Tag Archives: Children and Youth Service

Summary of news on the Sister Libraries Programme

Last week on Sister Libraries Blog, Danijela and Kristian from Public Library Fran Galovic in Koprivnica from Croatia sent a post telling us the last activities and projects they are developing with their sister library Sastamala Public Library from Finland.

They are swaping ideas about different projects as the new building for Fran Galovic library and the programme of Sastamala of cooperation with local high school students. Furthermore, they are preparing an on-line quiz for upper grade primary scool students in Koprivnica called “Learn more about Finland…” and, finally, they told us the prospect that their directors meet in the IFLA Annual Conference in Helsinki.

If you want to know more details about these entire interesting projects read the full post in Sister Libraries Blog.

Summary of news on the Sister Libraries Programme

Last week in Sister Libraries Blog, Aleksandra, Director of Library in Piekary Śląskie from Poland told us that children from Arucas Library, its Spanish sister library, and Piekary Slaskie made bookmarks at the International Day of Books. Then they swapped them and also wished each other on occasion this Day.

Then the bookmarks were the prizes for finalists readership contest of the book “Anne of Green Gables”. If you want to know more details, click here.

Summary of news on the Sister Libraries Programme

Last week on Sister Libraries Blog, Romana Horvat, Director of Public Library in Daruvar, Croatia, published a post explaining the first joint project developed with Municipal Library Český Těšín, its Sister Library from Czech Republic.

The project title was ‘Night with Andersen“, if you want to know more about it click here.

“Sweet reading”

This news comes from a little village of Klučov (Central Bohemia, district Kolín). The library was founded in the year 1920 and the writer Alois Jirásek (historical novels and plays, a classic) permitted to give the library his name. Jirásek Library in Klučov announced an interesting programme for children. The library in cooperation with a kindergarten and with a support of the local council prepared “Sweet Reading”, an afternoon with reading activities. Children listened fairy tales, narrated tales according to pictures and contested. The home-made cheesecake was a sweet bonus. The recipe was also made public.


Eva Bartunkova
Department Head of Information Centre for Librarianship
Czech Republic


Digifolio is a project created by the Brasov County Library in Romania to pilot a “public library – school” partnership model that will develop students’ digital skills. The idea of the project is to improve involvement of children in the educational process and get productive usage of NTIC.

The project is developed for three months with a group of 62 pupils, 32 of second grade and 30 of sixth grade, from School n°. 6 “Iacob Muresianu” Brasov, Romania.

Other main objectives of this project are to develop their knowledge on how to create e-portfolio and to present that created e-portfolio, of this way they improve their multimedia communication skills.

Furthermore, they are thought to use web 2.0 instruments like Weebly, Voki, Prezi, Wikispaces, and YouTube, and various equipment, including cameras, digital recorders, and scanners.

For more information click on: http://digifolioen.weebly.com/index.html

Romanian Toy Library Catalog

We reproduce this message sent to IFLA-L list:

The Toy Library of George Baritiu Public Library is a safe, fun, friendly play space and gathering place for children and families from Brasov County. We offer: Indoor playspace, Weekly activities in arts, crafts, music, films, origami, Internet Club, Holiday Club, Afterschool Program, Educational programs like Digifolio, Discovery School, Private birthday parties, etc.

Opening Hours:  Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

These days, we finished the structure of the first Romanian Toy Library Catalog and the first records are available at:

To access the catalog click on the red button called “UTILIZATOR”, fill up:

Username: “Bibliotecar
Password: “Utilizator“.

The classification and analysis of our collections of playing materials was made through the ESAR System.

Claudia Popescu
Head of LLL Department
Public Library “George Baritiu” Brasov – Romania

Education Workshops on Using New Library resources for Classrooms

For this post we are collecting the information from the Irish web page: Library Services for Young People.

A series of workshops on using online library resources has been developed for teachers of both primary and post primary pupils and is being delivered in the regional education centres throughout the spring of 2012. The workshop covers:

  •     Using www.askaboutireland.ie resources in your classroom
  •     Services and support from your local library
  •     Useful reference resources for free online access

Librarians from each local library service where a workshop is running are invited to participate in order to provide an additional opportunity for teachers to connect with their local service, learn about the services provided to schools and to develop links and further contacts to provide additional services for schools.

Source of this information: http://www.library.ie/youngpeople/.

Lithuanian public libraries‘ campaign “Safe and friendly Internet”

Lithuanian public libraries aiming to promote safe Internet use among library visitors and wider society in 2001 started a campaign “Safe and friendly Internet in libraries”. The campaigns program consisted of diverse actions that took place during the whole year.

Almost 1000 public libraries joined podcast seminars during the action “Safety month in libraries”. On Saturdays families were attracted to public libraries to take part into “Brain competitions on safe internet”.  During summer interactive library tent visited 16 small and medium size towns festivals, where in cooperation with local libraries staff and pulled forces of local volunteers organized various games, crosswords, competitions to demonstrate public library services and to promote safe use of Internet (photos). Live theatre performance on @tale “A cat and chanticleer” for the smallest and an augmented reality educational game, for any age were the highlights of library presence in the town festivals. The game was introduced in February last year at International Vilnius book fair, please look video.

Materials created during the campaign and experience gathered allowed to create two new educational instruments online – Safe internet test, suitable for under 18 and older – http://testas.bibliotekospazangai.lt/, to measure ones knowledge on safe and proper behavior online, as well as an online Safe internet encyclopedia to fill knowledge gaps – http://enciklopedija.bibliotekospazangai.lt/ .  Though both are in Lithuanian, but an international public can have a glimpse on illustrations of encyclopedia – those are pictures were done by children during the various activities of the campaign.

The campaign was coordinated by “Libraries for Innovation” team, based at Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania.

Ramunė Petuchovaitė
Lietuvos Respublikos Kultūros Ministerija

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 finnpe@kff.kk.dk before end of February. The final invitation and programme will be ready mid-March.

For further information and updates visit our facebooksite http://www.facebook.com/pages/Children-in-Performative-Spaces/377131732303388 /or contact us via email to finnpe@kff.kk.dk or henhye@kff.kk.dk

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

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: http://www.eifl.net/utena-and-m-miskiniai-public-library-lithuania

Ramunė Petuchovaitė
Lietuvos Respublikos Kultūros Ministerija