ITANAGAR, April 23 - A slew of events, including a book fair, �book corner�, exhibition of paintings, etc., were organised at Roing in Lower Dibang Valley district to celebrate the World Book Day today.
The World Book Day, also known as the World Book and Copyright Day or the International Day of the Book, is an annual event organised by the UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyrights. The World Book Day was first celebrated on April 23, 1995.
�Achievers in life have built their future by reading wide and well. Hence, take to extensive reading,� exhorted Lower Dibang Valley SP Sanjay Kumar Sain while inaugurating the World Book Day celebrations jointly organised by the Lohit Youth Library Network and the Kendriya Vidyalaya, Roing.
�Where there is darkness, you cannot find sun, and where the community does not have the habit of reading, it would continue to be fallen,� stated Sain quoting a Hindi poem.
The SP further encouraged the participants, especially the students, to do extensive reading of biographies for personality development, instead of confining themselves to just textbooks.
Explaining the vital importance of reading, the coordinator of the Lohit Youth Libraries, S Mundayoor, outlined the various activities the library network has been conducting over the last 12 years to take good books to those students, teachers and parents who do not have access to such reading material.
Earlier, welcoming the guests, the principal of the Roing Kendriya Vidyalaya, Deepak Kumar, said that the school would be glad to organise more programmes at Roing to promote the reading habit among the youth.
Later, after visiting the book exhibition put up by the Lohit Libraries, SP Sain declared a gift of books worth Rs 5,000 each to the Kendriya Vidyalaya and the Shemrock Primary School, Roing for participating in the World Book Day celebrations.
A range of books published by NBT India, TERI, New Delhi, Tulika, Chennai, Eklavya, Bhopal, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, Kalpavriksh, Pune and Ektara, Bhopal were on display.
The special attraction was a �book corner� on the Missile Man of India and former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, put up by a local book lover, and an exhibition of paintings by the youth of Roing. Several officers, parents, teachers and students visited the book exhibition arranged by the volunteers of the Dibang Youth Library.