In 2010, our two states’ ministries of culture, information and foreign affairs initiated the Belarus Today project to promote our country, resulting in 80 of the best Belarusian books being donated to Poland’s National Library
Our National Library has liaised with the Belarusian Cultural Centre in Warsaw and Poland’s Ministry of Culture and National Legacy to present the editions. The Polish National Library’s Deputy Director, Katarzyna Ślaska, and her Belarusian colleague, Alexander Susha, are hopeful that the gift will promote knowledge of Belarus within Poland, while improving mutual understanding between our nations.
A good book is a source of knowledge, battling ignorance and incorrect stereotypes, helping one state understand another. The major libraries of our neighbouring states have agreed to share new editions more often, to gain information on achievements and legacy first hand.
By Victor Andreev