A corner of the “Parallel Library,” currently exhibited at the lobby of Kerry Plaza Tower 3 for book donations for one month through the end of August. Courtesy of Shenzhen Kerry Plaza
A charity project called “Parallel Library” was officially launched at the lobby of Shenzhen Kerry Plaza Tower 3 in Futian CBD on Friday. The project was jointly initiated by Shenzhen Kerry Plaza, Little Aid from Everyone Organization (LAFE) and Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL).
The launching ceremony was officiated by Shari Ng, general manager of Kerry Development (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd., Edward Xia, managing director of JLL Shenzhen, Yue Xiaoqiang, director of LAFE, and Marco Lam, brand and marketing director of Kerry Properties (Southern Region).
“Parallel Library” is a multifunctional mobile library made of 138 wooden boxes and is currently being exhibited at the lobby of Kerry Plaza Tower 3 for book donations for one month. In September, the library, along with the books, will be delivered to Mingde Primary School, Xinzhuang Village, Jietou County, Tengchong City in Yunnan Province as a special present for fall semester opening, which enables rural students in Yunnan to access reading resources that their peers in Shenzhen are enjoying. One thing worth mentioning is that all the wooden boxes are made of eco-friendly materials and are reusable, safe and harmless to children’s health.
The “Parallel Library” project has been undertaken by volunteers from the three initiating partners throughout the whole process of planning, design, construction and implementation. Hecian Interiors and artist Song Santu also participated in the fabrication of the boxes and creation of the main visual artwork.
Leo Li, the library’s designer and design director of Project and Development Services for JLL China, said the boxes are multifunctional in that they can be flexibly assembled to fit in different settings. “For example, the boxes can be used as seats, bookshelves or desks to suit various study scenarios in the school,” Li explained.
Families or children who would like to support this meaningful project are welcome to make donations to the library.
Over the past seven years, Kerry Plaza and its community members have been committed to donating books to kids in rural areas. So far, they have donated book corners to Changsha Special Education School in Hunan Province, Maryong Diyur Primary School in Kashgar of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Gongshanwan Primary School in Jietou County, Tengchong City, Yunnan Province.