April 23 – World Book and Copyright Day

23 April 2020

UNESCO announced April 23 World Book and Copyright Day in 1995. Since then the number of countries and organizations celebrating this holiday is constantly increasing.

World Book and Copyright Day is currently celebrated in more than one hundred countries by millions of people who are devoted to reading. The holiday is celebrated is various associations, schools, governmental and professional organizations as well as in some private entrepreneurships.

UN Organization advises: ‘Now more than ever, at a time when globally most schools are closed and people are having to limit time spent out of their homes, the power of books can be leveraged to combat isolation, to reinforce ties between people, and to expand our horizons, while stimulating our minds and creativity.’

The decision to launch celebration of World Book and Copyright Day was made to promote education and enlightenment, development of awareness of cultural traditions and with objectives to foster the enjoyment of books and reading. Books are the biggest source of knowledge extension and the most reliable source of its preservation.

The British writer Thomas Carlyle said: ‘The true university of these days is a collection of books. In books lies the soul of the whole Past Time: the articulate audible voice of the Past, when the body and material substance of it has altogether vanished like a dream. All that mankind has done, thought, gained, or been; it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.’

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