Ulyanovsk Region Recognized as Territory of Books and Reading

Sergey Stepashin, President of the Russian Book Union, praised work of the region in this sphere at a plenary meeting, which took place during the I All-Russian Congress of Libraries "Russia is Famous for Its Names" ("Imenami slavitsya Rossiya").

He emphasized, “I am very glad that this congress is taking place in the Ulyanovsk region, which was recognized as The Literary Flagship of Russia in 2016. It has also become the Territory of Books and Reading twice. Today we agreed that this will be a permanent status for the region.”

The I All-Russian Congress of Libraries "Russia is Famous for Its Names" is held from 18 to 20 June. Its participants come from more than 50 regions of Russia and neighboring countries.

“Such conventions are required to sum up the results, as well as to assess the current situation and the prospects for future development,” said Sergey Ryabukhin, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Budget and Financial Markets and Co-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Karamzin Cultural and Historical Heritage Support Foundation.

The event aims to improve the image and social status of libraries in Russia, to generalize experience, and to identify new ideas, creative initiatives and projects.

According to Evgeniya Sidorova, Acting Minister of Art and Cultural Policy of the Ulyanovsk Region, libraries are becoming modern multimedia and educational platforms within the national project "Culture". Ones in the Ulyanovsk region are visited by 14 thousand people every day. “Today the region has 45 modern libraries, and nine more will be created by the end of the year,” commented Evgeniya Sidorova.