Friday, January 14, 2011

Tan Yan Kee Library

Somewhere in the middle of China town in Manila is a library that promotes and preserves Chinese culture and provides cultural and information services for Chinoys (Filipino of Chinese decent) in the community. The Tan Yan Kee Foundation had set up a library for kids and grown-ups where they can trace their geographical roots and claim new routes in their second country.

The Tan Yan Kee Library by the Tan Yan Kee Foundation was put together in honor of Mr. Lucio Tan's late father. The foundation provides funding for the library's collection and many activities.

Apart from books, the library houses a collection of AV materials alongside the children's and young adult area. A space for listening and film viewing is alloted as well as a huge map of China and the Philippines. Reference books and the general collection are located in a different floor away from the more dynamic and noisier children's area.

In the summer, storytelling activities, film viewing, performances and summer workshops on writing, dance, caligraphy and the like take place in the library. To avail of such services, one has to be a member. Members can borrow the library's resources and get discounts on the many activities held during summer and on special occasions like, Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival.

For more information on the foundation and its efforts to develop the library, visit this link on the

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