On the 19th March 2010 was “adopted” the first book from the “Adopt a book” grant programme. The programme started in January 2010 and is organized by the National Library. The first grantors that reacted to the idea, published in newspaper Kultura and that made a donation were the pupils from Secondary Educational School with a humanitarian department John Exarch in Shumen. They were represented by the school’s director Mrs. Valentina Todorova. By this worthy and original way they celebrated the tenth anniversary of their school.
“The adopted” book is an educative collection (konvolut) from the end of XVI and beginning of XVII century. It contains 7 separate publications, including one early Ukrainian poem (lament), written in rhymes (virshi). The book has been restorated leaves by leaves. The original bookbinding has been separately conserved.
On the 19th June 2009 (Friday) in the Conference room of the St. St. Cyril and Methodius National Library an official delegation of the Ministry of Extraordinary Situations, leaded by Mrs. Katina Chernaeva, Chief Secretary, visited the National Library and granted information materials. These materials were books, films, brochures, educative materials for rescuers etc. in Bulgarian and English, as well as in Braille. The meeting marked the beginning of mutual cooperation and future joint activities.
On the 16th June 2009 (Tuesday) in the Conference room of the St. St. Cyril and Methodius National Library His Excellency Mr. Geoffrey Keating, Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland, granted for the library funds and collections CDs with poesy from Seamus Heaney. Seamus Heaney is an Irish poet, winner of the Nobel Prize for 1995. His Excellency presented also the Irish writer Mrs. Deedrah Madden. She gave as a present her book Authenticity (translated in Bulgarian and in original).
On the 22nd May 2009 (Friday) in the Conference room of the St. St. Cyril and Methodius National Library Her Excellency Mrs. Rushda Tavaravei, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand, visited the National Library and made an official grant of books and audio-visual materials.
The event was opened by the Deputy Director research associate Aneta Doncheva. She gave to Her Excellency a diploma of acknowledgement and an album Bulgaria.
The meeting was attended also by Mr. Kitinudda Suksawade Na Ayudthaya, Second Secretary of the Embassy and Mr. Viktor Melamed, honorary consul of the Embassy of Thailand in Bulgaria.
On the 24th March 2009 (Tuesday) in the Conference room of the St. St. Cyril and Methodius National Library Mr. Aleksandar Abadzhiev officially granted his books. The grant contained biographical books for the life and work of prominent Bulgarian musical figures – Nicolai Ghiaurov, Vasil Arnaudov, Sasha Popov etc.
The event was opened by Prof. Boryana Hristova – Director of the National Library. She gave to the grantor a diploma of acknowledgement.
Mrs. Nadezhda Zaharieva, Deputy Minister, made a congratulatory speech on behalf of the Ministry of Culture.
On the 3rd February 2009 (Tuesday) in the Conference room the St. St. Cyril and Methodius National Library received over 150 volumes of books from Macedonian authors. The grant was made by the Cultural and Information Centre of the Republic of Macedonia. The official event was attended by Her Excellency Mrs. Yadranka Dimova, charge d’affaires ad interim and Mrs. Dosta Dimovska, Director of the Centre.
On 5th December 2008 in the Conference room of the St. St. Cyril and Methodius National Library was officially presented the Archival fund of Stefan Gruev grant. This grant had joined the Bulgarian Historical Archive of the National Library thanks to Free and Democratic Bulgaria Foundation, managed by Dimitar Panica. The presented grant contained different types of materials from the 40’s to the 90’s years of XX century – manuscripts, photographs, correspondence etc. in Bulgarian, English, German and French. It contained also many valuable documents, related to the writing of his famous books – Manhattan Project: The Untold Story of the Making of the Atomic Bomb and Crown of Thorns.
On the 13th March 2008 the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden granted to the National Library a facsimile copy of The Silver Bible (Codex Argentum). The Swedish state institutions had decided that the National Library was the most appropriate place for the conservation of this copy of the valuable document. The bible’s translation from Gothic was made by archbishop Ulfilas, who lived in the Bulgarian lands during the IV century.