Today is the birthday of the unusual cultural institutions of the capital library and cultural center. de Saint-Exupery. In this status, it exists since 2008, but, given the continuity traces its history to the “library of the exiled settlers and convicts”, that is from 1936. As the memory of those years there are three rack from old, black from time to time books… We’re in front of a large festive evening talked with the Director Mstislav Sheet — a well-known person, because he is a test pilot, founder of the Charity Foundation. de Saint-Exupery.
— A simple question: what is your library different from the others, for what audience it targets and what you have to offer?
Is a unique institution, the only one in the country. It is clear that it is the aviation-technical profile, which is very important today. But we have bright own face. Moreover, we do not suddenly have made such a name: support the serious relations with France, has immortalized the name of the famous writer, who is very loved in our country, maintained contact with the heirs of de Saint-Exupery. Although it made its way with difficulty, in 2003 we with cosmonaut Igor Volk — I’m also the test pilot, we’re both students Grizodubova — created the Fondation de Saint-exupéry…
— Love for him in Russia is extraordinary.
— Still! First work “the Little Prince” was published in the magazine “Moscow” in 1959, and since then the name de Saint-Exupery in the country, off we go, all the rest of his books also became popular, such as Yuri Gagarin is a “Little Prince” and “Military pilot”. I sometimes asked the question: why do you say, unpatriotic act, was named after Saint-exupéry, we have that its not? Pokryshkin, Kozhedub?.. That’s because they called that he and the pilot, and writer. Everything is quite logical. And as Kozhedub and Pokryshkin — their names should be called aviation centres, schools, aeroportului clubs. Please. And will call as soon as aircraft will be destined to be reborn fully…
— And your contingent is students of aerospace profile?
— We are aviation of all types: fighter, long-range, military transport, assault, marine… for Example, after our anniversary, about 26-27 October, we hold an evening to the 100th anniversary of naval aviation fleet. We do once a month collect large evening, preparing the concert and audio-visual programme — we have a very good equipment. Our direction trying to Holy conduct; during this time we had about a hundred of evenings dedicated to some prominent aviation personalities, or some event in the aerospace industry. I really hope that soon we will be doing a teleconference with the same French, the Italians… It is prestigious and interesting.
What about books?
— We have a General Fund, consisting of approximately 40,000 books on all branches of knowledge. There is a trust Fund under 700 books, photo albums, rarities and autographs of many of our famous pilots and astronauts. Now we equip the club for the romantics of the sky “Rise” for children 14-16 years old, is already installed flight simulator, I want the second to put… About 6-8 months of the program’s initial flight training. Children from these simulators for the ears ottyanesh. And make “the Little Prince” for aesthetic and military-Patriotic education of children from 6 to 12 years… to instill in kids knowledge of the history of our aircraft, to instill a love of the sky. Can not live without it!