2nd International Congress “Young People of Today in the Modern Library”

The 2nd International Congress took place at the Russian State Library for Young Adults in October 2011. It has gathered more than 200 participants from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Lithuania, Finland and Sweden. The participants have discussed actual problems of library service and effective ways to improve young people’s attention to library as a centre of intellectual and personal development. Besides traditional report sessions, polemic and thematic meetings, there were less formal, memorable events at the Congress.

One of them was the presentation of the international relay project “Book Dragon”. This idea was provided last year when employees of the Russian State Library for Young Adults visited Stockholm public library PUNKTMedis. There they saw a funny “Book Worm” which was 14 meters long and was knitted by the library visitors.

Here he is himself, 20 meters long and amorously created by the library staff and the members of the Needlework Club “Palette”.

Another informal event of the Congress was the on-line meeting with our colleagues from the Sello Library, which is situated in a huge shopping centre in Espoo, Finland.

The topic for the meeting was: young adults as an object of special attention. The participants of the Congress and their Finnish colleagues were trying to create an “ideal model” of the library for young adults. Both of them were presenting their libraries and sharing the experience of working with young adults.

All the participants admitted that this on-line meeting was successful and very useful for everyone and it would be excellent to organize these less formal events in future for learning more about each other and exchanging working experience.

Maria Evseeva
International Relations Department
Russian State Library for Young Adults 

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