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Culture delivers half a thousand books to the Library of Los Alcázares to mitigate the losses suffered in the floods (09/05/2017)

The Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Environment, Javier Celdrán, delivered today to the mayor of Los Alcázares, Anastasio Bastida, of half thousand books for the Municipal Public Library 'Miguel Galindo' in order to cover part of the losses caused by The floods of last December and that affected mainly the funds of children's and young people's literature.

Celdrán announced at this event the launch of the first contest of micro-stories of the Mar Menor.

This activity, which will take place during next June, "will contribute to promote young writers and encourage writing and reading, since an edition will be made with the five short stories to be distributed on the beaches during July and August ".

Both the readers, through their votes, and a specialized jury will be in charge of choosing the winner of the contest, who will receive a cash prize.

The bases of this First Competition of Microrrelatos of the Mar Menor, "with which the culture, the tourism and the environment go hand in hand", added Celdrán, will soon be known.

For its realization, the Counseling will count on the municipalities of the Mar Menor, with those in charge already has begun to meet.

Solidarity Campaign

As for the donation made to the Municipal Library of Los Alcazares, the counselor explained that "after learning of the damages caused by the rains, a team from the General Directorate of Cultural Assets moved to Los Alcázares to evaluate the state of the facilities, Check the losses and take action ".

Following the implementation of a technical assistance action plan, added the director, "a fundraising campaign was launched from the Culture Network of Public Libraries of the Region, which have collaborated to the best of their ability."

Also added was the General Subdirectorate of the Book and Libraries of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport.

The result has been the delivery of five hundred copies, all of them already cataloged and prepared for their immediate availability to the users of the Municipal Library of Los Alcázares.

And from now on, assured Celdrán, "we will continue in contact with the municipal technicians in order to continue in the support tasks that continue being necessary".

Plan to promote reading

Most of the volumes delivered correspond to books for children and young people, "a particularly important reading public that we care from the regional government and which we will take into account in the actions of the Plan to promote reading," said the head of Culture .

For this initiative, the Government envisages in its 2017 budgets a total of 100,000 euros with which, "in addition to actions such as increasing the funds of public libraries and the total number of users of the network, will launch specific initiatives In schools that strengthen the habit of reading and love for the culture of the smallest ".

These actions included the call for annual prizes to recognize the most innovative reading promotion initiative in schools, as well as to increase the number and renewal of books in school libraries and to facilitate the access of schools to the funds of Loan from the Regional Library.

Javier Celdrán recalled that "the activities aimed at children and cultural education in the classroom, together with the implementation of this Plan for the Promotion of Reading, were identified by citizens as priority actions of the regional government in the consultations held for The Plan of Impulse for Culture and Participatory Budgets, and we will continue working to fulfill our commitment to listen to society in their requests and suggestions. "

Source: CARM

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