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Sakhalin Energy donated books on Russian customs and traditions to Regional Scientific Library

On the eve of the all-Russian Day of Libraries, Sakhalin Energy has handed over a set of 17 books to the Sakhalin Regional Universal Scientific Library. It is the ninth time the company has launched its annual project — Book as a Gift.

In 2018, the books prepared by the company are devoted to the customs and traditions of Russian people. They will supplement the collections of books presented to the libraries of the region previously. This year’s selection will help readers not only to fill the gaps in their knowledge of Russian customs and traditions, but also to learn new fascinating facts about the everyday life of our ancestors. The readers will be able to immerse themselves into the tales about the daily life of Ancient Rus, to see the streets of pre-revolutionary Russia, as well as people of those times — a policeman, a messenger and, for example, a seller of caps with their own eyes, to feel the spirit of Russian hospitality and feast making, to gain an insight into wedding ceremonies and religious rites, and to learn about our ancestors’ way of life in small and large villages. The set of books includes encyclopedias, monographs, reference books, collections of maps, as well as gift editions for readers of different ages. It is generally known that traditions define the social and personal life of people, permeate all spheres of life, and serve as a link between the past and the present. They are the so-called “bridge between generations”.

Tatyana Arentova, Deputy Director for Science of the Sakhalin Regional Universal Scientific Library is happy that the cooperation with Sakhalin Energy makes it possible to replenish the collections of municipal libraries with valuable editions. It is especially important that the company includes reference books in the gift sets, since they are published in much smaller quantities than before. “This is high-quality literature with excellent printing characteristics and good content. These books are yet another reason for people of Sakhalin to come to the library, and at the same time, a great opportunity to develop a love of reading in our new visitors,” added Tatyana Arentova. 

Another 15 village and 9 district libraries of the island will receive similar sets of books in the near future. The main goal of the Book as a Gift project is to attract public attention to the information centres of the company. To-date, there are 23 of them on Sakhalin. They have been arranged in the buildings of the town and village libraries in nine districts of the island, where the production facilities of the Sakhalin-2 project are located. All visitors to these centres can get information about Sakhalin Energy’s activities and plans for the future, the rules for participation in its social programmes, vacancies, and much more. In addition, local residents can express their concerns about the operations of the company and its contractors, or file grievances. 

The Book as a Gift project was first launched in 2010 and was timed to coincide with the 65th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. A year later, the libraries of the region were presented with books devoted to the 50th anniversary of the first manned space flight. In subsequent years, the thematic gift sets included books dedicated to the 200th Anniversary of Russia's Victory in the Patriotic War of 1812 (2012), the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty (2013), the Year of Culture (2014), the Year of Literature (2015), the Year of Russian Cinema (2016), and the Year of Ecology (2017).

25 May 2018

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