25% of Moldova’s population are beneficiaries of libraries

Up to 25% or the fourth part of Moldova’s population are beneficiaries of libraries. There are persons who read, except for those who have personal libraries at home, show statistical data collected by the National Library from all the libraries of Moldova. Also, the Public Opinion Barometer shows 11% of the population read books and newspapers. “We should work more in this area of activity so as to achieve results,” vice director of the National Library Vera Osoianu stated for IPN.

According to Vera Osoianu, in the libraries of Moldova, the quality of books is very low and 79 years are needed to renew the book stock.

The subject of books and reading is raised by the National Library at the second international conference “Reading as a basis for culture, knowledge and development” that is held online during September 30 – October 2.

According to the last PISA test, 43% of the students in Moldova are functional analphabets. “We have to work a lot on this segment. The chain includes a number of players, starting with the family, educators, teachers, librarians, writers, editors and those involved in the book industry,” said Vera Osoianu.

The participants in the conference will exchange experience and programs that promote books and reading. This year’s event involves representatives of libraries of Ukraine, Romania or Latvia. The announcement of the event reached over 240,000 persons and more than 7,000 of these responded that they are interested or will take part.

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