"See you for a book" – The Albanian National Campaign of Reading
To promote reading skills and to emphasize the value of books and reading, the Ministry of Culture of Albania organised a reading campaign, including various activities with various literary characters.
This campaign took place during October 2016 throughout Albania, in cooperation with Ministry of Education and Sport, Tirana Municipality, other cultural institutions, the foreign embassies, as well as University of Tirana, Department of Literary. Various activities included:
"Open readings“- Selected literary pieces, read by actors dressed up as popular literary characters.
Famous people, politicians, ambassadors, writers, and translators read passages from their prefered novels.
#AlbFotobook - An activity that has in focus the promotion of reading to the new generation. Readers simply took photos of their books and posted them in different social media with hashtag #Fotobook and #Takohemipërnjëlibër (See you for a book)
"I read"- all schools of pre-univerisy education system in Albania organised a reading hour with the partecipation of well known writers and translators from their area.
"Funds of Tirana libraries"- Ministry of Culture in cooperation with Municipality of Tirana helped to enrich the book funds of the libraries of Tirana, purchasing many titles that result in absence.
Youth Literary Festival “Tirana 2016”- literary festival that supported the creativity of young poets and writers. Selected poems, prose fiction and essays were been recreated as book trailers, photos, or as a graphic art work.
Increasing awareness of book value and promoting reading habits.
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In addition to numerous activities in Tirana, various activities that encourage reading for all ages were organized during this month by Regional Directorates of National Culture, Libraries and Municipalities of various cities as:
· activities focused on reading on orphanage,
· on asylums for the elderly,
· on different institutions of pre-university education,
· promotion of literary publications,
· creative writing competitions among young ages.
Also, the activities continued with open readings and other similar activities on monumental and architectural sites throughout the whole country.