The state Mass Education and Library Service department will observe a two-day programme on August 30 and 31 to create awareness about the facilities that are available in 2,500 state libraries located in all the 20 districts of the state.
The state government has been observing August 30 as Public Library Day since 2013 to perpetuate the habit of reading books. The day is observed in all state-run libraries.
In Kolkata, a function will be inaugurated by Siddiquallah Chowdhury, minister of state (independent charge) for Mass Education and Library Services, at the state Central Library in Ultadanga.
On August 31, the main function will be held at the Science City auditorium, which will be inaugurated by state Education minister Partha Chatterjee. The Vice-Chancellors of Jadavpur and Calcutta Universities, Suranjan Das and Asutosh Ghosh, will be present along with other dignitaries.
On Public Library Day, a sit-and-draw competition for students, quiz competition and extempore speech contest will be held. There will be competition for senior citizens as well and all the winning candidates will be awarded prizes.
There will be a rally in the morning to create awareness about book reading.
A seminar on “Importance of Reading and the Influence of Books in People’s Lives” will also take place. There will be a book reading session by eminent litterateurs, along with a book exhibition-cum-sale.
An exhibition highlighting the achievements made by various departments of the state government like tourism, consumer affairs, technical education, information and cultural affairs will also
The sole purpose of the two-day programme is to make students of both state-run and private schools to develop the habit of reading and visiting libraries regularly.