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School library contest is under way in the Tyumen Region. On-site stage has begun now: the contest commission will visit all the libraries taking part in the contest to assess their activities. Earlier, on correspondence stage, the participants sent in materials describing successful work of the libraries.
According to the Department of Education and Science of the Tyumen Region, the winners will be elected in two nominations: “The Best Country School Library” and “The Best City School Library” and will be awarded during the traditional pedagogical conference in August.
The aim of the contest is to find and spread expertise of successful libraries, to support innovations, to broaden information space and functional opportunities of libraries.
In Baron Korff Hall of the National Library of Russia a “Dear Allies…” exhibition opened. The exhibits were brought to St. Petersburg for the first time by the Society for Co-operation in Russian and Soviet Studies (SCRSS). According to the press service of the National Library of Russia, the exhibition consists of 25 photographs with annotations. They reveal cultural relations between the UK and the Soviet Union in 1941-1948. A copy of the Scottish Album from the collection of the State Museum of the History of Saint Petersburg, containing letters of Scottish women supporting Leningrad citizens in the heroic time of siege, will also be represented. The presentation will be finished by a video clip about the opening of a memorial to 27 million Soviet warriors and citizens who died during the Great Patriotic War. The memorial was erected in the center of London on the initiative of SCRSS in 1999.
SCRSS was founded in 1924 after diplomatic relations were established between the UK and the USSR. It has been the center of educational, scientific, and cultural contacts between the two countries for many years.
The exhibition in the National Library of Russia also includes books, maps, encyclopaedias, and prints from the library collections which tell the story of forming anti-German coalition.
A lifetime edition of Stalin’s works – the only remaining sample – was found in the collections of a library in the town of Tara. After Stalin’s death all the copies were destroyed. And this book, “Articles on Leninism”, had been kept in the library’s basement for many years.
Such editions are of great historical value, because in 1950-s Stalin’s books were confiscated from all state and personal libraries of the Soviet Union. Thousands of copies were burnt, only several of them remained. Now all the remaining copies are museum pieces.
Unique orthodox books were shown at the one-day exhibition, organized by the employees of the Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts of the Russian State Library. The exhibition was held on March 18, 2010 within the framework of the Days of the Orthodox Book, held on the initiative of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church for the first time this year. The Exhibition took place in the ceremonial hall of the newly renovated Pashkov’s House. It was opened by the Metropolitan of Kaluga and Borovsk Kliment (Kapalin), Chair of the Editorial Board of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Among the exhibits were: Arkhangelsk Gospel (1092) – the fourth oldest of the remaining Slavic manuscripts; Gospel of the prince Simeon the Proud – a unique literary monument of the Russian culture of the first half of the 14th century, a copy of the hagiography of Sergius of Radonezh made in the 16th century, two editions printed by the first Russian publisher Ivan Fedorov: “Apostle” and “Ostrog Bible”, a gospel which belonged to Fedor Dostoevsky and which he kept till his last days, and other rare books that are seldom exhibited.
Opening the exhibition, the Metropolitan Kliment made a long speech on the role of book in general and of printed book in particular in the history of humankind. He reminded that the Bible is still the best-selling book in the world, but he also pointed out a sad paradox: “A large part of the Russian population has never held the Bible in their hands, people have only heard about it.” According to the Metropolitan, now it is hardly possible to revive the old tradition of family reading of the Holy Scripture, but electronic versions can also be used to acquaint the youth with the main christian book. The head of the Editorial Board stressed that he was not against the electronic book in general, but he calls for its co-existence with the printed book.
Making a brief conclusion of the christian book celebration, held for the first time in Russia, the Metropolitan especially noted the meeting of the Patriarch Kirill and the mayor of Moscow Yury Luzhkov with the children from boarding schools in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. At the meeting the children were given christian religious books. According to the Metropolitan, the children “took the books eagerly, looked them through and in two days sent a letter asking to send them the New Testament, as they wanted to read it”.
Sergey Popov, Chairman, Committee on Public and Religious Organizations of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, called the exhibition a “unique event of the all-Russian scale”. He, as well as the Metropolitan Kliment, regretted the decrease in the young generation’s interest in reading and announced the concern of Russian legislative organizations about this problem. He said that, according to sociological research, boys now read 6 times less, and girls 5 times less than 15 years ago. As a result, the nation faces the task of “utmost popularization of its historical and cultural heritage.” In particular, Popov noted the program for support to the efforts of the Editorial Council in digitalizing orthodox literature, so that the need for good literature could be satisfied in provincial libraries.
In his opening statement Victor Fedorov, President of the Russian State Library, spoke of the great opportunities of the cooperation between his library, the main one in the country, and Russian Orthodox Church.
Apart from the named items, at the exhibition you could see orthodox books of the 18th and the 19th centuries from the main depositary of the Russian State Library, which reveal the ideas of spiritual enlightenment of the society, religious education, and the development of religious ideas in Russian theological literature of the 18th and the 19th centuries. A special part of the exhibition was devoted to printed editions of hagiographies, lives of Holy Fathers, commemoration books, and pilgrimages. Among them you could see a book “Old Curiosities of the Russian State” with illustrations by academician of painting Fedor Solntsev, “Commemoration Book, or Obituary”, published in 1700 to commemorate the Patriarch Adrian’s death, collected lives of Holy Fathers “Under the Grateful Sky” with the drawing by saint. grand duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, published by her order in 1914 “for the benefit of the children of warriors who defend our Fatherland”.
The Russian writer and playwright Anton Chekhov’s 150th anniversary will be celebrated this year. This is the reason for organizing “Chekhov’s Space and Time” exhibition in Udmurtia National Library in Izhevsk on March 2.
The visitors will be able to see the author’s biographic editions, and his contemporaries’ notes describing Chekhov’s appearance. Different films and plays of the Moscow Art Theatre will be represented at the exhibition.
According to the Information Department of the local authorities, libraries of the Novosibirsk region will be united in a single information network. It is planned that in 2010 35 libraries of the region will be connected to this united information network.
“At present, one of the main tasks of the Information Department is to form a united regional information network of the libraries of the Novosibirsk region,” noted Natalia Yaroslavtseva, Head, Department of Culture.
This task is planned to be fulfilled due to the implementation of modern telecommunication technologies. This is why Novosibirsk State Regional Research Library acquired a specialized computer program OPAC-Global, intended for creation of electronic book databases in the web.
Natalia Yaroslavtseva also noted that every library had to possess state-of-the-art computer equipment, able to work with large amounts of information, to be connected to the united information network. Central libraries of the Iskitimsky, Kochenevsky, Krasnozersky, Kupinsky, Moshkovsky, Ordynsky, Tatarsky districts and of the city of Berdsk will be among the first to be connected to the network. After the connection is formed, their readers will gain access to electronic catalogs and full texts of documents of any library within the network.
Over 20 books on Stalingrad and Stalingrad battle, as well as “Stalingradskaya Pravda” newspaper, published during the Great Patriotic War, will be digitalized. At present, all these editions and the newspaper file are in the stocks of Maxim Gorky Regional Universal Library in Volgograd. Part of the material has already been digitalized and is ready to be sent to Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library, where it will be trimmed to meet all the technical requirements.
The work of making electronic copies of the unique editions is done within the framework of preparations for the 65th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. It is supposed that electronic copies of rare editions will be exhibited in the International Press Centre in Moscow in the days of the Victory celebrations.
Source: REGNUM news agency
B. Pasternak’s collected works were published by “Azbouka-Classika” publishing group to commemorate his 120th anniversary. In their commentaries the publishers underlined that music, painting and philosophy helped to form Pasternak’s personality and outlook.
Pasternak had been into music and painting since childhood. Music and philosophy opened certain prospects for him, but he preferred poetry. From metaphorical verses of 1910-1920s he went on to free self-realization in his books “Second Birth”, “Early Trains”, and “When the Weather Clears”. The main verses and poems by Pasternak are included into the first volume of the collected works, and the second volume includes “Doctor Zhivago”.
From February 10 to February 14, 2010 the 17th Minsk International Book Fair will take place. Minsk International Book Fairs have been held since 1993 in the “Belexpo” expocentre. Last year over 40 thousand people visited the fair during the five days when it was open. New books were presented by 615 participants from 25 countries. The Moscow Committee for Telecommunications and Mass Media with the support of the Russian Book Union will hold a united exposition of the Publishing Program of the Moscow Government and of Moscow publishers.
The book exposition of the Moscow Government will consist of several sections. Books devoted to the Great Patriotic war of 1941-1945 will constitute the central section of the exposition, as the Publishing Program of the Moscow Government pays special attention to them. The section named “Moscow: History and Modern Time” will become one of the leading ones, too. It will include publications on the history of Moscow urban development, metropolitan architectural monuments, chronicles of Moscow life, culture and literature of the previous centuries, and on history of the most ancient Moscow institutions: Moscow State University, Moscow Conservatory, etc. A large part of the expostition will be made up of reference books published by “Golden Bee” publishing house and devoted to various spheres of life of a modern metropolis: “Moscow. Administration of Capital Metropolis Development”, “Moscow Municipal Services”, “They Are Building Moscow For a Full Due”. Such encyclopaedias as “Sport”, “Moscow, the Birthplace of Astronautics”, “Moscow Encyclopaedia: Faces of Moscow”, and others will also be represented there.
“Moscow in Cinema, Painting, Poster and Photography” section reflects the life of Soviet Moscow. “Kontakt-Kultura” publishing house will exhibit a collection of posters – the brightest propaganda and advertisement genre of the previous century. This section will also include multimedia projects, designed by the Republican Mulimedia Centre within the framework of the Publishing Program of the Moscow Government: “Moscow” interactive reference book, “From Kremlin to Reichstag” and “The Great Patriotic War” chronicles, etc.
A collection of religious editions will constitute yet another section of the book exhibition. “The History of Russian Church” and “Orthodox Moscow” encyclopaedias will occupy most of its bookshelves. Besides, here you will be able to find hagiographies, editions devoted to the history of most ancient Moscow churches, to the history and symbolism of a Russian orthodox church, and biographies of the eminent icon painters.
In the “Famous Moskovites” section visitors will be able to see biographies, memoirs, and works by outstanding scientists, historians, cultural workers, writers, and artists, who lived in Moscow at different times. Among them are: Russian actors Yury Yakovlev and Nikolay Kryuchkov, Yury Nikulin and Andrey Mironov, writers Vasily Zhukovsky and Mikhail Lermontov, Mikhail Bulgakov and Mikhail Svetlov, Anton Chekhov and Fedor Tyutchev, artists Alexander Vertinsky and Klavdia Shulzhenko, outstanding military commanders Alexander Suvorov and Konstantin Rokossovsky, Russian legendary pilot Valery Chkalov and world-known weapon designer Mikhail Kalashnikov.
“Moscow Pushkiniana” is a section including publications devoted to the poet’s life and work. Here you will find various editions of his fairy tales, the most interesting of which is the lushly illustrated book by V. Nepomniashy, in which he collected Pushkin’s fairy tales together with their main literary and folklore sources (including Pushkin’s own notes of the folk fairy tales with his own pictures and illustrations by Russian artists).
Literary works by Moscow writers will be represented within the framework of “Poetry and Prose” exhibition. Here there will be books of all genres: from classics to science fiction.
A separate section is devoted to children’s literature. Along with L. Tolstoy’s, N. Leskov’s, N. Gogol’s, A. Chekhov’s books there will be a thick book named “In-school and Out-of-school Adventures”. Every Moscow first-grader received a present of this book, published with the support of the Publishing Program of the Moscow Government.
All the books exhibited at the exposition will remain in Belarus: they will be donated to the libraries of the House of Moscow in Minsk and of the Ministry of Information of the Republic of Belarus.
Free literature in the street: in Vienna a so-called “open bookcase” was installed. Now anyone can take a book from the bookcase without any annoying formalities, but on one condition: they have to leave a book from their own private collection in return.
The author of the “open bookcase” installation is Frank Gassner, artist and native of Vienna. Earlier similar bookcases had been installed in Berlin, Bonn, Mainz (Germany) and Graz (Austria).
“Open space in Vienna is mostly filled with commercial trash”, - Gassner declared at the opening of the bookcase. According to him, the installation will serve as an answer to such “city rubbish”.
The open bookcase is situated right on the street and is accessible around the clock. It contains about 240 books. Newly arrived items will be marked with special labels, which will help a reader to choose a book. A large book collection was donated to the open bookcase by an anonymous organization, so as to keep the bookcase free from light literature.
Organizers of the installation made sure that the bookcase had two glass doors to keep the books safe in bad weather. Officially this unusual library will be open till June 11, 2010.
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