Havana, June 7 - With congratulations to those who preserve and multiply the knowledge accumulated in books, the president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz- Canel Bermúdez, greeted today the day of the librarian in the country.
Through his official Twitter account, the president expressed that despite the distancing imposed by the pandemic, the magic of libraries has remained, and their doors will reopen after defeating the pandemic.
“On the # DíaDelBibliotecarioCubano, greetings to those who preserve and multiply the knowledge accumulated in books. Virtuality has prevailed, but the magic of the libraries remains. Its doors will reopen when we defeat # COVID19,” the head of state wrote.
Every year, on June 7th, the Librarian's Day is celebrated in the country, as a tribute to the birth, in 1812, of the father of Cuban bibliography: Antonio Bachiler y Morales.
This date was celebrated for the first time in 1950, sponsored by the Office of the Historian of Havana, but it was not until 1981 that it was established as a national anniversary.
As part of the celebrations, today we will report on the awards granted by the Cuban Association of Librarians, as well as its highest distinction, the Antonio Bachiler y Morales commemorative stamp.
This award has been given since 1995 to library professionals and institutions that have maintained an outstanding performance in the activity.
Bachiller y Morales (1812-1889), professor and bibliographer, has among his most outstanding works Notes for the history of Letters and Public Instruction on the Island of Cuba. (Text and photo: ACN)