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Korean Books Donation to City Includes One of World's Oldest

The Palo Alto City Library held a celebration to accept 100 Korean language books from the Korean Language and Culture Foundation in a ceremony attended by the honorable Consul General of Korea Sungdo Lee. Dr. Eun-Hee Koo, Director of the Korean Language and Culture Foundation joined Palo Alto City Library Director, Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne in the official book transfer ceremony held at the Mitchell Park branch on December 5. The donation was also made possible by the Campaign Center of the Book Supplying for Overseas Koreans.


“These organizations chose to partner with the Palo Alto City Library to make the Korean books available because of Palo Alto’s popularity among the Korean speaking community,” said Ziesenhenne. “They are a welcome addition to the Library’s existing Korean language collection.”

Included in the donation is a copy of Jikji, the oldest extant book printed with movable metal type. Published in 1377, Jikji is older than 42-Line Bible of Gutenberg, which was once known as the first movable metal type print book. The donation, which includes books for both adults and children, will be housed at the Mitchell Park and Children’s Libraries. A special bookplate marking can also be found inside each book.

Consul General Lee, who traveled from San Francisco to attend the ceremony, said in his remarks, “It is significant to create a close relationship with the City of Palo Alto since many famous IT companies started in Palo Alto.” Also in attendance were Palo Alto City Councilmember, Lydia Kou, the Chair of Library Advisory Commission, Doug Hagan, and the Vice President of Friends of Palo Alto Library, Charlotte Epstein.

Library customers can find these books in the Library’s new catalog tool here under the keyword search “Korean Language and Culture Foundation donation.”

The Korean Language and Culture Foundation is a non-profit organization for Korean language education, Korean culture promotion and next generation leadership based in Milpitas.

You can find information about the Palo Alto City Library’s international collections here


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