Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari today directed the officials to conduct Library Week celebrations from November 14 to 20 across the State in a grand manner.
Srihari conducted a high-level review meeting on the importance of national Library Week at Secretariat here on Friday with Special Chief Secretary Ranjiva Acharya, State Libraries Director Venkateshwara Sharma and other officials. The Deputy Chief Minister asked the Library officials in all districts, including Hyderabad to take immediate steps to furnish the books and study material on demand in all the libraries. “This will enable the students to prepare for competitive examinations like Group I, II, Civil Services, Banking, Railways and others”, he remarked.
Srihari said the State government has decided to conduct the event on grand scale by involving readers, intellectuals, educated and others. He asked the government to release Rs 20 lakh for conduct of the Library Week in 31 districts. Kadiam Srihari, who also holds Education portfolio, said about 53 lakhs of readers, including 4.88 lakhs members used to throng 572 libraries comprising about 68 lakhs of books of various types and publications. He said book reading is essential for children, youth and people to get knowledge and awareness on various issues of national and international importance. The Library Week celebrations will begin on November 14 with Children’s Day, book exhibition on November 15, experts’ speeches on main subjects, seminars and meetings on November 17, reading competitions for students on November 18, Women’s Day on November 19, Literacy Day on November 20 and concluding day. (NSS)