Seoul will be operating the “Seoul Public Library Zone” at the 25th Seoul International Book Fair 2019, the largest book fair in South Korea, that will be held from June 19 to 23 at COEX, Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu.
The Seoul Public Library Zone 2019 will be operated under the slogan, “Go to the Book Fair and Meet Libraries.” Public libraries in Seoul that applied to participate, including Seoul Library, the libraries run by each district, the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education Consolidated Library, and more, will all gather in the same place for this event.
The Seoul Public Library Zone will offer a variety of events, including an exhibition, participatory programs, and a conference, to allow visitors a peak into everything about Seoul’s public libraries. First, the exhibition will consist of three parts: (1) Reading the History of Libraries in Seoul, (2) A Deep Look into the Cultural Programs Held at Libraries, and (3) Finding Your Own Way at a Library. The exhibition will allow visitors to browse the past, present, and future of public libraries in Seoul.
Special programs that connect the exhibition with visitors’ experiences will demonstrate the characteristics and personalities of each public library. The participatory programs planned by the different libraries will show visitors that libraries are not just places from which to borrow books, but they are also cultural spaces that can be fun for the whole family.
On June 22, 2019, specialists of various fields from libraries, publishing companies, book shops, and reading clubs will gather to take part in the conference entitled, “Looking for Ways to Revitalize the Reading Culture & Ecosystem with a Focus on Reading and Book Clubs.” The conference will take place at the Event Hall 1, a separate venue prepared in Hall A.
For more information on the detailed schedule of the Seoul Public Library Zone of SIBF 2019 and how to apply for participation, go to the Seoul Library’s official blog (http://blog.naver.com/seoul_library). For other inquiries, call Seoul Library at ☎ +82-2-2133-0213.