9 February 2020 - 15:42
Shiraz becomes Iran's book capital

"Shiraz was among the five finalist cities in last year's rounds; serious planning and extensive activities led Shiraz to compete in the final round of this year with Bam, Ray, Rafsanjan and Evez counties and catch the title of Iran's book capital," the mayor of Shiraz said.

Iran (IMNA) - While Ahvaz, Neyshabur, Bushehr, Kashan and Yazd were the five book capitals of Iran in the past years, Shiraz was the first metropolis to acquire this title.

Haidar Eskandarpour, the mayor os Shiraz, described the approval of setting up a book garden by the Islamic Council of Shiraz as one of the most important plans for the coming year and noted that the land of the central library of Shiraz, which had been in dispute for years, would soon be handed over to the municipality to be exploited.

"Launching children's libraries in low-income neighborhoods and approving the allocation of 100 million Tomans to the purchase of books for working and underprivileged children are among the measures to promote reading," the mayor of Shiraz said.

10 book-friendly networks for all walks of life including the blind, senior citizens, children, mothers, urban sweepers, gardeners, craftsmen, businessmen, firefighters and letter carriers have been active in Shiraz. ‌

The mayor of Iran's book capital emphasized, "Taking advantage of books and literature in tourism development is one of the basic strategies of Shiraz managing board and accordingly eight related events have been executed in historical and tourism sites of Shiraz so far. "

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