Croatian Book Month 2020 marking 50th anniversary of Earth Day celebrations
Croatian booklovers are in for yet another super bookish treat – Croatian Book Month 2020. As an annual national programme successfully promoting books and reading for over twenty years, this year’s Croatian Book Month opened on 15 October at the Ivanić-Grad City Library. It will last until 15 November 2020 and its programme will be spotlighting the 50th anniversary of Earth Day celebrations.
The programme will include more than 1,700 events and activities in libraries all across Croatia promoting the significance of the protection of our planet and the natural environment as a vital precondition to the future of humankind. The National and University Library in Zagreb has taken part in the Month’s organisation and prepared several programmes of its own – a panel discussion marking the 70th anniversary of the establishment and activity of the Croatian Library Association’s Public Libraries Section (Razlistane godine HKD-ove Sekcije za narodne knjižnice), presentation of a special print-and-poetry portfolio by a distinguished Croatian graphic artist Zdenka Pozaić (Hrvatska/10 pjesnika), programme marking the 500th anniversary of the birth of a pioneer in church historical studies and theological controversialist Matija Vlačić Ilirik (Matthias Flacius Illyricus, Flaciana u NSK: u povodu 500. obljetnice rođenja Matije Vlačića Ilirika), presentation of the latest thematic collection of the Croatian Web Archive, bringing together online resources related to the protection of the environment and other environmental issues (Zaštita okoliša), and book preservation workshop of the NSK Preservation and Storage Department (Virtualna Papiraonica).
A multitude of accompanying virtual events will include The Reading Marathon, organised by the Croatian Reading Association, as part of which all Croatian readers will be able to take part in the One Minute Reading Initiative, scheduled to take place online on 23 October. Also, this year’s Croatian Book Month national quiz game for primary school children, Explorers of Planet E., migrated online. The quiz awards ceremony, which is also the closing ceremony of the entire Month’s programme, is scheduled to take place at the National and University Library in Zagreb on 13 November 2020.