The Public Library Department in collaboration with the City and District Central Library, organized the valedictory programme of the National Library Week at City Central Library on Nov 20, Friday. " />
Mangalore, Nov 20: The Public Library Department in collaboration with the City and District Central Library, Mangalore, organized the valedictory programme of the National Library Week at City Central Library, Mangalore, on Nov 20, Friday.
Mayor M Shankar Bhatt made the valedictory speech, in which he said that the Central Library has a rich history. He also mentioned that one needs to learn more about one’s country, traditions, history, and culture. Pointing out the differences between learning and reading, he said that one learns for knowledge and reads only to pass examinations. He encouraged people to increase their knowledge by making maximum use of various libraries.
He informed the gathering that a new library will be constructed by the Mangalore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) and that this project will cost around Rs 2.5 lakhs. The work will be completed by 2010, he said.
Dr M K Bandi, the librarian of Mangalore University, said that no library prevents people from reading books, yet people are reluctant to enter a library. He encouraged people to spend more time in reading books. Since Mangalore boasts of 90 percent literacy, people must make maximum use of public libraries available in the city. Mangalore University Library currently subscribes to 68,000 journals via the Internet in order to provide great information to the readers, he said.
K Santhosh Kumar Bhandary, the president of Zilla Panchayath, presided over the valedictory function. Ranganath Kini, the member of Mangalore City Corporation and Dr. N Ismail, professor of Badriya Pre-university College, were the chief guests of the occasion. Mohan Padil and Vaman were also present.