Celebrating 50 years of ‘Id-Denfil’

Malta Libraries invites members to take part in initiative being held across various branches from April to August
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Malta Libraries is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the beloved book series Id-Denfil with an initiative for the public launching this month as part of the programme of events for Libraries Week 2024, a week which intentionally coincides with World Book and Copyright Day.

Id-Denfil was published for 33 years from 1974 till 2007 and in its first edition the series was composed of seven books, including the rare Id-Denfil Taż-Żgħar. These books played a seminal role in instilling a love of reading in Maltese among generations of students.

The main themes covered in the stories and excerpts gathered in these books include: a love for one’s country and our unique language, Malta’s historic development, love and respect towards nature and fellow citizens, as well as the love for animals.

“These books played a seminal role in instilling a love of reading in Maltese among generations of students”

Aside from these, it is interesting to note that every Id-Denfil references the seasons and related festivities such as Christmas, carnival, Holy Week and summer feasts.

Members of Malta Libraries who wish to participate in this anniversary can pick up a ticket from one of the following libraries: Qormi Regional, Birkirkara Regional and the Pembroke, Birżebbuġa and Mtarfa branches in Malta, and the Għajnsielem, San Lawrenz, Qala, Għarb and Xewkija branches in Gozo.

Every library will be hosting a story from Id-Denfil and the librarians will stamp one’s ticket upon reading the story.

In July, the stories posted in Gozo will be swapped with those in Malta so that the participants can collect their 12 stamps more easily.

The initiative wraps up by the end of August when the tickets will be collected and a special prize will be announced for those participants who manage to collect the 12 stamps.

This initiative is free and open to all ages. Participants are urged to share their stamp per story journey by tagging Malta Libraries on social media.

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