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CDNLAO Newsletter

No. 84, December 2015


The Eighth Library Day Celebration and Post-Disaster Situation in Nepal National Library

By Nepal National Library

The Eighth Library Day Celebration was held from August 26 to September 3, 2015, approximately four months after the earthquake had struck Nepal in April.

The library day is being celebrated through the country since 2008 to mark the historical day when the decree to establish Nepal’s first library from the Government side was promulgated on September 1, 1812 (Bhadra 15, 1869 Bikram Sambat in Nepalese calendar).

The main objective of the celebration is to foster reading habit, advocate the role and importance of libraries and information centers throughout the country and to help for creating knowledge based society.

A main organizing committee, under the chairmanship of Mr. Bishwa Prakash Pandit, Secretary of Ministry of Education, declared the slogan of the eighth library day as "Love books, Develop libraries." The committee also requested to all the District Education Offices to celebrate the library day in schools and community libraries. Nepal National Library (NNL) served an active role in this eight-day celebration.

List of events related to the Library Day Celebration:

Date Event
August 26 Talk programme on senior citizens organized by Sagarmatha Public Library
August 27 Preparatory Meeting at Kathmandu Valley Public Library
August 28 Tree plantation in premises of the Central Department of Library and Information Science Kitipur
Workshop jointly organized by Nursing Camps, Institute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University and Nepal Library Association
August 29 Talk programme on disseminating the role of Sakotha (library) in Medieval Nepal
August 30 Library cleaning programme in Bishanagar Kathmandu
Talk programme on “Farmer’s library” organized by Nepal Library Association
August 31 Blood donation programme organized by Tribhuvan University Central Department of Library of Information Science
Workshop on “Reconstruction of library” and books handover ceremony organized by Tribhuvan University Central Library
September 1 Massive rally starting from the west gate of SInghdurbar with high level authorities, library and information professionals, students, teachers, parents, representatives of national and international organizations as participants
Main ceremony organized in Russian Center of Science and Culture
September 3 Book handover programme organized by Nepalese Association of School Libraries

Other events held outside the Capital:

< Map of Nepal (the numbers are the same as in the table below) >

City/Region Event
1. Kanchanpur Talk programme organized by Shuklaphata Community Library along with donation of 1,500 books from 48 donors and speeches on reading habit promotion
2. Banke Kohalpur Community Library honoured the senior citizens who contributed to establish and support the library.
3. Rupendehi Interaction programme was organized based on the main slogan by the Lumbini Tinaun Community Library and Resource Center, Sainamaina, Rupendehi.
4. Parbat Moti Community Library, Phalebas Parbat and some other local institutions organized a week long programme,
5. Pokhara A week-long celebration including essay competition, badminton, etc.
6. Lamjung Interaction programme was organized based on the main slogan by the Laxminarayan Community Library and Resource Center, Besisahar.
7. Gorkha Poem competition organized by Health Right and Tobacco Control Center and Gorkha and Tulashi Meher Unesco Club
Poem competition based on the main slogan
8. Chitwan Discussion on the importance and role of libraries organized by Chitwan Library Association. Rameshwor Community Library and Resource Center organized Creative Arts competition among the primary school students
9. Saptari Blood donation programme in District Hospital Rajbiraj
Poem competition based on the main slogan
10. Jhapa Talk programme organized by District Education Office in collaboration with Jhapa Library Association

At the main ceremony held on September 1 which was organized in Russian Center of Science and Culture, Chief guest Honorable Minister of Education, Mrs. Chitra Lekha Yadav said that the library is the indicator of the civilized society, and made her commitment to rebuild the earthquake affected libraries.

Chair of the programme Mr. Bishwa Prakash Pandit said Government of Nepal will rebuild the damaged libraries and implement the library related issues raised by the speakers and stakeholders.

Vice Chair of the main organizing committee Dr. Lava Deo Awasthi thanked all the libraries and stakeholders for their active participation. Ministry is serious to reopen the NNL very soon, he said.

This celebration, with strenuous efforts of many people from many organizations and places, had ended in great success. Through this wonderful opportunity, we are confident that the libraries of Nepal will continue to make steady progress towards full restoration and a brighter future.

< The main ceremony held on September 1 >

< Left: NNL staff with Banner in the ralley in Septmber 1; Right: Participants of speech programme organized by Satsang Library in Bhaktapur >

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