Culture awards 370 prizes to the best municipal library animation projects at the María Moliner Awards

The Ministry of Culture and Sports, in collaboration with the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP), has awarded 370 prizes to libraries of municipalities with less than 50,000 inhabitants throughout Spain, in the XXII edition of the María Moliner Awards, which reward the best reading encouragement projects aimed at all residents, especially groups with difficulties in accessing reading.

In this edition, according to the department, projects have been presented by 547 municipalities throughout Spain. The 370 libraries of the selected municipalities will receive a prize of 2,777.77 euros. Of these, the top ten will see that amount increased to 10,000 euros. The destination of these prizes will be mainly the purchase of books and/or periodicals by public libraries.

However, the ten best projects have been Alovera (Guadalajara), Lobón (Badajoz), El Ballestero (Albacete), Isla Cristina (Huelva), Carrizosa (Ciudad Real), San Mateo de Gállego (Zaragoza), La Almunia de Doña Godina (Zaragoza), La Almunia de Doña Godina (Zaragoza), Muskiz (Vizcaya), Castropol (Asturias) and Colmenar del Arroyo (Madrid).

The program, financed by the Ministry of Culture and Sport, has a total investment of 1.1 million euros. This program is of great strategic importance in terms of access to books and reading, since approximately half of the Spanish population resides in municipalities with fewer than 50,000 inhabitants.

The objective of the campaign is, following the ideal of María Moliner herself, that any reader anywhere can get the book that interests them, as highlighted by the Ministry.

ENCOURAGEMENT OF READING IN THE RURAL WORLD

On the other hand, the Ministry of Culture and Sports, through the General Directorate of Books and Reading Promotion, has launched the first reading promotion program in the rural world, endowed with 250,000 euros, within the new Plan Reading Promotion 2021-2024.

The objective of the plan is to promote reading, literature and books in the rural world, supporting equipment costs or investments by entities that develop programs to encourage reading, with special assessment of those carried out in towns with less of 5,000 inhabitants.

By Editor