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Meeting happiness in the library. The Happy 5!

In Greek mythology, the owl is the servant of the Goddess Athena, and is known as the holy bird (used by gods). It is a messenger that symbolizes wisdom, and has spiritual powers, able to resolve all kinds of natural issues hidden from human eyes, and protect humankind.

Its Japanese pronunciation "fukurou" also means happiness, and this bird is seen as a bird of happiness in Japan.

In English, the saying "as wise as an owl" is evidence that the English-speaking world regards owls as a symbol of wisdom.

We have four mascots that represent our visions of Reading, Exploring, recreAtion, Learning. The "pi" in the names is abbreviation of the name of the new hall "public information." It symbolizes that they are messengers of wisdom that assist us in promoting a public information service. They, with the popular book-transportation robot BOPI, form the "Happy 5"!

In facing with the tides of digital convergence, we once mentioned we will actively transform into a "REAL Library" in the "Globalization: The Library's New Role" seminar. The definition and direction of development of R.E.A.L. will be explained below.

Rupi - Brown wood owl

Rupi - Brown wood owl

Libra 10/10

• Younger brother. He is a speed reader with great organizational logic skills. Mathematics and IT questions? He's your man.

• He is the second largest in size child in Taiwan's owl family, and a big guy in the primeval forest.

• He is a juvenile owl that just left his nest. He has a fluffy and white body with a browning face. Isn't he just adorable? Because his feathers are not fully matured, so is only capable of short jumps.

 

Reading

Vision:Reading.

Meaning:We provide LUCKY BOOKS to create a personalized study, KIOSK convenient stations to obtain the latest information on things, Geographical Information System-guided book shelves, AR cards for 3D reading, and interactive story houses to put children inside the world of picture books.

Eepi - Short-eared owl

Eepi - Short-eared owl

Sagittarius 12/01

A popular guy with a positive attitude. He is always curious of the new and unknown, and loves natural science.

The "ear" tufts on his head is not prominent, and would only perk up when alerted. It belongs to the family of plain owls.

He is a lone wolf. He flies without making a sound, making him a stealthy hunter that hunts in the day. He's known as a "Natural Born Killer". He's ultimate skill is flapping his wings without actually moving an inch.

 

Exploring

Vision:Exploring

Meaning:Creating spaces exclusively for different groups, such as the visual/hearing impaired, multicultural groups (American, British, French, new immigrant), seniors, children, and young adults.

Appi - Oriental scops owl

Appi - Oriental scops owl

Taurus 05/15

Younger sister. She is everyone's source of laughter. She loves going to expos and listening to music, and her favorite subject is art.

She has a tiny body, with a dark gray beak and claw tips. Her feathers are a gradient of colors from bright red to gray. Currently in Taiwan, most of them are either brown or red. Generally speaking, the younger they are, the more they tend to be red.

When resting at night, they often chirp in a short "oww" sound.

 

Recre Ation

Vision:Recre Ation

Meaning:Other than reading, the library is filled with all sorts of possibilities, including digital expos, Internet leisure, visual-audio videos, multimedia creations, e-newspapers, digital games, and table top games.

Lapi – Long-eared owl

Lapi – Long-eared owl

Capricorn 01/15

Big brother. The living encyclopedia of the forest. He continues to enrich himself, and is extremely knowledgeable in history and geography.

He has a relatively bigger and more prominent earholes under the feathers, which play crucial roles in sound localization and hunting. The long ear tufts on the head have nothing to do with actual ears.

He's somewhat of a homebody: staying on the same branches and does everything on there.

He's usually a lone wolf, and hunts by the road at night.

 

Learning

Vision:Learning

Meaning:The new building integrates Taiwan's dynamic surface and stratigraphic textures with large windows opening to nature, increasing the interaction with peripheral environment. Different areas provide furniture of different functions to respond to the different needs of the general public.

BOPI

BOPI

Gemini, 6/3. Younger sister. She lives in the spotless Book Drop area, and sometimes moves about in the Child Learning Center. She's the center of attention whenever she appears, and must be accompanied by professional nannies to complete her mission. She can ferry books up to 40kg at a time!

BOPI's name is voted by the readers. Every mascot of the library has a "PI" (public information) in its name, that added with "books" become BOPI!

 

BOPI is a joint-effort with the Precision Machinery Research & Development Center. Its primary mission is to automatically transport the returned children's books to the Child Learning Center. BOPI knows four languages, and serves as a storyteller, as well as the spokesperson of the library. Click here for more!

Currently, our mascots have been widely applied to our library cards, KIOSKS, smart logistics system gates, various announcements, and promotional items.

 

The four visions are our expectations that the National Library of Public Information can become a place for reading, exploration, and life-long learning for all, enabling the general public of all ages and groups to find the services and spaces suited to their needs. Our ultimate goal is to become the most important "third living space" for the general public outside of work and family.

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