Cats to comfort lonely readers in Tianjin

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  • Sunday, 09 Aug 2020

TIANJIN: Seven cats began their duties as “intern curators” at a library in Tianjin Tower this week.

They will provide comfort to patrons who have been closed in at home because of the coronavirus.

“On Aug 24, the cats will officially assume their duties at the Western Shore Book House, a library with thousands of books,” said Wang Yuyan, general manager of the Western Shore Book House at Tianjin Tower.

The cats represent a variety of breeds – Ragdoll, Exotic Short-Hair and Chinchilla, to name a few. Their average age is one year.

The library has drawn attention as the highest library in Tianjin – 257m above the ground.

It opened on Jan 18, but was quickly closed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Now it is opening again as a key part of Tianjin’s “Fragrance of Books” project, which was launched by the city’s publicity department to encourage people to read more.

The project is popular with residents, offering books to borrow for free. The library – accompanied by the slinky felines – is envisioned as a place where lonely people can find solace during the pandemic.

The 451m-tall tower is a landmark in Tianjin that provides panoramic views from its top.

It was completed in 1991 and was thought to be the highest building in Asia in the early 1990s.

It remains one of the world’s few towers built over a lake. — China Daily/ANN

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