The "Special Book for a Special Bookshelf" campaign is an opportunity for everyone to donate a book – of special importance to themselves – to the National Library of Latvia (NLL), also writing a message or personal story relating to the book on its title page. It, together with more than 15 000 books donated by residents or Library guests, will reside in the People’s Bookshelf at Gaismas pils (Castle of Light, from an epic Latvian poem and choral song), supplementing those relayed here in 2014, when Riga's year as a European Capital of Culture was launched with the wonderful and unifying people’s action, the "Path of Light – Chain of Book Lovers".
Altogether, we plan to place about 15 000 books in the People’s Bookshelf in time for the NLL's 100th anniversary on 29 August 2019. Currently, the Bookshelf is home to nearly 5 000 books.
We want the library to have a special place, created by people themselves. Consequently, it is important that each book has its own story about the history of an individual – a story whose like can’t be found in an encyclopaedia or novel. About the everyday, fortune, feelings or beliefs. About what would otherwise be lost in the passage of time.
Your participation is important to us! You will be warmly welcomed at the National Library of Latvia on any day, bringing along your special book or mailing it to us!
Yours, the People’s Bookshelf team
National Library of Latvia
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