The summary sharing session of the 20th Shenzhen Reading Month was held Saturday at Shenzhen Book City CBD Store.
During the session, Zhu Yongxin, a political adviser, shared his impressions of Reading Month. He said that a city full of books can be called a beautiful spiritual home. Shenzhen’s development of reading for all is leading the country.
“I hope that Shenzhen will continue to improve the reading standards of people and further become a model city for reading across the country, and even become a ‘reading city’ in the world.”
Li Xiaogan, a member of the Standing Committee of the Shenzhen Municipal Committee of the CPC and head of the city’s publicity department, shared his thoughts and expectations about Shenzhen Reading Month. “After holding Reading Month for 20 years, the reason the event has become better is that there are a group of leaders with cultural vision and plenty of citizens who respect, love and enjoy reading.”
As Reading Month is about to head into a new decade, he hopes that every window in the city will reveal the light of reading. “Life requires us to read, and reading makes life better,” he said before announcing the launch of the “Warm Reading Night” event.
“Warm Reading Night” was held from Saturday night to yesterday morning. During this “sleepless reading night,” the vast array of cultural activities dizzied the participating citizens. They included an exhibition of Shenzhen-themed works about people in Shenzhen, a live dating event themed “Becoming Friends with Books,” and a puzzle contest for reading enthusiasts called the “Chinese Characters” competition.
At the same time, Shenzhen Book City CBD Store was offering discounts of up to 68 percent off the entire store that night, which set off a wave of book purchases.
Reading Month featured 722 themed activities, nearly 40 percent of which were new projects, and around 11 million people took part in the various events.