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Reading is a fun and educational activity for children.
Did you know that the Cheonan Asan Cooperation library has an English children’s book section?
Let’s check it out together.
Cheonan Asan library
The library holds a nice collection of English children’s books.
When I went to the library for the first time, I made an interesting discovery.
Surprisingly, there are more English books available for children than for adults. I wondered why this is the case. When I saw a mother with her young child, carrying a large amount of English books, I knew why. I guess the reason for this may be the high value that Koreans place on English education for their kids which nowadays seems to start at an early age.
Of course there are English studying text books with Korean translations but there is also a large selection of English story books for children.
I would say the majority of the books are aimed at young kids and elementary school age children and above. There are mostly story books and not so many board books which are more suitable for young toddlers.
The library is very nicely designed and makes you feel so comfortable.
What I love about this library is that it is a place where you can not only borrow but also really engage with books. The open structure and the seating area invites you to sit down and dive into reading. There are over 30 seats available in the children’s section.
The carpet and the vivid colours make it a comfy place to sit with your kids and start your reading adventure.
Hello there! I am a self check-out and return kiosk.
Look at this lovely reading room for children with little chairs, tables and a floor mat. This is a safe place where kids can be kids without disturbing those who want to focus on their reading and study in the main section.
Moreover, the library has a nursing room with a changing station and a small outdoor playground.
However, the playground is currently not open due to the pandemic situation.
While libraries in my home country Germany have a kid’s section, I have never seen such convenient facilities aimed at families such as a nursing room and a kids reading room.
To sum it up, I am very impressed with the family-friendly library and the comfortable space provided for parents and children to enjoy reading. From what I have seen, this is a great feature of many Korean libraries.
Thank you to the cities of Cheonan and Asan for creating such a great place for everyone, young and old(er), to enjoy reading.
Culture and education program
The library is also offering special classes for adults and for children, however, the program is currently not fully operating due to the Corona situation. Please refer to the homepage for further information on what courses are offered (in Korean).
How can I check which courses are currently available?
Here is a quick guide:
Click on the plus sign next to “독서문화프로그램 신청” (Reading and Culture Program Registration)
Check 신청상태 (Application Status) to see if application is on-going or if the deadline is over (마감).
I am looking forward to the day when we can freely enjoy the cultural and social life again.
Until then, stay safe and healthy and follow the social distancing measures!
Last but not least, location information.
Cheonan Asan library
Chungcheongnam-do Cheonan-si Seobuk-gu Gongwon-ro 109
충청남도 천안시 서북구 공원로 109
Tel : 041-417-5031
For a detailed guide on how to use the Cheonan Asan library, check out this previous post:
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