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5/20/2009 (Houston, TX)-- The Houston Public Library invites the community to the opening reception of the photography art exhibition Enchanting Taiwan. The 38 photos in this exhibition, each taken by one of Taiwan s top photographers, reveal the island s superb nature and culture, providing a fresh perspective on Taiwan s enchanting beauty. As part of the reception, calligraphy and paper-cutting artists will demonstrate their work and provide guests with souvenirs to take home. The reception will be held on Thursday, May 21st at 6 PM, at the Houston Public Library Central Library, 500 McKinney, 77002, 832-393-1313.

The reception is also being held in appreciation of the generous donation of approximately 1,500 books and more than 300 CDs and DVDs by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston to the Houston Public Library s world languages collection. All the donated materials are in Chinese, with topics covering Taiwan s flora, fauna, fiction, and famous artists. This donation makes it possible for Houstonians to read about Taiwan s culture, economy, history, politics, and tourism industry in Chinese.

This reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public. The exhibit is currently on view at the Central Library and will be available until June 30th: M - Th 9 am - 9 pm, F - Sat 9 am - 6 pm, and Sun 1 - 5 pm.

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children s Museum of Houston. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library patrons with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at www.houstonlibrary.org  or call 832-393-1313.