The National Library Introduces 1,000 Books to Encourage a Reading Culture

The annual book festival, themed "Books for me, for you", attracted a great number of readers from all ages.

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An exhibition entitled Aspirations to Reach Great Heights, part of a series of activities hosted by the National Library to promote reading culture, is offering visitors the opportunity to explore 1,000 books.

Celebrate Vietnam Book and Reading Culture Day 2023 (April 21) and the World Book and Copyright Day (April 23) with activities that honor their importance! Show your respect for the written word by organizing events that promote reading, writing, and the love of books. Invite people to come together to discuss their favorite books, connect with authors, and learn more about copyright. There are so many ways to celebrate these two special occasions; everything from book readings to book-making workshops, and more! Make this year’s celebration one to remember and bring the joy of books to your community.

The book titles are divided into four themes:

  • The Outline on Vietnamese Culture 1943 and guiding viewpoints of the Party and State on building and developing Vietnamese culture
  • Vietnamese cultural journeys, the National Book Awards and positive contributions to the development of reading culture
  • Books and reading culture – perception, innovation, creativity
 Book release of Kim Dong Publishing House at the National Library. Photo: Ngo Minh/The Hanoi Times

The atmosphere was electric as people of all ages got the chance to explore their favourite books and authors. There were book readings, discussions and even book signing events by popular authors. It was a great opportunity to get lost in the world of books and discover new authors.

With the theme “Books for me, for you”, the book festival drew a large number of readers of all ages. The atmosphere was electric as people of all ages got the chance to explore their favourite books and authors. There were book readings, discussions, and even book signing events by popular authors, giving people an incredible opportunity to get lost in the world of books and discover new authors. It was truly a memorable experience for book lovers of all ages!

Speaking at the opening ceremony on April 19, Acting Director of the National Library of Vietnam, Nguyen Xuan Dung, affirmed that the Vietnam Book and Reading Culture Day 2023 is an eagerly anticipated cultural event that is eagerly awaited by book lovers and the entire social community. He emphasized that the day will provide an opportunity for people to come together and celebrate the importance of books and reading in our lives. He also noted the significance of the event in promoting a culture of reading across the nation, helping to create a knowledgeable and informed society. Dung concluded his remarks by expressing his hope that the day will be a success, and that it will be an opportunity for all of us to come together and celebrate the power of reading.

He said this event contributes to building an advanced Vietnamese culture imbued with national identity; honoring the value, role, and importance of books in social life; encouraging and developing the reading movement in the community; honoring readers and participants who work in the publishing industry; and enhancing the responsibility of people for building and developing reading culture in Vietnam.

Through his speech, Dung sent a message: “The more you read, the more you know, the more you learn, the more you expand your horizons! Pick up a book and read it, and the whole world will open up before your eyes.”

 An activity for little children at the National Library. Photo: Yen Nga/The Hanoi Times 

The book festival will provide readers with an opportunity to connect with Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, the former Deputy Minister of National Defense and author of Người thầy (Teacher); poet Le Tuan Loc, author of Cảm ơn người, sông Mê Kông (Thank You, Mekong River); and the authors of Kim Dong Publishing House’s book Những miền lưu dạy – Cảnh Việt trong văn chương (Regions Saving the Mark – Vietnam Landscape in Literature). Fan meetings and book releases will also be featured, allowing readers to interact with these esteemed authors.

Other side activities include: participating in a story-telling contest in English; exploring the digital library; taking part in a book painting competition; playing mind games such as ‘Pieces of Knowledge’; viewing the winning works of the Reading Culture Ambassador contest; and admiring the exhibition of the winning works of the book-inspired painting contest.

The book fair will run until May 5 at the National Library of Vietnam, 31 Trang Thi Street, Hanoi.

Nhung mien luu dau-Canh Viet trong van chuong is an artbook collecting the best excerpts from high school textbooks about the beautiful scenery of Vietnam combined with paintings created by modern artists. Photo: Kim Dong Publishing House