance venues are expected to be opened for performances or activities with live audiences from October 1 onwards with special seating arrangements. The number of audience members will be limited to half of the original capacity. URBTIX URBTIX will maintain Internet and mobile app ticketing and hotline services. URBTIX outlets and ticket dispensing machines at LCSD performance venues will resume operation together with the re-opened venues from September 14 onwards with special opening hours (from noon to 6.30pm daily). Ticket holders of cancelled events are advised to contact the respective event organisers or check their latest announcements on refund arrangements. For events that organisers choose to arrange refunds at URBTIX outlets, details will be announced on the URBTIX webpage in due course. Libraries and Music Centres The Hong Kong Central Library (HKCL), six other major public libraries and 31 district libraries will be reopened on September 17 and will implement special opening hours. The opening hours will be 1pm to 8pm from Mondays to Saturdays and 9am to 5pm on Sundays and public holidays. To avoid the gathering of people, the libraries will arrange admission by two sessions. The two sessions for Mondays to Saturdays will run from 1pm to 4.30pm and 5pm to 8pm, while the sessions on Sundays and public holidays will run from 9am to 12.30pm and 1pm to 5pm. The students' study rooms of the above-mentioned libraries will resume service on the same day. The study rooms will implement the same special opening hours as the libraries. Admission will be arranged by sessions with the number of users limited. Reference libraries in the HKCL and six other major public libraries will also be reopened on the same day with reference enquiry services resumed.        Limited services, including lending and returning of library materials and picking up reserved library materials, will resume. Some of the computer facilities will resume service and will be open for telephone bookings. The newspaper and periodical areas and children facilities will remain closed. Please visit www.hkpl.gov.hk/en/index.html for details.  All music centres of the Music Office will resume counter services on September 17.  Visitors to facilities of museums, performance venues, libraries and music centres will need to use hand sanitiser and will be subject to temperature checks before admission. They also need to wear their own masks. Children under 12 will only be allowed to enter libraries, museums and exhibition facilities when accompanied by an adult. Enhanced measures including cleaning and disinfection between sessions will be conducted. For details, please visit LCSD website.    

e-Book Highlights - Notable Psychologists

Psychologists are experts in the study of human thoughts and behaviours. They develop theories of different schools and write great works which influence the world. Some psychologists such as Sigmund Freud have become a household name in the field of psychology. This resource guide introduces library collections of famous psychologists. You can learn about their life stories and masterpieces, as well as the study and application of their theories by scholars of later generations.   《The Courage to Be Disliked : How to free yourself, change your life and achieve real happiness》 Introduction:The Courage to be Disliked shows you how to unlock the power within yourself to become your best and truest self, change your future and find lasting happiness. The authors explain how we are all free to determine our own future free of the shackles of past experiences, doubts and the expectations of others. It's a philosophy that's profoundly liberating, allowing us to develop the courage to change, and to ignore the limitations that we and those around us can place on ourselves. Author: Ichiro Kishimi, Fumitake KogaPublisher: Atlantic Books, 2018 Source: Overdrive eBooks (Back to top) 《The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing》 Introduction:In this first-ever biography of Rorschach, Damion Searls draws on unpublished letters and diaries and a cache of previously unknown interviews with Rorschach’s family, friends, and colleagues. The Inkblots is a marvelous book about how one man and his enigmatic test came to shape our collective imagination. Author: Damion SearlsPublisher: Broadway Books, 2017Source: Overdrive eBooks (Back to top) 《一次讀懂心理學經典:濃縮百年來最具革命性的心理學觀念 快速掌握, 隨時應用》 Introduction:(Please refer to the Chinese version) Author: 湯姆.巴特勒-鮑登(Tom Butler-Bowdon)作; 林鶯譯Publisher: 時報文化,2019Source: HyRead電子書 (Back to top) 《讓孩子成長的阿德勒名言》 Introduction:(Please refer to the Chinese version) Author: 岸見一郎作;葉小燕譯Publisher: 究竟,2017 Source: HyRead電子書 (Back to top) 《讀懂榮格》 Introduction:(Please refer to the Chinese version) Author: 吳光遠著Publisher: 海鴿文化出版,2017Source: HyRead電子書 (The information is provided by Hong Kong Public Libraries) (Back to top)

e-Book Highlights - Love the Earth

The earth sustains our basic survival needs such as air, water and food and shelter. It is a common home for all people so that we should love the earth and keep it healthy and alive. In taking good care of the earth, we are also taking good care of ourselves and our future generations. Let's explore how to love our earth!   《Too late : how we lost the battle with climate change》 Introduction:In Too Late., Geoffrey Maslen paints a sobering picture of the state of our planet and discusses how successive governments have failed to initiate change. Drawing on the work of leading climate scientists, this book is an urgent reminder that we have reached the point of no return. It is essential reading for anyone who cares about our planet's future and what we leave for the generations to come. Author: Geoffrey MaslenPublisher: Hardie Grant, 2017 Source: Overdrive eBooks (Back to top) 《Protecting the planet : environmental champions from conservation to climate change》 Introduction:Climate change is often associated with predictions of dire calamities. But in the past, heroic individuals have stepped forward to meet even the most ominous ecological challenges. This book tells an inspirational story—a story both of pioneering environmentalists who raised our collective consciousness regarding nature's value and heroes of today who are working to secure a sustainable future. Author: Budd Titlow and Mariah TingerPublisher: Prometheus Books, 2016Source: Overdrive eBooks (Back to top) 《Living with a green heart : how to keep your body, your home, and the planet healthy in a toxic world》 Introduction:Gay Browne's work has taught her that even the smallest change for the better, faithfully practiced, can have an immense positive impact on our minds, bodies, and spirits—not to mention the planet. Author: Gay BrownePublisher: Citadel Press, 2019Source: Overdrive eBooks (Back to top) 《環境荷爾蒙 : 認識偷走健康.破壞生態的元兇 : 塑化劑、雙酚A、戴奧辛、壬基酚、汞...》 Introduction:(Please refer to the Chinese version) Author: 社團法人台灣環境教育協會Publisher: 社團法人台灣環境教育協會,2017 Source: HyRead電子書 (Back to top) 《惜食咪做大嘥鬼:香港廚餘問題的核心》 Introduction:(Please refer to the Chinese version) Author: 鄔柏強Publisher: 紅出版(青森文化),2017  Source: SUEP 電子書 (Back to top) 《綠色環保家居達人》 Introduction:(Please refer to the Chinese version) Author: 綠色家居工作室Publisher: 超媒體,2015Source: SUEP 電子書 *For details, please visit the e-Book Highlights of Hong Kong Public Libraries(The information is provided by Hong Kong Public Libraries) (Back to top)

e-Book Highlights: Start Exercising.Stay Relaxed!

Everyone agrees that being able to establish a habit of exercise will definitely help maintain a healthy body. However, not many of us be able to do so. After all, we are very busy daily. For the sake of our health, let’s exercise and relax. Through the recommended Chinese and English e-books below, let’s know how to continue and exercise more conveniently and correctly.   《Cycling Workout Handbook》 Introduction:The Cycling Workout Handbook includes training programs with calculated periodization and regular recovery cycles for maximum fitness benefit. Author: Schneider, TerriPublisher: Hatherleigh Press, 2018Source: Overdrive eBooks*For details, please visit the e-Book Highlights of Hong Kong Public Libraries (The information is provided by Hong Kong Public Libraries) (Back to top) 《Outrunning the Demons》 Introduction:In recent years, we have seen a growing awareness of the immense therapeutic benefits of going for a run. The cliché tells us that the only bad run is the run you don't go on. Author: Hewitt, PhilPublisher: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019Source: Overdrive eBooks*For details, please visit the e-Book Highlights of Hong Kong Public Libraries (The information is provided by Hong Kong Public Libraries) (Back to top) 《HIIT Your Limit》 Introduction:Get lean, build muscle, and stay healthy in only ten minutes a day! A world-famous exercise scientist explains high-intensity interval training and the nutrition that complements it, and provides a wealth of workouts, including workouts you can do at home, so you can get and keep the body you've always wanted. Author: Kravitz,LenPublisher: Apollo Publishers, 2018Source: Overdrive eBooks*For details, please visit the e-Book Highlights of Hong Kong Public Libraries (The information is provided by Hong Kong Public Libraries) (Back to top) 《Ben Sir體育堂》 Introduction:(Please refer to the Chinese version) Author: Ben SirPublisher: 知出版社出版,2018Source: HyRead電子書*For details, please visit the e-Book Highlights of Hong Kong Public Libraries (The information is provided by Hong Kong Public Libraries) (Back to top) 《隨時隨地輕運動》 Introduction:(Please refer to the Chinese version) Author: 王君萍Publisher: 天窗,2016Source: HyRead電子書*For details, please visit the e-Book Highlights of Hong Kong Public Libraries (The information is provided by Hong Kong Public Libraries) (Back to top) 《不運動, 當然會生病!》 Introduction:(Please refer to the Chinese version) Author: 游敬倫Publisher: 新自然主義,2017Source: HyRead電子書*For details, please visit the e-Book Highlights of Hong Kong Public Libraries (The information is provided by Hong Kong Public Libraries) (Back to top)

Museum Pass – unlimited admission to six museums for as low as HK$25

You might be familiar with the annual passes issued by theme parks; how about the Museum Pass? It offers unlimited admission to museums under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department for all opening hours. The pass costs as low as HK$25 per person on average. Call up your family and explore the fun of learning through interactive means in museums!The new Museum Pass comes in three types (valid for 12 months with unlimited admission to permanent and special exhibitions of six museums in Hong Kong, unless otherwise specified): Family PassPrice at HK$100 for a maximum of four persons of kinshipIndividual PassPriced at HK$50Concessionary PassFull-time students, persons with disabilities and senior citizens aged 60 or above are eligible for the Concessionary Pass at a price of HK$25 Get more than what you pay after three visits! There are quite some exhibitions worth a visit in the museums. For example, Glistening Treasures in the Dust-Ancient Artefacts of Afghanistan" (6 Nov 2019 to 10 Feb 2020), "A Sense of Place: from Turner to Hockney" (30 Nov 2019 to 4 Mar 2020) at the Hong Kong Museum of Art, "The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Unlocking the Secrets - The Science of Conservation at The Palace Museum" (14 Dec 2019 to 18 Mar 2020) and "Robots" (12 Jun 2020 to 6 Jan 2021) at the Hong Kong Science Museum. Considering the current entrance fees of Hong Kong Science Museum and Hong Kong Space Museum, you enjoy de facto free entry after the third visit.Hidden privileges of the Museum Pass!From now until 31 August 2020, Museum Pass holders can enjoy a discount of HK$60, HK$50 and HK$40 off the published price respectively for the purchase of Adult, Child / Student and Senior “Magic Access” of the Hong Kong Disneyland Park. From now until 31 July 2020, they can also enjoy a 5% discount on Ocean Park "SmartFun Annual Pass".Take the Individual Pass as an example. It costs HK$50 yet the discount for the annual pass of Hong Kong Disneyland Park can be up to HK$60! (For more details, please click here to read the LCSD Museums website)

Hong Kong Museum of Art re-open! 10 exhibitions you must visit!

After four years of renovation and expansion, the Hong Kong Art Museum is finally reopened in late 2019. Let’s have a look of the upcoming exhibitions to be held at this new cradle of culture and art. 1 -《Classics Remix: The Hong Kong Viewpoint》Creating a dialogue of "14 local artists and 14 Museum's highlight collections", the exhibition "Classics Remix: The Hong Kong Viewpoint" incorporates new elements into the four major collections showcased in the "Ordinary to Extraordinary: Stories of the Museum" exhibition. It tracks the people and stories behind the collections, allowing the artists to display their unlimited imagination inspired by the classics to explore new creative possibilities, along with telling the unfolding stories of Hong Kong.Date: Until 2020.10.11Fee: FreeDetails: Classics Remix: The Hong Kong Viewpoint 2 -《From Dung Basket to Dining Cart: 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Wu Guanzhong (Phase I)》Wu Guanzhong (1919 – 2010) was an internationally acclaimed master with comprehensive knowledge of art of both the East and the West. He dedicated his entire life to exploring the modernisation of Chinese ink painting and the localisation of oil painting, and created many masterpieces that juxtapose the aesthetic perspectives and connotations of traditional Chinese ink paintings with contemporary Western art. A permanent "Wu Guanzhong Art Gallery" was established at the Hong Kong Museum of Art with an aim to showcase the master's donated works and related collection.To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Wu Guanzhong, this inaugural exhibition showcases over 100 representative paintings of Wu in two phases, with phase I from 29 November 2019 to 11 February 2020, and phase II from 14 February to 6 May 2020, including the works donated to the Museum by Wu Guanzhong and his family over the years and also private collections from Hong Kong and beyond. Apart from the classic paintings in ink and oil, there will also be sketches, painter's box, painting tools and documents he used when studying in France and so on. The exhibition will not only be honouring Wu's contribution to Chinese art but also paying tribute to his artistic pursuit for over half a century.Date: (Interactive exhibits and public programmes are temporarily suspended)Fee: FreeDetails: From Dung Basket to Dining Cart: 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Wu Guanzhong (Phase I) 3 -《A Pleasure Shared: Selected Works from the Chih Lo Lou Collection (Phase I)》The Chih Lo Lou Collection of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy was a private collection established by the late philanthropist and collector Mr Ho Iu-kwong. In 2018, the Ho family donated 355 artworks from the collection to HKMoA. A dedicated gallery to be named the "Chih Lo Lou Gallery of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy" is installed for the display and appreciation of this significant donation. "A Pleasure Shared" is the inaugural exhibition that displays around 70 selected works dating between the Ming dynasty and the 20th century in two phases to feature the uniqueness of the collection.Date: (Interactive exhibits and public programmes are temporarily suspended)Fee: FreeDetails: A Pleasure Shared: Selected Works from the Chih Lo Lou Collection (Phase I) 4 -《The Wisdom of Emptiness: Selected Works from the Xubaizhai Collection》The renowned Xubaizhai collection was compiled by the late connoisseur of Chinese painting and calligraphy Mr Low Chuck-tiew, who spent nearly 50 years acquiring the invaluable treasures it contains. Showcasing more than 30 representative works dating from the Ming and Qing dynasties all the way up to the 20th century, this exhibition allows visitors to gain an insight into a selection of masterpieces from the collection.Date: Until 2020.07.01Fee: FreeDetails: The Wisdom of Emptiness: Selected Works from the Xubaizhai Collection 5 -《The Best of Both Worlds: Acquisitions and Donations of Chinese Antiquities》The Chinese Antiquities section of the Museum has the most wide-ranging and the oldest art objects and artifacts in its custodianship. Over the years, the Museum collection has been tremendously enriched by donations and bequests from the public. Featuring over 300 items of art and antiques of different periods, "The Best of Both Worlds" illustrates how acquisition and generous donations form and shape out comprehensive Chinese Antiquities collection.Date: Until 2020.08.26Fee: FreeDetails: The Best of Both Worlds: Acquisitions and Donations of Chinese Antiquities 6 -《Lost and Found: Guardians of the Chater Collection》The Chater collection is one of the most legendary collections of the Museum. The artworks were displaced during the Second World War. Thanks to the selfless act of the Hong Kong citizens, some of the works are rescued and some of which will be on display in the exhibition "Lost and Found". The narrative of the exhibition is told through stories of how the artworks were kept hidden, displaced and eventually recovered during the war, restaging a period in history that is filled with human spirit.Date: Until 2020.09.16Fee: FreeDetails: Lost and Found: Guardians of the Chater Collection 7 -《Hong Kong Experience • Hong Kong Experiment》The development of Hong Kong art is a unique "Hong Kong experience". With innovation triggered by a new way of life, local artists exert the spirit of the "Hong Kong experiment". This exhibition attempts to make use of the collection accumulated over half a century to trace our Hong Kong art stories.Date: Until 2021.03.28Fee: FreeDetails: Hong Kong Experience • Hong Kong Experiment 8 -《The Breath of Landscape》The exhibition features interactive artworks by 5 local artists, namely Chan Wan-ki Kay, Mr Hammers, Rick Lam, Lee Shu-fan and Wong Chun-hei Stephen, as invited by the renowned local architect Billy Tam. With the theme of nature and landscape, the exhibition offers a unique art experience by bringing the sky, the flowing water, mountains and the breeze from nature into the Museum's new gallery space – The Wing and its surroundings. Date: (Interactive exhibits and public programmes are temporarily suspended)Fee: FreeDetails: The Breath of Landscape 9 -《Rediscovering Landscape》The exhibition showcased Rediscovering landscape trilogy, a three-chapter outdoor art installation jointly created by Kevin Siu, Bob Pang and Shuyan Chan. By offering a series of spatial experiences, it unveils a scroll of towering peaks amidst the city to reconnect us with nature. Date: (Interactive exhibits and public programmes are temporarily suspended)Fee: FreeDetails: Rediscovering Landscape 10 -《A Sense of Place: from Turner to Hockney》Drawn from Tate's world famous collection, this exhibition features 76 exhibits that illustrate the remarkable development of British Landscape Painting and its influence on European art over the past three centuries. Highlights include paintings from the two most significant British landscape masters of all time, J.M.W. Turner and John Constable, as well as the largest painting ever completed by the contemporary artist David Hockney.To complement the exhibition, we have invited Hong Kong artists to respond to the British artworks on display and the museum's own collection of landscape paintings. These responses invite visitors to engage with landscape art from a unique Hong Kong viewpoint.。Date: Until 2020.05.27Fee: $30/$21/$15/Free(Museum Pass)Details: A Sense of Place: from Turner to Hockney

Biodiversity Gallery

The Biodiversity Gallery imitates the diverse natural environments and habitats on the planet, allowing you to enjoy an immersive experience. As you walk through the whole Gallery, you will be able to explore nature in a visual, tactile and intellectual manner through interactive exhibits, dioramas and specimen displays based on four distinctive themes. Local Biodiversity, the first exhibition area, introduces the vibrant nature of Hong Kong from the aspects of a terrestrial, marine, estuary, stream and an aerial point of view. You will find typical information on endemic species of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, freshwater fish and insects, as well as wildlife habitats such as woodlands and sandy beaches in Hong Kong. This area is connected to the next one, covering the theme Variety in the World. A huge variety of the world's life forms is presented here. You will travel from a flat grassland across a dense jungle and then to the depths of the ocean, where you will learn more about the flora and fauna around the world, the adaptation of animals, as well as the global problem of the extinction of species. Out of the ocean, where life once started, evolves the next theme Changes through Time. Your curiosity will certainly be triggered here. First you will be captivated by a vast graphic on the wall, showing the genesis of life from simple cells to the appearance of complex life forms such as Homo sapiens. Through a series of enlightening interactive exhibits, you will also learn about the history of the Earth and gain an insight into the life sciences. At the centre of the Gallery, there is a research station called the Nature Lab. You will become a scientist, experience hands-on scientific research and learn experimental techniques such as microscopy. Your attention will also turn to an extraordinary artwork on the wall of the Lab.