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The Fourth Belarusian Christmas Reading: Young Adults: Freedom and Responsibility

The Fourth Belarusian Christmas Reading: Young Adults: Freedom and Responsibility
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The Fourth Belarusian Christmas Reading on Young Adults: Freedom and Responsibility officially opened in the National Library, on November 29.

Every year, the Belarusian Christmas Readings are held within the framework of a specific topic. This time the focus of attention is on the urgent problems of spiritual and moral education of children and youth and preservation of cultural heritage.

The ceremonial opening was attuned by Metropolitan of Minsk and Zaslavl Pavel, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus; First Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of Belarus, Natalya Karchevskaya, and First Deputy Director of the National Library of Belarus, Elena Dolgopolova. They also took part in the summing up and awarding ceremony of the 4th Republican contest “The Library as a Center for Spiritual Education and Upbringing". Awards were presented to seven country’s libraries.


  • Borisov Central Regional Library named after Kolodeev

In nomination: “Spiritual and Moral Upringing of Children and Youth”

  • Baranovichi Centralized Library System;
  • Barkolabovo Rural Library (centralized library network of Bykhov region).

В In nomination: “The History of Orthodoxy in Belarus”

  • Lyozno Centarlized Library System;
  • the library of Sinkevichi secondary school.

In nomination: “The family as the Heir of Moral and Spiritual Values.

  • Pinsk City Children’s Library;
  • Omelenets Rural Library (Kamenets Regional Library System).

The event continued with the plenary and breakout sessions. The attendees summed up the sketch competition, intended to restore the 12th–13th century cross belonging to the Turov diocese, and heard reports on the issues of educating children and young adults, promoting family values, local history, information technology in libraries etc.

The event was organized by the Belarusian Orthodox Church with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus, the Ministry of Public Health of the Republic of Belarus, the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus, the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Republic of Belarus, the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, and the National Library of Belarus.

Round tables, conferences and breakout sessions will be held at higher educational institutions in Minsk, on November 30.

All materials are provided by the Public Relations Department.

See also our photographic report below, the video on Belarus-1 TV-channel and the others:



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

11 Jun 2021

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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