Savanoriškos knygos bičiulių draugijos vaidmuo knygos kultūros ugdymui ir sklaidai Lietuvoje XX amžiaus 8-9 dešimtmetyje
Vilnius University Library
Voluntary Association of Book Friends
Voluntary association of book friends, Book culture
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AbstractThe purpose of the article is to find answers to the following questions: in what state of mind the creators of book culture have been living in the last decades of the XXth century in Lithuania? What was the role of the Association fostering the phenomenon of subculture between the book creator and the reader? What was their relationship with the Society of XXVII Book Lovers which functioned in Kaunas in 1931-1940 years and what kind of experience the bibliophiles have gained from them in the period of independency? The work of the Association is analyzed on the basis of the Archives of the Republican Board of the Association that is held in the Manuscript Department of Vilnius University Library. The Association was founded on 17 May in 1974. [...] The main goals of the Association were the following: 1) dissemination of books among workers; 2) to encourage a liking for reading; 3) developing literary taste of readers; 4) raising the level of reading culture; 5) systematic study of readers demand; 6) intensification of book swapping, etc. The Association promoted the following forms of work: 1) publishing; 2) establishment of popular bookshops, book kiosks and libraries in workplaces, institutions and at schools; 3) development of system of mobile forms of library services; 4) development and perfection of antiquarian and bibliopole trade; 5) organization of conferences and literary evenings for readers, book exhibitions, book months, lectures and talks about literature, etc. It may be concluded that the Voluntary Association of Book Friends left a significant imprint in cultural life of the occupied Lithuania by the scope and different ways of its work.