Monthly Archives: February 2012

Children in Performative Spaces

Copenhagen is the centre of a conference focusing on interactive and creative activities in children’s libraries. The conference is for childrens librarians, library directors and people with an interest in working interactively with children and their families. The conference is focusing on four main topics: Literature, architecture & design, the urban space and the digital space.

The programme will be a mixture of presentations in plenum and interactive workshops and during the two day conference, the scene of the conference will be transformed into a lively learning- and inspirational laboratory where conference participants can experience ideas first-hand.

The conference takes place June 11th-12th 2012 with an optional excursion Sunday the 10th of June 2012 and is set in Copenhagen at the new library and cultural house BIBLIOTEKET in Copenhagens northwest district.

On Monday morning the 11th there will be time to visit innovative cultural houses, urban spaces and playgrounds for children in Copenhagen. There will be staff present to give a tour and a presentation. The conference is in English.

On Monday evening the 11th a networking dinner is arranged at Kulturhuset Islands Brygge in central Copenhagen. Transportation from the conference will be arranged for those participating in the dinner.

If you have any input to topics and presenters you have the possibility of seeing them in the final program by sending your input in an email to before end of February. The final invitation and programme will be ready mid-March.

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The conference is supported by Kulturstyrelsen/Center for Bibliotek og Medier through the fund for international library conferences.

Children in Performative Spaces is organized by Copenhagen Libraries in co-operation with Aarhus Public Libraries.

Susy Tastesen
Driftsleder, bibliotekar/Librarian, Head of Department
Københavns Biblioteker/Copenhagen Public Libraries

Summary of news in the Sister Libraries Programme

Last week we had a new sistership in the Programme, the sister libraries are Piran Civic Library from Slovenia and Torres Novas Municipal Library “Gustavo Pinto Lopes” from Portugal.

On the other hand, two new libraries have joined the Programme: Bucarest Metropolitan Library from Romania and Kaunas County Public Library from Lithuania, both of them are the second libraries from their countries looking for a sister library.

You can check all this information at Sister Libraries Blog.

Lithuanian Public Library Created a Challenger to Prevent School Dropouts

With a support of eIFL Public Libraries Innovations Program (PLIP) librarians at the Utena A. and M. Miskiniai Public Library in Lithuania have launched a pioneering new learning game, called Iššūkis (the Challenger), that aims to encourage children to go back to school.

Through the game, the library aimed to solve a problem they have been struggling with for some time. Every morning, children come to the library, that has an attractive new building rather than go to school. Various methods have been tried to encourage the children to go back to school, including compulsion and punishment. But these have failed, and so the library came up with a novel idea – a computer game that is linked to the school curriculum.

Game was created in 2010, piloted during 2011. At the moment Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science is adapting the game and experience for the wider initiative that include school librarians.

If you want to know more about the project “Play to study”, please read an impact assessment results here:

Ramunė Petuchovaitė
Lietuvos Respublikos Kultūros Ministerija

City Library in Louny

City Library in Louny (North-West Bohemia), the winner of the price Library of the Year 2011, introduced a new series of meetings. The series is named “The Successful” and meetings will proceed monthly. People or groups awarded in the year 2011 for their activities on any field of the society are invited as guests.


Eva Bartunkova
Department Head of Information Centre for Librarianship
Czech Republic

Summary of news in Sister Libraries Programme!!

During last week a lot of things happened in Sister Libraries Blog! On the one hand, three new sisterships have been made. The first between Valença Public Library from Portugal and Sant Joan de Vilatorrada Library “Cal Gallifa” from Spain; the second one between Public Library in Piekary Slaskie from Poland and Kiri-kirjastot from Finland, and the last one between State Public Library of Ciudad Real from Spain and Dâmboviţa County Library “Ion Heliade Rădulescu” from Romania.

From now on, you can see all the sisterships made so far in the new tag called “Sisteships”. The list of participating libraries remains in the tag “Libraries”.

On the other hand, two new libraries have submitted their forms to the blog. They are the Public Library of Panevezys from Lithuania and Dâmboviţa County Library “Ion Heliade Rădulescu” from Romania. Both of them are the first participating libraries of their countries. At the same time, Chrzanów Public Library has sent news photos of its building.

If you want to know more about these libraries click here, if you want to know more about the sisterships made so far click on “Sisterships” tag.

Next EBLIDA-NAPLE Conference

The next EBLIDA-NAPLE Conference takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark on May 11th, 2012. The program is now available and registration is open.

Conference site.

Michael Hartz Larsen
The Danish Library Association

News in Sister Libraries Blog

Two new libraries have submitted their forms to the Naple Sister Libraries Programme. They are the Sastamala Public Library from Finland and the City Library Mladen Kerstner Ludbreg from Croatia.

At the same time, we announce the ninth sister libraries in the Programme. The Municipal Public Library in Piekary Slaskie from Poland has its fourth sister library in the Marco Marulic Split City Library from Croatia.

If you want to know more about the new libraries o about the sisterships made so far, click here.

The first Human Library in Moscow

The Human Library took place at the Russian State Library for Young Adults on 5th and 6th November 2011. The group of volunteers has taken the lead in this project in Moscow with the assistance of our library.

A Living Book is a person who is ready to share his life experience and to answer any question. This person has chosen to be a public representative of a certain group. In the “catalogue” one could find a feminist, a homeless, a Buddhist monk, a HIV positive, a chemist, etc. There were 35 Living Books in all. Everyone could become a “reader” of this unusual library. After getting to know with the rules, everyone could choose an interesting Living Book or a few from the “catalogue”. It was available to “read” it not more than 30 minutes and then you had to “return” the book to the “library”. If the book was not ordered by someone else, you were able to get a 30 minute extension. The “book” was allowed not to answer awkward questions or to close the conversation ahead of the time in case of insult.

More than 350 people have visited the Human Library during these two days. The most popular “books” were: “Homeless”, “Girl, who has adopted Islam”, “Transsexual”, “Traveller-loner” and “Mother from the same-sex family”. The least needed “book” was “Mother of many children”.

The youngest “reader” was 10, and the oldest – 80. But the majority of “readers” were students and young adults up to 30. There were more female than male among visitors (as it was expected according to the preliminary survey).

The organizers hope that the Human Library project has helped people to get rid of their wrong stereotypes and prejudices.

The first Human Library project was organized in Denmark in 2000. And than such events took place all over the world. Today more than 50 countries take part in this project.

Maria Evseeva
International Relations Department
Russian State Library for Young Adults

Seventh and Eighth Sister Libraries!

We begin this week with more twinnings in NAPLE Sister Libraries Programme: the Municipal Public Library in Piekary Slaskie from Poland has its second sister library in Vilanowa i la Geltru Library “Armand Cardona i Torrandell” from Spain and its third sister library in Iisalmi City Library from Finland!

You can check all the sisterships made so far here.

Sixth Sister Libraries!

New good news another time! There is a new pair of sister libraries on the NAPLE Program: Salamanca Public Library “Torrente Ballester” from Spain and Lousada Municipal Library from Portugal. They are the sixth ones!