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120 years since Iosif Simanowski’s birth

120 years since Iosif Simanowski’s birth
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24 April marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of Simanowski, known specialist in library science, bibliographer, the first director of the National Library of Belarus, a man who devoted his whole life to the development of libraries in Belarus.

Simanowski was one of the most educated men of his time. He graduated from high school in Vilnia (Vilnius), higher education got in France (Paris, Sorbonne, Faculty of Literature) and in Switzerland (Bern, university, Literature Department of Philosophy Faculty).

Due to his active participation, the library of the Belarusian State University was transformed into the Belarusian State and University Library, which is because of further intensive growth and development became an independent BSSR State Library named after V.I. Lenin (today – the National Library of Belarus). He spent 40 years in this institute on the position of a director. At his time I. Simanowski was at the head of the BSSR scientific medical library.

Wonderful organizer and expert on library and bibliographical science I. Simanowski deservedly was marked by numerous state awards.


Literary Delights: 10 Books with Recipes

14 May 2021

On rainy spring days, you will certainly want to please yourself with something. A good way is to do your favourite hobby, chat with friends or … just eat. Surely, “delicious food” comes right after fiction on your list of favourite things, and when they are combined, it becomes a great way to cheer yourself up and inspire future achievements – maybe even culinary ones. Today we will remember ten excellent fiction books in which cooking plays an important role, and the recipes that are certainly worth a try. Prepare handkerchiefs: some of the descriptions will make your mouth water.

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The Red Book

13 May 2021

An exhibition "The Red Book" will be on show in the Book Museum since May 13. The main exhibit will be an art book by young Belarusian artists Marina Zhvirblia and Fiodar Shurmeleu.

Book exhibitions

"Belarusian Nightingale": a new virtual exposition dedicated to the 135th anniversary of the birth of Zmitrok Byadulya

7 May 2021

We present a new section of the virtual project "On the Waves of Time throughout Life", implemented by the National Library of Belarus, the State Museum of the History of Belarusian Literature, the Belarusian State Archive-Museum of Literature and Art and the magazine "Maladost" dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the formation of the literary association "Maladnyak".

To the 100th Anniversary of “Maladnyak