미래가치를 창출하는 글로컬 산학일체 혁신대학
Traveling with Books
By Kim Ji-hun Reporter, Junior of English Language and Literature
HBNU’s Library Center holds a regular reading gathering at the library every year called ‘Happy Reading Trip’. It started in an attempt to ‘expand a pleasant reading culture by reading together and sharing appreciation.’ Twenty-five participants can receive books, some recommended by the librarians and others they select for themselves. In addition, after reading, they can have the useful experience of broadening their horizons of thought through the free discussion sessions in which they exchange reviews with each other. There is no fee, and all participants are given free books and opportunities for a cultural trip during the summer vacation.
Last year, starting on May 2nd, regular meetings were held every two weeks. Participants had to submit summary notes about the books before the meeting, and they were able to talk to other participants based on these notes. This book club has an atmosphere for comfortable conversation about books making them like conversations with close friends. Snacks and drinks are provided free of charge at each meeting, and open discussion is encouraged. The gathering doesn’t end at the ‘reading.’ It is possible to have a broad conversation that extends to other books, movies, and music without any restrictions. In addition to the regular meetings, a group study room in the library can be used for gatherings. Anyone can make a meeting if the date and time are reserved, regardless of the number of people. One of the advantages of the reading program is that it allows extensive reading of essays, novels, and poetry. If you are a student who only reads one kind of writing, it will be a good opportunity for you to form a more balanced reading habit.
In July last year, a cultural tour was held in Jeonju as part of the program for the 3rd Happy Reading Tour. The 20 students toured various cultural and tourist attractions, including the Choi Myung-hee Literature Museum in Jeonju, and they were given various opportunities to experience literature closely. The cultural tour presented more interest by offering experiences of the traditional local culture, such as enjoying local food, making hanji, and rubbing and metal type-making. Choi Mi-young, a teacher in charge of the gathering, said, "I felt rewarded when I saw students who were enjoying the program. I would like to thank all my friends for their courage, for their new experience, and for their hard work in every moment. I hope this opportunity will remain a meaningful and precious memory for everyone."
The reading program was first implemented in 2017. It has been conducted once a year and finished its third set of activities last year. Meet in spring, break up in fall. By winter, your expanded reading habits will be second nature to you. If you want to read books from various fields with your friends, why not take part in the next Happy Reading Trip?