GLENDALE – The Armenian alphabet was created 1,600 years ago by Mesrop Mashtots, a monk, theologian and linguist who was interested in translating the Bible into his native tongue. The alphabet strengthened Armenia’s church and its kingdom and started a national literature that continues today. The Glendale Central Library opened Saturday a month-long display on the development of the Armenian alphabet, one of several planned for this month in the Glendale area. “What it’s made me realize is the significance of the book and the significance of writing to the Armenian culture,” said Nancy Hunt-Coffey, Glendale’s director of libraries. “It’s a tremendous infusion of resources that are in high demand,” Hunt-Coffey said. Today, the Alex Theatre will host a celebration of the 1,600th anniversary of the creation of the Armenian alphabet. The free program is presented by the Hamazkayin Educational & Cultural Society, and it will feature keynote speakers from UCLA and UC Berkeley and performances by dancers and musicians. On Oct. 6, His Holiness Aram I, the Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia of the Armenian Apostolic Church, will visit the Homenetmen Glendale Ararat Chapter for the opening of its exhibition on the Armenian alphabet. The exhibition will be open to the public Oct. 7-9. “Since its creation, the letters were never changed or reformed, making the Armenian language one of the most extremely precise languages,” said Armond Gorgorian, executive director of the Homenetmen chapter. Homenetmen is an an international Armenian youth organization. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 email@example.com IF YOU GO: A display of Armentian arts and culture runs through Oct. 31 at the Glendale Central Library, 222 E. Harvard St. The Hamazkayin Educational & Cultural Society will present a Celebration of the 1,600th Anniversary of the Armenian Alphabet, 6 p.m. today at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Free. The Homenetmen art exhibition on the Armenian alphabet will open to the public Oct. 7-9 at Homenetmen’s Ararat Chapter, 3347 N. San Fernando Road, Los Angeles. His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, will mark the opening of the exhibit at an invitation-only ceremony at 7 p.m. Oct. 6. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Writing and the manuscripts are valued in the same way that we value priceless works of art. The writing is sort of inextricably tied to (Armenian) cultural development in the same way that the great artists are tied to western development.” The display features dozens of books and more than 50 pieces of art, including prints, sculptures and pottery. Material for the display comes from the Matenadaran book depository in Armenia. Armenian alphabet expert Nona Manoukian from the Glendale Public Library visited Matenadaran recently and brought back the material. The display, which runs through Oct. 31, also highlights the Glendale Public Library’s acquisition nearly a year ago of 12,500 Armenian books donated by the now-defunct American Armenian International College in La Verne. Librarians are still going through the collection and have begun putting some of the books on shelves. Some of the more academic books will go to local universities. The library had 4,000 Armenian books before the donation.