45 Facilities in Fukui Prefecture, Closed Until April 19th

45 Facilities in Fukui Prefecture, Closed Until April 19th

Many Facilities in Fukui City, Including Museums, Closed Until May

In an effort to prevent the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), 45 facilities within Fukui Prefecture, including libraries, museums, art galleries, will be closed from April 4th to the 19th. Fukui City libraries will also be closed until the 19th, while almost all cultural facilities, such as museums and art galleries, will be closed until May 6th.

The special spring exhibit at the Fukui City History Museum, “Akechi Mitsuhide and Echizen – An Age in Enigma” (jointly sponsored by Fukui Shimbun), will come to an end sooner than scheduled.

The suspension of all services in Fukui City community centres has been extended to May 6th; other facilities which have already been closed, such as the Asuwayama Amusement Park, will also extend its closure until May 6th. Further details are posted on Fukui’s prefectural and municipal websites.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1061971

Novel Coronavirus Leaves Facilities Within Fukui Prefecture Quiet

Novel Coronavirus Leaves Facilities Within Fukui Prefecture Quiet

Increased Book Borrowing at the Library in Preparation for Suspension

In the midst of the continued infection of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), on Sunday, March 1st, facilities within Fukui Prefecture, usually bustling with children and families, were quiet. Even in outdoor facilities where it is more difficult for a crowd to gather, parents and children were still discrete in their play. In libraries, families stood out in borrowing books, in preparation for the long school break from March 2nd.

At the Fukui Prefectural Library (located in Fukui City), asking students to practice self-discipline, the facility stated that on a normal weekend, there would be a line of 200 to 300 junior high school students lined up, waiting for the library to open; on the 1st, there was almost no children in sight. During this time, the library’s free study space would be full of students studying for the entrance exams, with an adult sitting in each four-person space, reading a book.

In response to the school closures, the library reported that people are borrowing about 5 more books than usual, going up to 15 books, considering more time will be spent at home. The number of visitors on February 29th were roughly 20-30% lower than normal, but compared to the Saturday and Sunday averages of the month, there were at least 1,000 more books loaned out, totalling to about 4,500 books. A Fukui City woman (aged 40) with her two daughters explained, “Because of the school closure, we’re borrowing more than usual,” taking 30 books on loan.

In Wai-Plaza Shinbo (located in Fukui City), “Asobi MA-RE”, an indoor amusement area for parents and children, there were roughly 20 people, with a staff member commenting, “It is usually bustling with about 200 people on a normal Sunday.” The facility will be closed from March 2nd to 13th.

At the temporarily closed prefectural science centre for children (known as “Angel Land”, located in Sakai City), regardless of the exceptionally fine weather during the winter season, there were much less children playing in the outdoor plaza. A woman (aged 35) from Fukui City explained her reason for visiting with her 3 six-year-old boys, “We didn’t want to go to a shopping centre, where there would be a lot of people; if we’re outside, we can maintain distance from other people.” When the children intend to interact with the playground equipment, they would not take food or drinks with them.

“Prioritizing the children’s safety, and to prevent infection, please refrain from being in the outdoor plaza,” expressed Angel Land in a statement.

Until March 15th, many facilities frequently visited by children, including the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (located in Katsuyama City) and the Fukui Children’s Museum (located in Fukui City), are closed.

“Until spring, there will be many days with bad weather, and if the closure continues, it will be problematic for the facilities,” says a man (aged 39) visiting Angel Land with his family, expressing his worries.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1039387

An Exciting Feeling, A Library’s “Book Fukubukuro” Receives Great Reception

An Exciting Feeling, A Library’s “Book Fukubukuro” Receives Great Reception

Lending Organized by Themes, Two Libraries in Echizen City

Until January 13th in the Echizen City Library, and the 12th in the Imadate Library (both located within Fukui Prefecture’s Echizen City), a “Book Fukubukuro” event is being held. A “fukubukuro” is a grab bag filled with unknown contents and sold at shops at a discount during the New Year’s period. Without knowing what books could be inside, other than a theme written on a label as a hint, visitors can choose a bag containing three books to borrow. This marks the fifth year for this popular project. Ont he first day, on January 4th, there was a large crowd of visitors intending to take part in the event.

Written on the front of the bags are various things such as, “What kind of world are you looking for?” and “Stories surrounding tonkatsu.” Borrowers take the bag home without opening it, filled with excitement to see what kind of books could be inside.

“Borrowers can encounter genres and authors they would normally not choose,” explained an associate.

In the Echizen City Library, bags are categorized by demographics, which include age, with a total of 10 categories set up. This year introduces a bag containing DVDs of movies and TV dramas taken from the AV corner. There are also bags made for independent reading groups, including the “Ancient and Historical Text Readers”, and the “YA Group”, which is comprised of youths who enjoy books. In addition, there is a “Stuffed Bag” available for those looking to borrow up to the 15-book limit. At the Imadate Library, there are three main categories: children, youths, and adults.

According tot he Echizen City Library, there were many visitors who came on January 4th because of the event. At approximately 3,000 books lent out on that first day of the year, it was 1.5 times the number of books compared to a regular weekend.

“All the library staff thought carefully about the selection of books prepared for the visitors. This project is as much for book lovers as for those who normally don’t read,” said an associate, inviting everyone to visit the library.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1006154