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Here's A Short One on The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Pehin Dato Seri Paduka Dr. Haji Awang Hussein Bin Haji Awang Mohd Yussof, who yesterday afternoon told members of the CONSAL XII from ASEAN countries while they made a courtesy call to the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport that libraries in the country are in need of upgrading. During the informal discussion, Minister Dr. Haji Awang Hussein said that he was impressed with the library system in Singapore.
Two stories on China today, This One says Chinese Expats living in Shanghai would like to see the city build more museums, libraries and theaters, are turned off by the poor manners of many local residents and appreciate the city's English-language media.
This One says While many people sang and danced to celebrate the traditional Chinese Lunar New Year, many spent the week-long holiday in libraries and bookstores. This new trend to spend holidays in libraries and bookstores inChina was greatly advanced by the country's call to build a "learning society" at the 16th Party Congress last November.
"China has created an excellent atmosphere for learning and reading now," said Zhou Keda, a professor with the Guangxi Regional Academy of Social Sciences. "Many Chinese, young or old, will by no means give up learning and reading during holidays."
A story on NPR\'s Morning Edition this morning profiled the world\'s largest comic book convention*, just wrapping up today in the city of Angouleme, France. Reporter Frank Browning says that schoolchildren are let out for the festival, and mentions that many librarians visit the show as well. He even says that, on some days, the only books checked out at Angouleme libraries are comic books! The public library system there has a special collection of comic book materials, a partner to the Musèe de la Bande Dessinée* (Comic Book Museum) run by the French government\'s Centre National de la Bande Dessinée et de l\'Illustration (National Center of Comic Books and Illustration).
Somehow I doubt that this kind of recognition will be hitting the comics world Stateside anytime soon.
*These links are entirely in French. If you have unfiltered Internet access, you can see roughly translated versions using Google\'s language tools.
A Sad Story from Botswana, where most school libraries have nothing to read. They celebrated International School Library Day in Ghanzi this week.
Yet Another Story on the Great Library of Alexandria, this one from National Geographic doesn\'t break any new information, but does have a really nice picture. Here\'s Another.
You can also read Address of president Mubarak inaugurating Bibliotheca Alexandria.
\"Maintaining intercultural dialogue and interaction is the only rational way to eliminate violence and tension and build bridges among peoples using knowledge and peaceful coexistence as common bases of communication.\"
\"About 3,000 dignitaries from around the world are expected to attend Wednesday\'s opening of the \"Bibliotheca Alexandrina,\" whose ancient roots go back more than 2,000 years. Critics say the project amounts to an expensive gimmick which does little to improve education in a developing country of 68 million. Alexandrians think the library, the result of a $200 million, 20-year old project backed by the UNESCO and many countries, could do a lot to revive the fortunes of the city that houses one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.\" Read More.
Charles Davis contributes this Guardian story:
\"A scholarly row has blighted the reopening of
Alexandria\'s great library.
It has taken 1,700 years to replace. But now the great library of Alexandria, whose precious manuscripts were torched in AD271, is about to reopen - to a reception blighted by controversy.\"
Klaus Graf writes \"The most serious damage the library incurred was the flooding of the 20,000 rare and historical books and documents. \"We are therefore asking the public in the Czech Republic and abroad, libraries and other institutions, companies and firms worldwide for help. It can be material help or financial help. We need special technologies, above all equipment for the restoration workshop. Financial help is needed for such equipment\". Read more at:
A 25-member Jordanian delegation from a number of
organisations will deliver the books to the ministry of higher
education in Baghdad, where they will be distributed to facilities for
higher education. \"
Klaus Graf writes \"Information and links about the floods damages concerning archives,
libraries, museums, monuments etc. is available at,
Thank you for all support!
Dr. Klaus Graf \"