National Library Day-2022 is being observed today (Saturday) across the country with the theme ‘digital library is the pledge of the country’s golden jubilee’.
Department of Public Libraries under the cultural affairs ministry is observing the day organising different programmes with a view to making people more library-oriented.
Besides, Bangla Academy, Jatiya Grantha Kendro, Kabi Nazrul Institute, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka University, Library Association of Bangladesh, district administrations and others are also observing the day.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave separate messages on the eve of the day.
In a message President M Abdul Hamid said people’s unrestricted access to public library is playing an important role in developing education, culture and social development as libraries have enormous role in forming a knowledgeable, beautiful and enlightened society.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said the present government led by the Awami League has increased the facilities of the libraries along with taking initiatives of project implementation for digitalization of the libraries.
The Prime Minister said a project has been taken to set up ‘Bangabandhu and Liberation War Corner’ at all government-run public libraries to uphold the true history of Liberation War before the new generation.
Directives have been given to introduce library hour at school level to encourage the new generation in using libraries, she said.
Sheikh Hasina declared February 5 as the National Library Day in 2017 and the day was first observed in 2018. – BSS