First Foreign Language Library for Children Opens in Beijing

First Foreign Language Library for Children Opens in Beijing

The first foreign language library for children opened on the eve of Children’s Day in Haidian District, Beijing. The new library, which is located in Haidian Children’s Palace (海淀少年宫), occupies a floor space of over 80 square metres and contains over 2000 English language books.

Long before the library opened, Beijing’s youngsters repeatedly put forward suggestions to the Children’s Palace, asking them to stock some interesting, relatively easy-to-read English language books. Needless to say, their wishes have finally come true and since its recent opening, the library has been receiving some 200 enthusiastic young students and bookworms between the ages of 4-14 every day.

The books available at the library are imported from famous foreign presses and cover a wide range of educational topics such as history, culture, art, science and more. Moreover, the library’s collection will be regularly updated, featuring a selection of the newest educational children’s books from the English speaking world.

However, because of the limited space, only 30 kids are allowed entry into the study at any one time. Children must be accompanied by adults and wait at the entrance of the study until space becomes available.

Although the library is mainly targeted towards young Chinese families wishing to encourage their children to learn more English and improve their foreign language skills, the library is also a great resource for children of all nationalities who want to read something other than Chinese books. Parents struggling to encourage their youngsters to read more instead of idly watching TV or playing video games, this may just be the calling you’ve been waiting for!

Haidian Children’s Palace海淀少年宫 View In Map
Add: 6 Wanliu Xingbiao Jiayuan, Haidian District, Beijing
Tel: 010 8256 7306 (Chinese)
Web: (Chinese only)
Getting there: Take Bus No. 992, 996, 394, 362, 851 or 114 Express to Bagou Nankou (巴沟南口)

Source: 新京报

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