National Library Day today

The National Library Day will be observed today through various programmes across the country. The Ministry of Cultural Affairs has chalked out elaborate programmes across the country to observe the day aiming at building an educated and enlightened nation and making the people more library oriented, reports BSS.

On the eve of the day, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages greeting all concerned and wishing success of the day’s programmes. In his message, President Abdul Hamid said, “Books play a vital role in building a civilized society. A library contains the chronological changes of a country and nation’s education, taste and culture through books or other documentaries. So, library is a bridge between education and culture of the past and the present time”.

 Hamid urged all government and non-government institutions, including Bangla Academy and Public Library Department, to come forward in this regard. He hoped that the observance of the day will make the people aware of the services provided by library. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said Awami League (AL) government has taken massive development programmes in the country’s library sector aiming at enlightening and enriching the people through gathering knowledge, conducting researches and practicing culture.

The implementation works of development projects and online management of Sufia Kamal National Public Library in the city are going on in full swing. Wars of Liberation and Bangabandhu corners have been set up at every public library in the country, the premier said. In the city, a procession will be brought out from the Department of Public Libraries premises in city’s Shahbagh area. 

State Minister for Cultural Affairs K M Khalid will inaugurate the procession at 8:30 am that will end at the same premises after parading different streets of Dhaka university campus including Teacher-Student Centre (TSC). Besides, a discussion along with a cultural programme will be held at 10am at Shawkat Osman Auditorium in the city, considering the importance of the day.

Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque will inaugurate the event. Additional Secretary of Ministry of Cultural Affairs Md. Abdul Mannan Ilias will preside over the programme while eminent writer Prof Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal will attend it as key discussant.