April 23 is World Book Day. Huang Kuo-Jung, Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs, led 300 children to vow to cultivate the habit of reading. The children loudly stated, “I will read at least 20 minutes every day and I am glad to share my favorites with others. I am willing to be a reading ambassador,” in order to share the happiness of reading. The participants of the World Book Day event launched a campaign to raise children’s book for children in aboriginal tribes. On the day, they raised over 300 books for the distant districts of Taichung County. The children learned the happiness of sharing good things with people.
Huang Kuo-Jung said that children who love reading won’t turn bad. The habit of reading should be cultivated in childhood. Parents should take the time to accompany children to read or tell stories. The process will enhance the parent-child interaction and the knowledge of children, and broaden their vision.
Huang also took Jason Hu (the Mayor) as an example. He said that even though the Mayor’s schedule is tight, he always takes time to read. He encourages children to read more.
In addition to promoting reading on World Book Day, the Library Information Section of Taichung City Government also urged citizens to pay attentions to the development of the publishing industry and copyright protection.