Saturday, 16 October 2021

Croatian Book Month Kicks Off in City Library in Požega

ZAGREB, 16 Oct, 2021 - Culture Minister Nina Obuljen Koržinek formally opened this year's Croatian Book Month in the renovated and updated city library in the town of Požega on Friday.

In 2021, the Croatian Book Month, which takes place across Croatia from 15 October to 15 November, includes 218 participants and over 1,600 programmes. Most of the participants are school libraries and libraries in the local communities as well as museums, publishing companies and associations.

The main programme is the online national quiz to encourage reading, which is being held under the slogan "Six Authors Seek a Reader".

During the ceremony in Požega, Minister Obuljen Koržinek recalled that this year, 100 million kuna (€13.3 million) was allocated for book and reading promotion. The outlays for this purpose are being distributed to all those who participate in the chain of making a book and for reading encouragement.

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Saturday, 17 October 2020

Book and Publishing Fair of Ethnic Minorities Opens in Vukovar

ZAGREB, October 17, 2020 - The second annual book and publishing fair of ethnic minorities in Vukovar-Srijem County opened in Vukovar on Saturday as part of Croatian Book Month.

The fair was organised by the Association of Ruthenians in Croatia, featuring the Bosniak, Hungarian, Ruthenian, Slovak, Serb, Albanian, German and Ukrainian minorities.

"The purpose of the fair is to present the publishing activities of the ethnic minorities and to show the Croatian public what they do, what they write and what they publish, given the fact that some people question what the money from the Council for National Minorities is spent on," the head of the Association of Ruthenians, Dubravka Rasljanin, said at the opening ceremony.

She said that this year the Council for National Minorities had provided the largest sum of money in the last five years, which would be spent on projects aimed at promoting the customs, religions, languages and scripts of the ethnic minorities and preserving their identities.

Sunday, 11 October 2020

Croatian Book Month 2020 Begins October 15

October 11, 2020 - Croatian Book Month 2020 will be held from October 15 to November 15.

This year’s Croatian Book Month is dedicated to our planet Earth for the reason that this year the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day is celebrated. The motto of Croatian Book Month 2020 is “Razlistaj se!” which, when translated, means “Put forth leaves!”.  This national manifestation, dedicated not only to books but also to libraries, has been held from October 15 to November 15 for 25 years now. The opening ceremony will be held in the newly renovated library of the city Ivanić-Grad.

In these difficult times, it was hard to organize a national manifestation due to epidemiological measures, but despite all the challenges, 1700 live programmes have successfully been organized and prepared. There will also be many virtual programmes available. One of the virtual activities will be a reading marathon “Minuta za čitanje” organized by the Croatian Reading Association (CroRa). Besides the reading marathon, a National quiz intended for children under the name “Istraživači planeta Z” will be held from October 15 to 23 with the goal of promoting books and reading. For this year’s quiz, the contestants will not have to read 3 books as they had to so far. Instead, the contestants will have to explore links that will be hidden in every question. 

As additional motivation for the quiz, the best contestants will be awarded certain prizes. The main prize will be the Lenovo Tab E8 courtesy of the Microline company. Other prizes include a scholarship at the School of fast and wise reading and illustrated books with topics about the protection of the environment.

The closing ceremony is planned to be held at the National and University Library in Zagreb. 

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