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Belarusian ABC: 400 Years of History


The exhibition "Belarusian ABC-Book: 400 Years of History", timed to the anniversary of the edition of the first ABC book (Vievis, 1618) is held from March 29 in the Book Museum of the National Library of Belarus.

The famous ABC Books of the XVI-XI centuries are represented at the exhibition. They differ all in composition, graphics, artistic design, teaching methods of reading and writing.

They are also represented some of the oldest domestic books for training, famous letters from Orthodox monasteries and little-known publications for Uniates and Old Believers. Particularly interesting are the Belarusian textbooks for teaching reading of the beginning of the XX century: Belarusian alphabets and textbooks by Karus Kahanets, Ciotka (Alaiza Pashkevich), Yakub Kolas, Vaclau Lastouski, Yanka Stankevich, etc. Every visitor can find a lot of unexpected in Belarusian Soviet alphabets of the period of the elimination of illiteracy, in the Western Belarusian alphabets, and the editions of the Belarusian diaspora abroad.

One of the best Belarusian ABC books of the XX - early XXI centuries is the Anatoly Klyshka's famous "Bukvar", which was published in 1969 for the first time and reprinted 23 times in Belarusian, Russian and Polish. He received the gold medal of the International Leipzig Book Fair in 1977, and he was recognized as the best textbook of the year at the exhibition in Frankfurt am Main in 2004. At the exposition you will see the newest ABC books, prepared by Olga Tsirinova.

But it’s obviously, that the most interesting task for the Book Museum guests is an attempt to find their "Bukvar" from which they started their school. The exhibition presents the old diaries and notebooks, writing materials and other artifacts of school life unknown to modern schoolchildren.

We invite you to the exhibition!

The opening hours of the exhibition corresponds to the opening hours of the Book Museum.
Entrance to the exhibition is available by the library ticket or ticket of the library's social and cultural center.

For more info: (+375 17) 293 25 85.