Croatian Book Month 2017
Croatian Book Month, Croatia’s national programme that has been successfully promoting books and reading as social values of particular significance for more than twenty years, this year opened on 13 October at the Crikvenica Town Library. The main sponsor of this year’s programme is the Croatian Ministry of Culture and its organiser the Zagreb City Libraries public library network.
The opening ceremony included addresses by the Director of the Crikvenica Town Library Irena Krmpotić, Mayor of the City of Crikvenica Damir Rukavina, President of the 2017 Croatian Book Month Programme and Organising Committees Višnja Cej, Vice-Prefect of the Primorje-Gorski kotar County Marina Medarić, and Minister of Culture and Special Envoy of the President of the Croatian Parliament Nina Obuljen Koržinek.
This year’s Book Month, whose programme will run until 15 November, has been dedicated to encyclopaedias, which are at the core of this year’s Month’s slogan – Everything in One Place. In the foreword to the Month’s brochure, which gives an outline of more than 2,000 this year’s programmes, Director General of the Miroslav Krleža Institute of Lexicography Antun Vujić emphasised how knowledge is constantly changing, evading being bound within any single book. “Be it in their traditional, print format, or in that electronic, encyclopaedias are increasingly taking on the role of a central processing point for one global and widely available library bringing together all world libraries, and are thus becoming more and more of a signpost helping us navigate the vast world of global knowledge,” said Vujić. This immense new world of ideas should be brought closer to the general public by the intersecting of the great variety of channels that bring it forward, and in this way contribute to the growth and spreading of public knowledge.
The National and University Library in Zagreb is this year joining the Croatian Book Month programme through organising two exhibitions. Krka in the Eye of a Researcher: A River in Seven Stories (Krka u oku istraživača: rijeka u sedam priča), which will be put on as part of the Library’s Green Library for Green Croatia project, will be held from 24 October to 7 November, while Faustus Verantius of the Renaissance (Renesansni Faustus Verantius), which will feature the work and accomplishments of the distinguished 16th/17th-centuries Croatian inventor, polymath and linguist Faust Vrančić, will be displayed from 6 to 25 November 2017. Furthermore, on 26 October the National and University Library in Zagreb Foundation will present the winner of the 2017 Anđelko Novaković Award. Finally, as a way of marking the Croatian Library Day, which is celebrated on 11 November, the Library will be waiving all late return charges, so users will be able to return their overdue loans free of charge from 9 to 11 November.