District Collector S. Suresh Kumar has exhorted children to make it a habit to read books which help them gain knowledge and develop their personalities.
“There is no dearth of good books. It is up to not only children but also all in society to read them to become knowledgeable and responsible citizens,” he said during the 45th National Library Week celebrations held at the district library here on Wednesday.
Mr. Suresh Kumar took pride in the fact that the library movement in the country had a vibrant beginning in Andhra Pradesh in the year 1912 and hoped that it would be strengthened in the days ahead.
Zilla Grandhalaya Samstha chairman Chitta Vijayabhaskar Reddy, said there were 97 branch libraries, 41 rural libraries, and 119 book distribution centres and people were being encouraged to make book reading a habit.
Zilla Parishad CEO R. Jayaprakash Narayan, District Treasury Officer K. Surendra Babu, Municipal Commissioner K. Sudhakar, and others participated. Later, schoolchildren staged cultural programmes.