Czech Republic: Culture Ministry Wants to Create “a Country of Libraries”
The Culture Ministry wants to change the Czech Republic into “a country of libraries” within its concept that also revives the plan to build a new seat of the National Library (NK) in Prague, daily Lidove noviny (LN) wrote on Thursday.
According to the ambitious plan, brand new seats of the key scientific libraries will be constructed and the existing municipal and local libraries will be modernised, LN says.
The project for one billion crowns was scrapped by the regional leadership headed by Social Democrat (CSSD) governor Jaroslav Palas a few years ago, but the new coalition in the Moravia Silesia Region formed after the October elections has taken it up again, LN writes.
It says a modern library is not just “a collection of dead books” stored on shelves, but a living institution that works rather as a community centre where people can meet, listen to music, play video games and work in a team on joint projects. Ageing library buildings often do not serve all these purposes.
The concept, which Culture Minister Daniel Herman (Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) submitted to the government, is to change this all over the country.
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