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"I think that in a period in which it looks like that 'anything/everything' is 'solved' via internet the role of libraries in the education of children can't be underestimated."
"You have so many wonderful topics outlined for the conference."
One of the indicators of the importance attached to children in a particular country can be seen through the number and quality of children's libraries. Libraries are just as important and influential during the childhood period as schools and the media. In terms of weaving the cocoon that is writing culture, access to libraries is just as important as access to books. With its themes and topics the First International Children's Libraries Symposium is preparing to make a breakthrough in the field of children's libraries in Turkey. I hope that this child oriented revolution continues until children's libraries are established in all of Turkey's cities.
"Books are magical. Books transform. The form of books has changed significantly from cave walls, clay tablets, and papyrus to electronic tablets but the transformative quality of books has remained constant. However, books cannot transform everything. For example, they cannot transform stone. Books cannot transform hollyhock or piranhas. Nightingales do not sing differently because of the existence of books, the pyramids do not teeter more skilfully because books exist, the dodo bird did not become extinct because books exist, and the Titanic did not sink due to the fact that books exist. Books transform us. They transform those who have a brain and consciousness. Books change those who want to be changed but that is not all; they compel those who resist change to also change. Books cannot be resisted. Those who are stand with books always prevail. Librarians know this only too well. Library lovers know this only too well. How privileged are librarians as guardians of a sacred treasure that they are witness to the curiosity and excitement for reading that represents the first glimmer of hope present in the eyes of a child..."
From the preschool period onwards the interaction of children with books is one of the most important factors in determining their education in terms of emotions and thoughts. It is known that age appropriate quality books enable children to gain new experiences and thus contribute significantly to their development processes. It is a fact that continuing and intensive academic efforts are required to ensure that children and young people acquire a reading habit through those concerned with this in libraries being able to sufficiently understand the importance of the role of quality books. Establishing a role in children and young people acquiring a culture of reading from the preschool period onwards, national cultural and educational policies becoming a fundamental priority, the processes of acquiring a culture of reading and national policies of libraries should all be tackled as whole.
If it will be possible to make reference to a transition from an established societal culture to a culture of reading, the prerequisite is that the primary subject of the culture should move away from being that of an individual and should gain the ability to represent at a societal level. In order for this to be achieved, all the organisations involved in the culture of reading being acquired by children (such as the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Culture & Tourism, the Ministry of Family & Social Policies, the Ministry of Youth & Sports, universities (including research and implementation centres, non-governmental organisations including education trade unions and Children's Trust etc.), publishing houses and artists must take on the responsibility to undertake this. Therefore, it is anticipated that the First International Children's Libraries Symposium will provide an opportunity for those interested in the subject, experts of the field and children's libraries who play an important role in children acquiring a culture of reading to be examined from all angles, for current issues to be established and for recommendations with regard to solutions to be made.
"Many of us will remember how children's libraries launched us on a lifetime of reading interesting books. This conference provides an opportunity for interested parties to explore a whole range of very practical issues from a twenty-first century perspective."
"The wide-ranging investments to be made in children’s libraries are investments that will contribute to a more developed, prosperous and peaceful Turkey as children’s libraries possess the same vital importance as mainstream educational institutions in terms of raising well-equipped individuals who as children under the umbrella of ‘users’ will fill children’s libraries and will benefit from countless and free library services."