National Library Day to be observed on Saturday

The Department of Public Libraries is holding a National Library Day 2022 press conference at its office in the capital on Thursday.—New Age Photo

National Library Day-2022 will be observed across the country on Saturday with the theme Digital library is the pledge of the country’s Golden Jubilee.

The Department of Public Libraries of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs will observe the day by organizing different programs to make people more library-oriented.

In addition, Bangla Academy, Jatiya Grantha Kendro, Kabi Nazrul Institute, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh Library Association, District Administrations and others will also observe the day. .

The announcement was made at a press conference held at the capital’s Department of Public Libraries on Thursday.

Secretary for Cultural Affairs Abul Monsur, Additional Secretary for Cultural Affairs, Library Section Ashim Kumar Dey and Director General of Public Libraries Department Abubakar Siddique among others were present at the press conference.

Abul Monsur said a discussion and cultural program would be held following the Covid-19 health security measures at the premises of Shahbagh Public Library Department marking the day.

“We are going to observe National Library Day for the fifth time. Libraries have a great role to play in creating an enlightened society and eradicating illiteracy,” said Abul Monsur.

He mentioned that public and private libraries across the country have organized programs to celebrate the day with great enthusiasm and are striving to improve their service quality.

The inaugural ceremony will take place in the morning.

Interior Minister Asaduzzaman Khan will attend as chief guest while State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid and Chairman of the Standing Committee of Ministry of Cultural Affairs Simin Hossain Rimi will attend the program as guests specials.

Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Dhaka, AAMS Arefin Siddique, will be present as a keynote speaker at the program, which will be chaired by the Secretary of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Abul Monsur.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina declared February 5 National Library Day in 2017 and the day was observed for the first time in 2018.

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