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Participation in the Conference "St. Petersburg and Belarusian Culture"
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Traditionally, in mid-June, the 27th annual conference "St. Petersburg and Belarusian Culture", organized by in cooperation with the St. Petersburg Association of Belarusians, took place in the Russian National Library.

The following issues were considered at the conference: Russian-Belarusian cultural ties, monuments of Belarusian history and book culture from libraries and archives, aspects of musical and artistic culture, literary life, biographies of public figures and other issues.

The main bibliographer of the National Library of Belarus Andrei Baranovsky took part in the work of the scientific event with the report “Unknown Manuscript by the Defender of Leningrad”. He donated his book on the Lepel Infantry school (Smolensk, 2018), one of the heroes is the pre-war graduate of the school, Colonel Mikhail G. Gerasimenko (1920–2014), native of Belarus, member of Leningrad defense, author of manuscripts memories of those unforgettable events.

In accordance with the wishes of the successors of M.G. Gerasimenko, and in honor of the 75th anniversary of the lifting of the siege of Leningrad, the manuscript on the memories of a participant in the defense of Leningrad and its digital copy were also transferred by A. Baranovsky to the funds of the Russian National Library.

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How Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck Became the First Book Merch

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You often want to boast about your new hobby to the whole world to know. Got hooked on a book? Buy bookmarks with quotes Discovered a new fancy music band? Hurry up, you need a T-shirt with their logo! Impressed by a new film? Well, you get the train of thought. No matter what we admire, there is a suitable merch somewhere in the world – clothes, accessories and other branded items. It is believed that the era of merch began with Disney's Snow White and the release of the main character, gnomes and kind animal friends toys. But few people know that the first real merchandise was... bookish. Just a moment, ladies and gentlemen, today we'll take a look at how Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter became pioneers in this difficult endeavour and what came of it.

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