“Los rumores de la plaza quedaron atrás y entro en la Biblioteca. De una manera casi física siento la gravitación de los libros, el ámbito sereno de un orden, el tiempo disecado y conservado mágicamente”.
Jorge Luís Borges
On October 24, Libraries Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. Its history begins from the ashes of memory.
In 1992, on this very day, the National Library of Sarajevo was completely ruined due to the attack of radical nationalists who wanted to re-establish the Persian Empire, and that building turned out to be an insult to their beliefs. For this reason ,they decided to destroy it completely and with it, the hundred of thousands of books that kept the history of an entire people.
The image of the ruins of a history covered by ashes was engraved in the world’s mind thanks to the musician Vedran Smailovic who played the cello among the rubble of the building.
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Destroying a library is attacking to the culture, science, art and humanity. Until the technological development, the knowledge was transferred by means of books, so protecting them was a must.
Visit our digital library ELEO in Spanish, from the Acción Educativa en el Exterior as a symbol of respect for science and culture.
La educación es la base del progreso; considero que leer es un derecho incluso espiritual
Esperanza Meseguer Navarro
Teacher ALCE AMSTERDAM in Arnhem
Esperanza carries out a project based on disseminating different meta-analyses for the improvement of education in different aspects as well as the visibility of female referents in science and STEAM.