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Valuable old manuscripts kept in a damp room of the old building of Woodburn Public Library. PHOTO: STAR

Woodburn Public Library was officially inaugurated by Lieutenant Governor of Bengal, Sir John Woodburn in 1854

Woodburn Public Library
[source: Daily Star]

No move yet to salvage Bogra old books
Staff Correspondent, Bogra

There is no move yet to salvage more than 17 thousand old books and manuscripts facing decay in the old building of Bogra Woodburn Public Library.

During a recent visit, this correspondent saw old manuscripts kept in a damp room where cracks have developed in the walls and plasters are falling out while the new building is too small to accommodate the original library resources.

Only Tk 15 thousand could have saved the ancient manuscripts that are lying in the old library, schoolteacher Shyamal Bhattacharya, a former member of the library management committee lamented.

In 2004, following the establishment of "Government Woodburn Public Library" on Edward Park premises, the old library management committee was dissolved as the library along with its collections was to be merged with the new one.

But the collection of the old library -- over 17,000 books and manuscripts including a number of over a century old books and 200 to 300-year old handwritten scripts -- are yet to be shifted to the new building as there is not sufficient space.

A recent inquiry has revealed the existence of an over 300-year-old manuscript, library sources said.

Former secretary of the dissolved library committee Shamsul Alam said they informed the district administration about three years ago that the ancient scripts were not being preserved for want of funds. But the district administration is yet come up with any positive response. Bogra deputy commissioner said the district administration has decided to preserve soon all the handwritten scripts and other old books by modern methods.

At least 7,000 valuable books and a large number of manuscripts were lost since the Liberation War, library sources said.

The library was established in 1853 during the British rule with a view to encouraging reading habit among the local people.

Woodburn Public Library: Just one year after the enactment of the public library act in the UK, the first non-government library of the Bangladesh was established at Jessore in 1851, Woodburn Public Library at Bogra, Barishal Public Library at Barisal, and Rangpur Public Library at Rangpur were established in 1854

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Bogra Moha Shommelon

Sommillito Sanskritik Jot Bogra Wing (a cultural organization) has organized a cultural program Moha Shommelon in Bogra on 1 st and 2nd Dec. 2009. Participants are: Khurshid Alam, Azmal Huda Mithu, Shawkat Hayat Khan, Nadira Begum, Mostafa Nurul Islam, Kanak Chapa, Shuvash Dutta, Tipu and many Bograian and Ex-Bograr-Chol.

Edward Park with Woodburn Public Library
[Photo Source: Singer Shawkat Hayat Khan]

Bogra Thomson Hall

International children’s film festival held in Borga

The Second International Children's Film Festival held at Bogra Zilla School Auditorium recently. It was inaugurated on October 5.

Children's Film Society of Bogra and Chhotoder Jonyo Foundation jointly organised the programme.

President of Bangladesh Children's Film Society Aly ZAker inaugurated the festival as chief guest, while it was presided over by Deputy Commissioner of Bogra Iftekharul Islam. Director of Children's Film Society of Bogra Ahmed Sabbir, Bogra Zilla School's headmaster Aftab Ahmed and coordinator of BCFS Sheikh Sazid spoke on the occasion.

The organisers honoured three eminent personalities for their outstanding contribution to the entertainment of the children at a programme yesterday.

They recipients of the honour were - Chairman of Bangladesh Shishu Academy Mustafa Manwar, Managing Director of Channel-i Faridur Reza Sagar and noted filmmaker Morshedul Islam.


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