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Thpippi3e package from our sister library in Gislaved, Sweden arrived on the morning of the Pippi Longstocking 70th Birthday celebration – it was like Christmas all over again! We were delighted to discover Pippi bookmarks and special red, wooden 50th anniversary yo-yos.

When I visited the Gislaved Bibliothek in June of 2015, I heard some of their plans for their Pippi Longstocking celebration. I hoped to replicate some of their activities for the children in Westerville, Ohio. Over the years of our sister library collaboration, one thing we had done is to have similar events – exchanging ideas, patterns for crafts, and display ideas – in both locations.  As Pippi Longstocking is a character known by all Swedish children, an integral part of the cpippi2ulture, I wanted more children in Westerville to also know of Pippi. And what better occasion than a birthday?

Around 50 children and their families attended the birthday celebration, held on a wintry late December afternoon during the schools’ Christmas break.  After showing the first few minutes of the movie, I read a chapter from the book in which Pippi becomes a Thing-finder.

“The whole world is full of things and somebody has to look for them. And that’s just what a Thing-finder does.” – Pippi Longstocking

One of the activities later was for all the children to become Thing-finders too. Other activities included
playing “Don’t Step on the Floor,” making Swedish paper stars, a photo opportunity to “Dress Like Pippi” and pepparkakor cookies for refreshments.pippi1

The librarians and staff of the Westerville Public Library  look forward to more exchanges with the library staff in Gislaved in the years to come!


Robin Gibson, Youth Services Librarian, Westerville Public Library, Westerville Ohio USA


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sistergiftWe are a library organization in Gislaved kommun, a municipality in Sweden. Our organization consists of one main library, 6 smaller ones and one library bus. Some of our smaller libraries are combined public and school libraries.

A few years ago we became a part of the IFLA Sister Libraries. We were paired with Westerville Public Library Ohio, USA. Our hope was to get some international perspective and input in our daily work.

It has been very interesting for us to be a part of this. There is a historical connection between Sweden and the USA because a lot of people migrated to the States during the 19th century and specifically from the region where Gislaved is situated. We live in a rural area and when it comes to library service we think that we share some things but differ in others. To read about Westerville and to hear about what they are doing makes us think about our own work in a different way. Sometimes it’s “Are they doing that…..they are so far ahead” and sometimes it’s more “They are doing it too…we must be on the right track”.

Over the years we have sent postcards, shared exhibitions, tips and more. This year was the 70th birthday of Astrid Lindgren’s children’s books character Pippi Långstrump or Pippi Longstocking as she is known in the English speaking World. We had a big party here at the library and we know that Westerville was quite inspired by this. We hope too se some pictures from that party soon! railwaystation in Hestra

This summer Robin Gibson, youth librarian at the Westerville public library, came and visited us! She made a tour around some of our smaller libraries in Hestra and Anderstorp apart from visiting the main Robin Gibson Westerville Public librarylibrary in Gislaved. It was fun to finally meet and we dream of someday see the public library in Westerville for real and not just by taking the virtual tour!

This Christmas Westerville won’t be getting just a postcard but hopefully a package. Well, if it ever gets through the customs! This blogpost is a sort of public postcard from us to the staff of Westerville Library and a little story of our cooperation as well. Of course we can’t reveal the content of the Christmas gift, but maybe Westerville can do that themselves….: )

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

From the staff at the public library organization of Gislaved

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The Sister Libraries partnership between the public libraries in Brasov (Romania) and Silute (Lithuania) aimed to make a PowerPoint presentation (or Prezzi), entitled Capsule of Culture. The objective was for each partner to present himself, in this way the partners to know each other. Children and young people, coordinated by teachers and librarians were also involved.

The thematic workshops have proposed several challenges to the teams: to discover the meaning of words culture and identity, to collect and share information about their country and think about the differences and similarities between peoples. Using the information and resources of the libraries, children were able to define where they live by what is specific.

See the presentations as they are more suggestive than the words:



Apart from the presentations, the meetings were interactive, the children teaching how to work in a team, how to find information in the library and how to define themselves, developing skills useful throughout their lives. It was a project everyone involved has enjoyed to work in.

[Ruxandra Mozare]

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1115_color_cover_frontCette activité est basée sur l’idée du livre Mon livre préféré de Amy Reggio publié par les Amis des bibliothèques des villages africains (Friends of African Village Libraries). Il est disponible en français, en anglais et en espagnol. Pour de plus amples informations, ou pour en commander des exemplaires, rendez-vous sur les sites http://www.fastpencil.com/publications/3453-My-Favorite-Book  et www.favl.org

Nous disposons d’un nombre limité de Mon livre préféré en français, en anglais et en espagnol destinés aux bibliothèques engagées dans le projet Sister libraries qui souhaiteraient mettre en place cette activité. Pour obtenir un exemplaire gratuit de ce livre, contactez Viviana Quiñones viviana.quinones@bnf.fr 


Objectifs de cette activité

  • Amener les enfants à parler de leurs livres préférés
  • Les amener à créer un livre qui parle de leurs livres favoris
  • Partager leurs livres préférés avec les enfants de leur bibliothèque-sœur


L’activité en pratique

  • Lire le livre aux enfants avec lesquels vous allez travailler constitue une introduction parfaite à cette activité.
  • Amenez les enfants à consulter un large éventail de livres et à parler entre eux des genres de livres qu’ils affectionnent lire.
  • Ensuite, chaque enfant va choisir son livre préféré (fiction ou documentaire), seul ou en petit groupe.
  • Chacun va alors écrire une phrase ou deux sur les raisons du choix de son livre.
  • Prenez les enfants en photo avec leur livre (à la bibliothèque ou dans le quartier, par exemple chez eux, à leur école, au parc, avec leurs amis ou famille).
  • Créez un livre avec les photos et les textes explicatifs des choix des enfants et choisissez une couverture pour le livre (vous pouvez créer un exemplaire papier, un exemplaire numérique à l’aide de l’ordinateur, ou les deux).
  • Gardez un exemplaire pour votre bibliothèque et envoyez-en un à votre bibliothèque-soeur (si vous le pouvez, pourquoi ne pas essayer de traduire le texte dans la langue de votre bibliothèque-soeur et produire un livre bilingue, afin que les enfants rencontrent ces deux langues).
  • Lisez avec les enfants qui ont participé, le livre votre bibliothèque-sœur vous a envoyé.
  • Voyez  si des livres favoris des enfants de votre bibliothèque-soeur sont disponibles dans votre pays et si vous pouvez vous les procurer pour les faire lire aux enfants de votre bibliothèque.
  • Vous pouvez également reprendre cette activité pour faire une version “You Tube” de votre livre.

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Activity My Favourite Book/Mon livre préféré/Mi libro preferidoImage

This activity is based on the idea contained in the book My Favourite Book by Amy Reggio published by Friends of African Village Libraries. It is available in a English, French and Spanish. For more information or to order copies please go to http://www.fastpencil.com/publications/3453-My-Favorite-Book  and  www.favl.org

We have a limited number of copies of My Favourite Book in English, French and Spanish available to support Sister Libraries who are prepared to commit to undertaking this activity. To obtain a free copy of the book please contact Viviana Quiñones  viviana.quinones@bnf.fr .  

 Purpose of the activity

  • To get children talking about their favourite books
  • To create a ‘book’ of them with their favourite books
  • To share their favourite books with the children in their Sister Library

Outline of the activity

  • Read the book to the children that you are working with as it is a perfect introduction to this activity.
  • Get the children looking at a range of books and talking to each other about the kind of books that they like reading
  • Get them to then choose their favourite book (picture book, story book or information books) either alone or in small groups
  • Get them to write a sentence or two about why it is their favourite book
  • Take a photo of them holding their book (either in the library or elsewhere in the community e.g. their home, their school, the park, with their friends or family)
  • Create a book with each child’s photograph and the text of why it’s their favourite book and make a cover for your book (you can make a paper copy or a digital copy using the computer or both)
  • Make a copy of the book for your library and send a copy of your book to your Sister Library (if you can why not try and translate the text into the language of your Sister Library and include both languages in your book, so that your children experience both languages)
  • Enjoy reading the book that you receive from your Sister Library
  • See if any of the books that are the favourites of the children in your Sister Library are available in your country and if so get your children to read them
  • You might also like to follow this up by making a you tube video version of your book

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Nos es grato compartir con Uds. El Proyecto de Bibliotecas Hermanadas,
propuesto por la Uds. El mencionado Proyecto permitió un Encuentro
Intercultural Latinoamericano en nuestras escuelas: Primaria y Secundaria!!!!!!!

Dejo la ruta del enlace.


Saludos Cordiales

Patricia Acosta
ESB N°18



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La Petite Bibliothèque Ronde à Clamart (France) présente dans son site son partenariat avec la Bibliothèque  de Mtein (Liban) : des échanges, et plein de projets en devenir!

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