The Hanoitimes - The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism presented bookmobiles to eight provinces across Vietnam on April 18.
This bookmobiles was launched to boost the provision of information and knowledge for people in far-flung areas. The localities include the northern provinces of Lang Son, Dien Bien, Hoa Binh, Ninh Binh and Nam Dinh, the central province of Quang Binh, the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, and the southernmost province of Ca Mau,
This is a practical project that contributes to developing the reading culture in the society as part of a project on the reading culture development approved by the Prime Minister, according to Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien.
He asked the provinces to supplement more books to these mobile libraries in order to better serve locals.
Each bookmobile is equipped with more than 4,000 books, six computers, one server, one projector, and one television. In addition, the ministry’s Library Department also called for donation to provide the mobile libraries with electronic library and document management software, and books for the disabled.
The multi-media bookmobile project has been carried out since late 2015. In October 2016, the VinGroup presented five mobile libraries to Son La, Nghe An, Quang Nam, Gia Lai and An Giang provinces. After one year of operation, these bookmobiles served over 985,000 readers.
In 2016, the Department of Library under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism submitted a project to develop reading culture in 2011 - 2020 to the Government. In addition, Book festivals have been organised on both national and local scales, including the Annual Book Fest and the biennial Vietnam International Book Fair. Book streets are also among initiatives to promote reading among Vietnamese people.