On October 27, an online event was held at the National Palace. The event was dedicated to the Georgian Children’s Book Day within the framework of the “Tsignipedia” project.
To popularize Georgian children’s writers and Georgian books, online meetings with young readers were planned. Children’s writers and pupils from private and public schools of various cities of Georgia participated in the event.
Children’s writers: Mariam Tsiklauri, Lela Tsutskiridze, Irma Malatsidze, Maka Mikeladze, Tamta Grigolia, Diana Anfimiad, Giorgi Chavidze, Giorgi Chauchidze, Giorgi Chauchidze, held online meetings with the children of Tbilisi, Gori, Kutaisi, Khashuri, Tsalka, Marneuli schools.
Georgian Children’s Book Day was established in 2006 at the initiative of the Children’s Literature Development Foundation and is held annually in Georgia on October 27. It is Jakob Gogebashvili’s birthday. It’s noteworthy that this year’s country marks 180 years of his birth.
Ketevan Kalandadze- (Head of the Library at the National palace): “Georgian Children’s Book Day has been celebrated in the Library of the National Palace since 2012. On this day, we invite children’s writers, translators, and book illustrators. We organize an exhibition of Georgian Children’s books and periodicals. It is a great celebration for our children, who have the possibility to meet with living writers of their books. “
Mariam Tsiklauri (Founder of Georgian Children’s Book Day, Poet): “It was Jacob Gogebashvili’s birthday. The authors of children’s books have been holding meetings with schoolchildren of various schools since morning with the help of Zoom, Tims, Messengers, and Skype. This day will not end in vain for children. I wish them and all students a happy future. This day should become a kind of celebration for everyone ”.
Lela Tsutskiridze – (Auther, Mentor of the Readers’ Club of the Library at the National Palace): “Meetings of Georgian contemporary writers of children’s book with pupils and students of various schools will help adults to be interested in Georgian books as well as help to popularize those writers and their books. This is important for the development of Georgian Children’s literature as a field ”
Irma Malatsidze- (Writer, member of the Readers’ Club of National Palace): ”This was the largest event ever held during the existence of the Georgian Children’s Book Day. Despite the current situation, modern technologies allow us to make little ones happy and have a big celebration. Throughout the day, 20 authors met with up to 30 students from various schools.
The library of the National Palace is going to hold online meetings with readers, online book presentations, and providing coverage of current processes in children’s literature within the framework of the “TsigniPedia” project.