Library Centenary Books

In 2019, the National Library of Latvia celebrates one hundred years of operation. Continuing what we did for Latvia’s centenary, this year the People’s Bookshelf continues to fill up with donations from visitors to the library – personally selected and favourite books, and in each of them – a special message. Here you can see the most significant anniversary gifts in addition, let us introduce you to their recipients, NLL staff members.

On 23 April, St Jordi’s Day, Linda Mazure, Coordinator for the Catalan National Assembly in Latvia, presented gifts from the President-in-exile of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont i Casamajó, and President of Catalonia, Quim Torra.

On 2 April, pupils from Class 1.d of Rīga’s No 6 Secondary School donated a book they had created themselves to the People’s Bookshelf.

On 14 February, Valentine’s Day, staff of Latvia’s Centenary Information Centre presented their best-loved books to the People's Bookshelf.

In February, German public TV channels ZDF and ARD filmed the story of the much-loved Michael Ende book, The Neverending Story,
which reached the People’s Bookshelf through the efforts of Elīza Palanska and Intra Dīriņa, pupils at the Rīga State German High School.

In 1992, while working as deputy to Minister for Culture Raimonds Pauls, Nellija Janaus visited faraway Australia.

On 24 January, launching their new TV series Literatūre (“Literatour”), travellers Marta Selecka and Gustavs Terzens, along with director Uģis Olte, present the People’s Bookshelf with the works of the writers featured in the programmes.

A gift from Albert Pèlach, Director of Enciclopèdia Catalana participating the opening of the digital National Encyclopedia of Latvia in Bebrene, 18 december 2018.

Albert Pèlach and his wife Betina Askanazy in the Manor house of Bebrene