25 January 2020
Celebrating the Student's Day
25 January is the Student's Day in Russia, a popular holiday which falls on the last examination day and the beginning of the students' winter holidays. On this day, in 1775, Empress Elizabeth signed a decree for the establishment of the first university in Russia, Lomonosov Moscow State University.
To celebrate the Student's Day, the National Library of the Komi Republic set up an improvised examination board at the Parma Shopping Centre. For just one hour, the visitors could pass four different 'exams', individually or as a team, testing their knowledge of history, literature, geography and foreign languages.
Using a map, the participants were supposed to find their 'professors' on the three levels of the trading centre, answer the 'examination' questions and get a mark in their 'student's record-books'.
The participants of the Student's Day did not only learn something new, but also had a good laugh. Those who passed all the tests successfully got discount coupons for shopping at the Parma Trading Centre.
The visitors could also browse the new arrivals of the library: modern fiction and non-fiction, text books and phrase books in foreign languages.
Another bonus for the visitors was a free registration in the LitRes e-books and audio books application. Getting a library account in the LitRes app gives access to a massive collection of popular literature for those who prefer e-books to traditional paper books.