The National Library of Montenegro “Đurđe Crnojević” marked the International Literacy Day with the occasional speech of the writer Miraš Martinović, which was entitled “Book and Memento”.
“It is a great honor to perform at the institution as the National Library “Đurđe Crnojević”, both because of the institution that preserves our memory, as well as because of Đurđe, who brought the letters and the first printing press from the Republic of Venice, and print the first books in this rarely inhabited stone desert, books whose copies still represent gems in the printing and spiritual treasures of Europe”, Martinović began his speech.
According to him, mankind was saved that moment when the letters were invented.
“The man first wrote on stone, material not suitable for writing, on clay, as no reliable and very detrimental material, on the bark of wood, on papyrus and other materials, until we reached the computer and the most advanced machines, which besides writing can remember and store what is written”, Martinović pointed out.
Today, in this Internet era, many say that the book has been thrown into a chimney corner, or, to put it mildly, that it has been neglected, but Martinović advises younger generations to read.
“You who today read from the computer screen and who are turned exclusively to this and such reading, take and read a good book and you will see that the book and letters printed on the paper truly have a soul. You will feel, I’m sure, a fluid you do not get from a computer screen. Once written, the book will never disappear. It is alive, you will realize”, concluded Martinović.
On this occasion, the National Library “Đurđe Crnojević” was visited by pupils from Cetinje schools, who were given books from its holdings.
The International Literacy Day was established at the World Conference of Ministers of Education on the Eradication of Illiteracy in Teheran, in September 1965. This celebration was first marked in 1966, and its goal was to highlight the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and societies on a global scale.