December 12, 2016

Successful Campaign to Bring 3,000 Books to Bosnian/Herzegovinian Libraries

The Gariwo NGO is pleased to announce the successful completion of the year-long Campaign to Bring 3,000 Books to Bosnian/Herzegovinian Libraries. City libraries and libraries at secondary schools, universities were included. A total of 3,350 copies of books published in three imprints, The Question of All Questions, Veritas, and Kaleidoscope, by the Gariwo NGO, Sarajevo were distributed. The books are by both foreign authors—Michael Nagler, Michael Worsnip, Rachel M. MacNair, Gabriele Nissim, Michael Lapsley, Irshad Manji — and domestic authors Velimir Milošević, Dževdana Jašarević, Svetlana Broz, Gradimir Gojer, Boban Stojanović and Goran Sarić.

Gradimir Gojer volunteered to organize the campaign and added another 1,150 books from his own private library to the Gariwo collection, so Gariwo delivered a total of 4,500 books to 251 libraries in 44 towns all across Bosnia and Herzegovina.

With the books were also distributed 4000 CDs with a recording of the Gariwo hymn Imam petlju - oda građanskoj hrabrosti [I Have What It Takes—an Ode to Civil Courage] for which Besim Spahić wrote the lyrics and music, arrangement by Amir Bjelanović-Tula, with vocal soloists Mladin Vojičić Tifa, Dražen Žerić Žera, Irina Kaptenović and the Princes Krofne children's chorus.

The libraries were also given 2,500 brochures on the laureates of the Duško Kondor Award for Civil Courage and for Its Affirmation.

The Campaign To Bring 3,000 Books to Bosnian/Herzegovinian Libraries was organized in order to supply literature on civil courage in the languages spoken here, particularly because over the ten years that the Gariwo NGO worked on education about civil courage, the most frequent comment heard from teachers was that they had no literature available on the subject in the languages spoken here.

Keeping in mind the importance of increasing library collections, the Gariwo team regrets the fact that because of the limited number of books at their disposal they were unable to furnish every library in Bosnia and Herzegovina with these editions.

The publishing of the books was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway and Grafičar promet d.o.o. Sarajevo, and distribution was handled using internal funds thanks to the generosity of volunteer Edin Hodžić and other volunteers in the field.

To everyone who participated in this campaign, the Gariwo NGO expresses their gratitude; they wish for the readers at the libraries with which the Campaign worked an opportunity to learn about the subject of civil courage.

Gariwo NGO Press Service

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