A solemn ceremony marking the donation of books of the “Great Russian Travelers” series to the libraries in Kuban took place in Krasnodar. Geographical books were given to 142 regional children’s and municipal public libraries.
"Great Russian travelers", a publishing project of the Russian Geographical Society and Eurocement-Group Company, was launched in September 2013. Books introduce young readers to journey notes and expedition diaries of famous Russian geographers and travelers. As part of the project, many books have already been published: memoirs and expedition journals of Miklouho-Maclay, Przhevalsky, Semenov-Tyan-Shansky, Bellingshausen, Bering, Wrangel, Goncharov, Krusenstern, Krasheninnikov, Yancevetsky, Tsybikov, Golovnin, Nikitin, Obruchev and Makarov. More than 100,000 copies of books of this series have already been published. All publications are donated to libraries of our country.
The event was held in the Krasnodar Pushkin regional library and it was organized by the Krasnodar regional branch of the Russian Geographical Society and the Ministry of Culture of the Krasnodar territory.
When opening the ceremony, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Krasnodar Territory Grigory Zhukov noted that learning biographies of great fellow citizens is inspiring and it encourages the younger generation for deeds and scientific research.
Chairman of the regional branch of the Russian Geographical Society, Member of the Public Chamber Ivan Chaika said that this was not the first gift of the Society to young readers of Kuban. Three years ago the series of "Great Russian travelers" included 15 volumes. The new set consists of 17 books. The updated series includes both previously unpublished materials, diaries kept in the Society’s archives, and materials that have already been published. "We reissued them in a single colorful collection, so that our youth could learn about our fellow citizens who opened new countries, islands and continents," Ivan Chaika said.
At the end of the ceremony, the guests of the Krasnodar library shared impressions with each other, asked questions to the organizers of the event and, of course, hurried to flip through the pages smelling of fresh toner.
"Books of the Russian Geographical Society are not just a gift; they are a gift of great importance. Even in the age of Internet such literature is interesting to both children and adults alike,” said Lyudmila Dubinina, the director of the Mostovsky district library.