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"We Remember Your Pain and Losses, Belarus…" – excursion to the Victory Day

"We Remember Your Pain and Losses, Belarus…" – excursion to the Victory Day
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Students of the Minsk State Vocational College of Arts and Crafts named after N. Kedyshka visited the excursion from the cycle "Outstanding People of the Motherland", dedicated to the writings of the Great Patriotic War period by A. Kuliashou, M. Tank, P. Panchanka on the eve of the Victory Day, May 4.

As part of the tour, the guests were introduced to the architecture, decoration of the National Library, the system of ordering and delivering literature. Part of the excursion was held in the form of interactive classes, during which the guests learned about the writings by P. Panchanka, A. Kuliashou, M. Tank, saw unique visual documents related to the theme of the Great Patriotic War from the collections of the National Library of Belarus: photographs, postcards, posters , war leaflets, reproductions of paintings, facsimiles of front-line newspapers. The excursionists – future graphic designers – studied the presented publications with interest and now they plan to use the sketches and photographs made during the excursion to create their own artwork, as well as to prepare an art exhibition for Victory Day at the college.

At the end of the tour, the guests ascended to the Observation Deck to admire Minsk from a bird's-eye view.

We invite everyone who is interested in Belarusian literature and history on the excursion "Outstanding People of the Motherland" on the works of famous Belarusians: Janka Kupala, Jakub Kolas, Maksim Bagdanovich, Kandrat Krapiva, Uladzimir Karatkievich, Vasil Bykau, Janka Maur, Mikhas Zarecki, Francysk Skaryna.

Applications are accepted from 10.00 to 18.00 from Tuesday to Sunday.

For more info: (+375 17) 293 29 66, 293 28 53.


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Books by American authors have long and firmly settled in the readers' wishlists of many of us, but here is something that could have escaped your attention. African American literature is a very specific phenomenon. Hundreds of years of slavery and segregation, inequality and struggle for rights have left their mark on books, and the love of folklore and elements of African mythology have created a unique flavour, noticeable even in science fiction. Today, on the birthday of the first famous African American poetess Phyllis Wheatley, we will recall the writers for whom her work opened the way to literature.

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Pride, Prejudice, and Copyright: How Books Reach Public Domain

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One might drop by a bookstore in search of timeless classics, and find… something dubious. "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"? "New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in Russia"? At first glance, such books are a crime against literature, morality and human taste, but slow down – everything is done within the limits of the law. All books that have become classics are in the public domain, which means they are open to new interpretations. But how do writings get this status? And what happens after? We will try to answer these questions in as much detail as possible, and will understand the public domain inside out.

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I Stay Here

9 Jun 2021

The Library hosted a presentation of K. Tsybulski's book "I Stay Here" on June 8. The book was published in 2021 by the publishing house "Belarus" with the support of the Ministry of Information of the Republic of Belarus.

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