The “Chinese Corner” project launched in the Cleveland Public Library of Ohio, US
On March 28, 2014 EST, the “Chinese Corner” Project introduced by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) was officially launched in the Cleveland Public Library of Ohio in the flourishing spring. Dr. Zhou Haigang, Director of the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University, and Mr. Felton Thomas, Jr., Administrative Director and CEO of Cleveland Public Library cut the ribbon for the opening of the “Chinese Corner”.
Participants of the “Chinese Corner” opening ceremony, including Mr. Felton Thomas, Jr., Administrative Director and CEO of Cleveland Public Library and Dr. Zhou Haigang, Director of the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University
Mr. Thomas addressed the opening ceremony, highly acclaiming the support by Hanban and the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University for the Library. As the 150th anniversary of the Cleveland Public Library was approaching, the opening of “Chinese Corner” would undoubtedly give a strong impetus to the development of the Library. Director Zhou Haigang remarked that the “Chinese Corner” project provides a good learning platform for residents in Cleveland and neighboring districts and builds a good communication bridge between Chinese and American culture. Both sides expected to carry out more cooperation with this opportunity so as to spread Chinese knowledge and culture in local districts.
After the opening ceremony, Mr. Thomas, Administrative Director and CEO of Cleveland Public Library, Dr. Zhou Haigang, Director of the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University, Mr. Milos Markovic and Mr. John Skrtic, Manager of the Foreign Literature Section, Ms. Caroline Han, Senior Librarian of Chinese books, and Wang Miao, a Confucius Institute teaching volunteer took seats and discussed a series of specific cooperation projects, including further carrying out the project of Chinese books, offering Chinese language and culture courses in the Library, opening a Chinese Culture Experience Center and Activity Center. Afterwards, Mr. Thomas led the participants to inspect the site for the future Chinese Culture Experience Center and Activity Center, and then they discussed the detailed plans of Chinese book fair and culture experience activities
Book demonstration zone in “Chinese Corner”
Director Zhou Haigang of the Confucius Institute, Mr. Thomas, CEO of the Library and other related staff discussing further cooperation plans
In order to display more Chinese books, the Library opened a special zone for the “Chinese Corner” in order to attract more readers and meet people’s reading needs. Currently there is a great variety of Chinese books in the Library, including both modern and ancient books. These books cover a wide range of subjects, such as, Chinese language teaching, astronomy and geography. Ms. Caroline Han, a senior librarian in charge of Chinese books in the Cleveland Public Library, is one of the ten award winners of 2013 I Love My Librarian Award by New York Times. The Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University will display more Chinese books in the library. The library will provide free access to these books for local residents and open a special zone for the public to experience Chinese culture. The “Chinese Corner” project, together with the following cooperation between the Confucius Institute and the Public Library, will definitely enrich local resources of Chinese language teaching and China Studies, enhance local people’s understanding of Chinese culture, and provide a broader platform for the development of Chinese language and culture in Cleveland.
By Wang Miao