Exhibition inaugurated in Gozo to celebrate World Book Day

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Exhibition inaugurated in Gozo to celebrate World Book DayThe Minister for Gozo, Giovanna Debono, inaugurated an exhibition today, of about a thousand new books in the Gozo Public Library, in celebration of World Book Day.

Many of these books were purchased on suggestions from the public, especially students who make use of the public library facilities in Gozo. They include books of an academic nature, novels, those for adults and those for ages from primary to university level. Also exhibited is a collection of one hundred new books on Melitensia, specialist old books relating to the history of Gozo and Malta.

The Heads of schools in Gozo have been invited to take their students along to visit the exhibition during it’s time at the library.

The Minister for Gozo, Giovanna Debono, explained how each year the Ministry for Gozo, libraries section, coordinate work in the public library services in Gozo. They include two main public libraries in Victoria with twelve branch locations in Gozo. Other services which are also given, is a small library within the Gozo General Hospital. The Minister explained how last year more than 1,200 books were purchased and then were distributed in libraries all over Gozo. The Minister stressed the importance of books, while mentioning how in 2009, nearly 58,000 books were borrowed from the Gozo Lending Library inVictoria and another 61,000 books from libraries in the villages around Gozo.

Mr. Pierre J. Mejlak, Principal of the Gozo College, Chev. Frank Gatt were also present with the Minister. The programme during the day also included grants of books as a tribute to those people who most borrowed books from any branch library in Gozo. Prizes were also given out to the winners among the students of Primary and Secondary schools who took part in a competition on literary works of Mons. Anton Saliba. Several donations were also made to the Public Library, which included theses by Gozitan students and new books from book agents. There were musical interludes provided by the students of Gharb Primary school, under the leadership of Helga Vella. The launch also took place of a new book called Malta at War: Vol 4.

The World Book Day was also celebrated in two other events held during the week in collaboration with the Literacy Unit within the Gozo College. The activities included a commemoration of the Gozitan writer and poet, the Hon. Joe Mejlak (1944-2008) through poetry with the participation of students and adults, as well as an evening of poetry of George Pisani (1909-1999) with the participation of students of Victoria Primary School within the Gozo College.

This exhibition will remain open to the public until Saturday, the 8th of May 2010.

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