Delhi Public Library hosts a weeklong exhibition for book lovers

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New Delhi, Feb.1 (ANI): Delhi Public Library (DPL) has organized an exhibition of books and audiovisual archives that capture and showcase unique exhibits encompassing last 60 years and more.

The exhibition is meant to showcase DPL's role as an institution that provides the public with information and insights into India's polity, society, and culture.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit inaugurated the exhibition (Feb.1 to Feb.6) at the Lalit Kala Academy grounds, Copernicus Marg here on Monday afternoon. Also present on this occasion were former Union Minister Dr. Karan Singh and Cultural Secretary, Jawahar Sarkar.

"The exhibition features distinctive events-a display of rare and old books from the library's own collection as well as loaned from other libraries, a rewind of historic milestones, a rare music collection for the listening pleasure of guests, a potpourri of advertisements, articles, and cartoons especially extracted from newspapers of the last many decades, an outstanding documentary on the formative years of Doordarshan, Author meets, the finals of Storytelling competitions for children, and a Bonsai manipulation demonstration to inculcate hobbies," said Dr. Banwari Lal, Director of Delhi Public Library.

During the weeklong exhibition, DPL is also holding a national seminar in collaboration with Raja Rammohan Roy Library Foundation (RRRLF) on "Public Libraries of the Future and the Changing Expectations of Users" on Feb.5, 2010 at the same venue.

The inaugural function of the seminar will be followed by three technical sessions. The objective of the seminar is to discuss the change in reading habits and opinions of Librarians, Administrators, Publishers, and Authors and, of course, the reading public.

Delhi Public Library is an autonomous organization under Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India and provides free library services to the people in Delhi through its 60 service points. (ANI)

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