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  • Monday, October 23, 2006

    A Cool Refreshing Breeze

    Reading rooms were important features of American YMCAs at the beginning of the last century; and, the Chengdu YMCA's Public Reading Room was popular in the 1950s. The Chengdu YMCA's Public Reading Room was recently reopened during a time when the craze for money and profit seemed to be fashionable. Some doubted the YMCA's initiative and its spiritual value, but more people endorsed their move. Local TV and a newspaper hailed the program as "a cool refreshing breeze" in Chunxi Lu.

    The Reading Room offers a variety of newspapers and magazines and a small library of books. The room is staffed and is open to the public 9:30 AM to 12:00 noon and 2:30 to 5:30 PM. Since opening it has maintained a group of constant readers. About 10,000 persons come to the Reading Room annually.


    At 9:25 PM, Blogger Judy JAS said...

    Hi Bill, You're doing a great job of reporting your experience in detail. I'm getting some ideas from you and in true YMCA fashion is will copy (plagiarize?) them. I hope you don't mind. Judy


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