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26.07.11

26 Jul 2011 - 10:03

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Iran seeks Poland’s cooperation in collection of World War II documents

Tehran Times: Director of the Iran National Library and Archives (INLA) Es’haq Salahi has requested that Poland’s ambassador to Tehran Juliusz J. Gojlo collaborate in collecting and restoring documents on World War II.

Salahi met with Gojlo at the venue of INLA here on Monday where they both discussed collection and restoration of documents related to World War II.

“Both countries suffered physical damages during the war and many were killed or lost families,” Salahi said, adding these documents would reveal the historical facts intentionally hidden over the past years.

He also praised the efforts made by the Polish centers on preserving the remaining documents and said, “Restoring cultural identity and national documents is regarded as a positive act.”

Gojlo also welcomed the idea of collecting the documents by Iran to be preserved for future generations.

The ambassador also announced that his country has plans to hold an exhibition reviewing the influence of Persian culture on Polish culture in autumn.

In addition, Salahi asked for pursuing the contents of the agreements signed between INLA and the National Library of Poland in previous years.

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Children's Author Tina Turbin Takes First Place for Best Illustrations

Iran News: The multi-award winning illustrated kids book Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy by Tina Turbin has received yet another prestigious award, Five Star Publication’s First Prize for Best Illustrations for its illustrations by Aija Jasuna.

The first book in Tina Turbin’s illustrated kids book series, Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy has already received numerous accolades from a number of esteemed awards programs including the iParenting Media Awards, Mom’s Choice Awards, International Book Awards and the Indie Excellence Book Awards. The picture book tells the story of how Jimmy and his family chance upon Danny the Dragon and his traveling companion, Skipper, and their charming ensuing friendship. It is celebrated for its pro-family themes and messages about kindness.

News of Turbin’s recent honor has appeared in the SanTan Sun News , a wide-circulation newspaper based in the greater Phoenix metro area. The Annual Five Star Publication Purple Dragonfly Awards, which honors excellence in children’s literature, is an extremely highly competitive contest. “Winning any place in the Purple Dragonfly Contest is a huge honor,” explains Linda Radke, president of Five Star Publications, the sponsor of the Dragonfly Book Awards. “Competition is steep, too, because there is no publication date limit as long as the book is still in print.”

Turbin’s illustrations were enthusiastically praised by the judges who praised them as “outstanding.” They went on to say, “Not only are the illustrations charming and expertly rendered, the paintings practically leap off the page! Rather than static or two-dimensional, they are full-bodied, full of movement and motion. They speak well to the story and would engage the imagination of old and young alike. An excellent job!"

Turbin has just wrapped up her West Coast book tour and handling the enormous media interested she attracted with the launch of a revolutionary iPad app for deaf children with iStoryTime, the app developer for How to Train Your Dragon. Turbin’s app features sign language interpretation for the first book in her series, Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy as well as available for the iPhone.

“It’s such an honor to have been recognized by the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards,” Turbin said. Turbin searched far and wide with uncompromising standards for an illustrator who could bring her vision of Danny the Dragon to life, connecting with Aija in Latvia, Europe. “It’s so gratifying to see the book and illustrations have resonated so deeply with another judging panel as they have with our public. It really goes to show that the author and illustrator are quite a team in picture books.”

Tina Turbin wrote her first story at age sixteen, and has since gone on to enjoy tremendous success as a multi-award-winning author, humanitarian, and researcher. Working for many years in Los Angeles with children in the Entertainment Business, she remains an active supporter of children, families, and education and works as an advocate in many arenas of literacy. The Danny the Dragon series fulfills a passion of hers to delight and entertain through her enchanting characters. Her many styles of writing convey to the young and young at heart. Turbin resides in her East and West Coast studios.

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Plans to Promote Book Reading

Iran Daily: Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance has devised plans to promote book reading among Iranians.
Announcing this, deputy culture minister for cultural affairs told Mehr News Agency that a working group will be set up to advance book reading.

Bahman Dorri further said that the ministry has plans for regional, specialized and seasonal book fairs to boost the culture of book reading among the population.

“In a meeting with a number of Iranian librarians and library directors last Wednesday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei criticized Iran’s low per capita book reading rate,” he said.
Introduction of books by luminaries is one of the many ways to encourage the younger generation to read books, he added.
“We have a long way to go to achieve desirable results in this field; however, the ministry plans to create conditions for people of various age groups to read books.”

In April 2008, former director of the Iran National Library and Archives Ali-Akbar Ash’ari announced that Iran’s per capita book reading rate is two minutes in every 24 hours.