“He who stops reading, stops thinking”

“Books have an amazing feature; if you like reading and working with books, you will appreciate everything connected with them, you will even take delight in looking through their pages,” Rector of Armenian State Pedagogical University Ruben Mirzakhanyan said on Monday during an event dedicated to the Book Giving Day.

Mr. Mrzakhanyan stressed that people might have large archives of books in their computers, but a printed book creates a unique feeling that cannot be conveyed through computers.

Participating in the event was also Eduard Sharmazanov, Vice-Speaker of the Armenian National Assembly, a graduate of the ASPU who had participated in the organization of a book collection campaign initiated by the University’s Student Council.

Over 300 books were collected in a few days which will be donated to one of the military units stationed in Noyemberyan.

One of the servicemen of the aforesaid military unit, also a graduate of the ASPU, had earlier requested Eduard Sharmazanov to donate books to the library of the military unit.

“Months ago when I was in Noyemberyan on a working visit, I was asked to donate books to one of the military units. I immediately decided to turn to my “Alma Mater” – Armenian State Pedagogical University. They responded in a short while. I am glad that the book collection campaign initiated by the students and rector was a success,” said the NA Vice-Speaker. “You are the future pedagogues who will educate the citizens of Armenia, and the future of our country depends on your current actions,” he added.

Eduard Sharmazanov also congratulated the presentees on the occasion of the 145th birth anniversary of the great Armenian poet Hovhannes Tumanyan.

Stressing the importance of books and reading, Mr Sharmazanov said, “Ideal can be considered the man who keeps a sword in one hand, and a book in the other. After all, he who stops reading, stops thinking.”

Lilit Vahanyan, one of the participants of the book collection campaign, agreed with the NA official. She expected to be donated “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on the occasion of the Book Giving Day.  In her turn, she donated to the military army one of the books of French novelist Honoré de Balzac.

It is due to mention that the ASPU library was also replenished with new books; US Ambassador to Armenia donated to the University six books in the framework of events marking the Book Giving Day in Armenia.