San Francisco donates children’s books to HCMC library

The San Francisco-Ho Chi Minh City Sister City Committee has donated over 400 English language books to the General Sciences Library of HCMC. 

Committee Board member Charles Belle delivered these books to the library on Friday. U.S. Consul General Kenneth Fairfax and the chief Viet Nam representative of express FedEx, Binh Nguyen, attended the delivery ceremony. FedEx shipped the books to Viet Nam free of charge. 

U.S. Consul General Ken Fairfax (L) and Bui Xuan Duc of the library (C) skim a book delivered by Mr. Charles Belle (R) (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

Mr. Belle said at the ceremony, “In the past few years, I have on behalf of the San Francisco-Ho Chi Minh City Sister City Committee personally provided over 400 new English language children’s books to the General Sciences Library. With these additional 400 new books, it will double the number of English language books the committee has donated.”

“This represents the largest single book donation to the children’s room at the library, he added.

Mr. Bui Xuan Duc, acting director of the library, said the books were very meaningful. “The books now are available at the children’s room and we are very happy since the books are in place just a few days before the International Children’s Day, June 1.”

San Francisco became the first U.S. city to establish formal sister city relations with HCMC in March 1995.  Since then, the San Francisco-HCMC Sister City Committees have collaborated on a variety of environmental, cultural, and educational exchange projects.

By Tuong Thuy

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