POST TIME: 19 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
300 books for children arrive at book fair

300 books for children arrive at book fair

Over 300 new books for children have arrived at the Amar Ekushey Granthamela-2018 that began on February 1.

Children mainly thronged different stalls and many of them were seen buying books on fairy tales, ghosts, puzzles, alphabets, cartoons and comics.  Publishers expect increased sale of children's books on these two days compared to other working days. They said generally, children like those books, which have colorful and impressive illustration.

They also laid emphasis on child-friendly content to encourage them in reading more books as now-a-days they are largely habituated to using technology.  The stall attendants were seen busy dealing with the visitors and smiles flashed on the face of the publishers as holiday crowd flocked to different stalls and pavilions.  Bangla Academy sources said a total of 2,571 books of different genres of literature and branches of knowledge arrived in the book fair till yesterday. The month-long book fair began on February 1 on the premises of Bangla Academy and its adjoining Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital.

Necessary security arrangements have already been made with the installation of 250 closed circuit camera televisions (CCTVs) in and around the Bangla Academy complex. The law enforcers have been deployed in large numbers to ensure foolproof security.  The book fair will remain open for all from 3pm to 9pm on working days and 11am to 9pm on government holidays with a one-hour break for lunch and offering prayers. It will continue till February 28.  Two main entry gates have been erected at Teacher-Students' Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University and Doyel Chattar.  Poets and writers from 15 countries will join the International Literature Conference, 2018 to be held on February 22-23.   A total of 800 stalls including 670 book stalls, 150 stalls of little magazines and some stalls of different socio-cultural organisations have been installed in the book fair covering an area of 1.50 lakh square feet. Bangla Academy will publish 146 new books this year.