April 23, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The 15th annual World Book and Copyright Day is being celebrated internationally today. Created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the theme for 2010 is the International Year of Rapprochement of Cultures.
"World Book and Copyright Day is an excellent opportunity to reaffirm our passion for reading and our gratitude to the authors who enrich our lives with literature," said Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Hédard Albert.
World Book Day is celebrated to pay tribute to books and authors. It also encourages everyone, particularly young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and to gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.
"I encourage parents, grand-parents, friends, and other family members to read to younger children," said Education Minister Roland Haché. "It is a great opportunity to strengthen family ties, and at the same time get our children interested in reading."
Haché celebrated the day by reading to elementary school students at École Arc-en-ciel and Hubbard Elementary School in Oromocto.
The provincial government's commitment to giving books and authors a more prominent place in New Brunswick society is demonstrated by two initiatives:
More information about the book policy is online.
MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Joubert, communications, Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, 506-457-6445.