Unesco has named Turin and Rome as world book capitals for 2006 and from Saturday 22 April until Tuesday 25 April Rome will be offering a large programme in libraries all over the region of Lazio, the province and the city of Rome. The celebrations will begin on Saturday 22 April at 21.00 in the Globe theatre at the Largo Acqua Felix in the grounds of the Villa Borghese where the city mayor, Walter Veltroni will introduce the programme, followed by readings and music. On Sunday 23 April bookshops and public and university libraries all over the city and the region will be open to the public. There will be special exhibitions and literary events all day, including films and book markets, the introduction of an international digital childrens library at the young peoples library in the Via S. Paolo alla Regola, photographic exhibitions, puppet shows, concerts and art exhibitions. At 11.30 a European library will be inaugurated at the Goethe Institut, Via Savoia 15. It will be open to the public it will gradually build up a collection of books in many European languages. For a full programme of the coming events see www.bibliotechediroma.it
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