Friday, April 30, 2010

Ballybane Library - World Book and Copyright Day

The connection between 23 April and books was first made in 1923 by booksellers in Spain as a way to honour the author Miguel de Cervantes who died on that day. This became a part of the celebrations of Saint George’s Day (also 23 April) in Catalonia, where it has been traditional since the medieval era for men to give roses to their lovers and since 1925 for the women to give a book in exchange.
In 1995, UNESCO decided that the World Book and Copyright Day would be celebrated on this date because of the Catalonian festival and because the date is also the anniversary of the birth or death of several famous writers such as William Shakespeare.
With that in mind today in Ballybane Library we gave out roses and books to our customers

1 comment:

Izzy said...

I love it. Ballybane Library has always very nice ideas for users =).