"It is the challenge, together with the Ministry of Culture and certainly the Ministry of Education, to work on the project to recreate the mobile library, to go from village to village and from school to school for the 21st century," said Grace Fonseca at the annual conference of the National Reading Plan 2027 (NLP), at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon.
The Minister of Culture spoke at the opening of the conference, which has as one of the axes of reflection the adaptation of reading habits to the new forms of language of the digital age.
"Reading habits, the way we read it is profoundly different from the way we read it 20/30 years ago. How do we – government and local authorities – adapt and can we offer different instruments, tools and equipment so that we can give an adequate response to the new ways of reading? "Asked the minister.
In the short intervention, and underlining the intention to promote synergies between agencies and institutions, Graça Fonseca left that proposal to the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, for the renovation of mobile libraries for digital environments.
According to the General Directorate of Books, Archives and Libraries (DGLAB), there are currently more than 60 mobile libraries in the country, added to municipal services, which provide free access to books and publications to populations that can not go to a library.
Some of these mobile libraries now also provide Internet access, CD and DVD lending, and in some cases facilitate electronic payments, scans and even "health care," as DGLAB points out.
However, it was 60 years ago in 1958 that the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation boosted the itinerant library system, at a time when the current network of municipal public libraries had not yet been established and illiteracy rates were high, and access to such equipment scarce.
The annual conference of NLP 2027 runs throughout the day at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation under the theme "Present-Future: The Current Reading."
In an interview this week with the Lusa agency, NLP Commissioner Teresa Calçada said that today, young people, from the time they learn until they consolidate reading, do so in very different environments, "and they can all be called together to improve skills, indices and taste. "
"The NLP has tried this over a decade and now it is proposed to do it in another, with all that it means, to fight against the sign of the times," he said, giving as an example the phrase "to live in a fast time or living in a slow time. "