A week of books in the Russian State Children's Library

On March 23, 2011 “The Fairy express” starts running in halls of the Russian State Children’s Library within the Week of Books for Children. The Week of Books for Children was initiated by Lev Kassil (1905 - 1970) as “Book’s nameday” and first took place in Moscow in 1943. In 1944 the event gained national success.


The organizers want to add something fresh, bright and unconventional to its traditional way, so this year the “Fairy Express” will take you not only to different places, but to a fabulous realm of dreams and imaginary.  The central concept of the Week is a journey through countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. A rich domain of national culture and everyday life, joint with children’s artworks, texts, visual performances and interactive games help in learning customs and traditions of other people as well as own ones.


One of the stations, which the “Fairy Express” will make a stop at within the these walls, is the international exhibition “Children paint Fairytales“ celebrating the eve of the 10th anniversary of the SCO. The catchword of this project is “Reading fairytales and painting fairytales we learn to understand of each other”. During six years it visited 20 towns and brought together more than 10 000 kids from Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.


A program of the Week includes a bazaar and musical and narration performances at the opening as well as akyns’ performances, artists’ master classes and workshops, various films, competitions and games during the week. A composer Maral Yakshieva is awaited to take part in interactive game performance after World people’s fairy tales. Many famous artists are invited to perform tales as narrators in “One Night at a Library” at the apex on March 26, 2011, which will be the longest evening ever in this library. A quest-game “One Thousand and One Nights”, “Sweet tale” and “Magical Pillow” master classes are also in the program of the evening.


Let’s take a journey, “The Fairy Express” departures on March, 23 at 10 am.


The Week of Books for Children ends on March 27, 2011.


The Week of Books is being organized the Russian State Children’s Library in cooperation with the Center for aesthetic education for children and youth “Museion”  under the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and the Mardjani Foundation.