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SHKP Reading Club makes reading enjoyable for everyone

Reading enjoyment comes from more than the book, but also how it fits into life. The SHKP Reading Club held a Foot.Print cultural guided tour in November showing connections between ordinary staircases and the history of printing industry in Hong Kong. The Club also took its message to the larger community in activities like the annual Reading Carnival where people had a happy time reading on the Victoria Park lawn in Causeway Bay.

Reading beyond words

Walk in Hong Kong founder Paul Chan led the SHKP Reading Club Foot.Print tour where members took in several Sheung Wan stairways listening to stories from the past about personalities and events in the newspaper and printing industries, along with the evolution of signs and fonts. The tour took in the PMQ Staircase Painting Arts project to see how local and overseas artists used their rich creativity to lend artistic elements to the stairways and saw the Kwong Wah Printing Company family firm in letterpress printing for over half a century. Some participants said the stairways and signboards in the street were often overlooked, but the stories are quite interesting and the tour increased their affection for reading from the printed page.

Play to love reading

The SHKP Reading Club again supported the Hong Kong Professional Teachers' Union Reading Carnival with fun booths and games bringing a culture of happy reading to the community. The carnival featured an arts fair, story theatre, writer talks, drama and folk song competitions and a giant inflatable play center; all letting adults and children have fun reading on the Victoria Park grass. Click here to find out more news and free Reading Club activities on its Facebook page.

SHKP Reading Club members visit stairs in Sheung Wan and listen to their histories from guide Paul Chan
Youngsters at the Reading Carnival 'check out' the linepaper facebook page for happy reading