In 1996, the United Nations (UN) designated April 23 as World Book and Copyright Day. For World Book Day in 2008, the Ministry of Education (MOE), National Central Library (NCL), Library Association of the Republic of China (Taiwan), various county magistrates and mayors, and library representatives signed a "Reading Declaration" at the MOE. The representatives also presented to the MOE a "Reading Wish" of people across Taiwan, calling on the government and public to place more attention on reading. The "Reading Declaration" reads: "Reading is the foundation of a culture, society, and economy. Reading enables us to stand on the shoulders of those who came before us and to see even higher and further. Reading allows us to feel the joy and happiness of life, to discover the world and to share love. Reading is the key to opening the temple of knowledge. Through reading, all students can learn and not be left behind." In order to understand the public's "Reading Wish," 319 townships library throughout Taiwan met with the people and jointly signed reading declarations, including statements of "My Reading Wishes." About 10,000 statements were received in just 10 days. Most expressed hope that libraries could acquire more new books for the public to enjoy.