Happy 50th birthday, ‘Denfil’!

Running from 1974 to 2007, the book series has enriched Maltese literature and nurtured generations in appreciating our national language and culture.

Many of us hold a special place in their hearts for the Denfil series, a staple of childhood reading. This year, as Denfil turns 50, Malta Libraries is spearheading a celebratory initiative from 22nd April to 31st August. This event is part of the official activities scheduled during the week of World Book and Copyright Day.

Twelve libraries across Malta and Gozo will participate, each displaying a large poster featuring a Denfil story. Visitors can pick up a special ticket, read stories, and get their tickets stamped by the libraries. In a thoughtful twist, the stories displayed in Gozo libraries in the first half of the event will swap with those in Malta by July, facilitating easier collection of the twelve unique stamps required. The grand finale in August involves collecting these tickets and rewarding participants who gather all twelve stamps with a special gift.

“We are crafting tickets reminiscent of traditional library ones to evoke a sense of nostalgia and create lasting memories,” explained Maria Muscat from Malta Libraries.

Running from 1974 to 2007, Denfil enriched Maltese literature with its initial release of seven books, including the cherished Id-Denfil Taż-Żgħar, which was intended for younger readers. These books have nurtured generations in appreciating the Maltese language and culture. They explore themes such as national pride, environmental conservation, respect for community, and a love for animals, aligning with the rhythm of the seasons and the myriad of local feasts from Christmas to Carnival and the summer festivals.

Reading Marathon: a new chapter for Malta

April in Malta heralds a week-long celebration dedicated to libraries, coinciding with the global observance of World Book and Copyright Day. This day is a worldwide salute to books, their authors, and illustrators, and the joy that reading imparts. The emphasis is on motivating individuals, particularly children, to embrace the pleasures of reading and to freely access books. This year’s theme, ‘Read your way’, champions the notion that reading becomes a joy when it aligns with personal choice.

Marking this special occasion, Malta will host its inaugural Reading Marathon at the Central Public Library in Floriana (Beltissebħ) on Wednesday, 24th April. This unique event features authors, librarians, and literary enthusiasts reading their chosen excerpts from books, plays, or poems in Maltese. Each participant will read for 15 minutes in a continuous relay from 9am to 9pm, including appearances by several special guests.

The public is invited to join in the festivities by attending the marathon and becoming part of the live audience. For those unable to attend in person, the event will be broadcast live across Malta Libraries’ digital platforms, ensuring that everyone can participate in this celebration of literature.

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