Archive for the ‘Sister Libraries’ Category

Browse your map to find the location of latest participants to Sister Libraries program and see why they want to be part of the program.

Kopavagur, Iceland:

We are always looking to broaden our horizons and wish to learn new things and new approaches to working with children in the modern library.

Shaler North Hills, Pennsylvania US:

Some of our students have not had the opportunity to leave our county. We would love to provide an opportunity that will allow technology to bring students together. Due to the nature of adolescence, teens tend to find interest in subjects that have a personal relevance to them. Getting to know others in a distant nation would afford them a connection, making the study of current world events more meaningful and more worthy of attention. We would like to implement this program with rising and current seventh and eighth graders, ages 12-14.



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Fresh pairing in Sister Libraries program: Le CLAC – Centre de lecture et d’animation culturelle de Yaoundé in Cameroon and Le Petit Bibliotheque Ronde from France. Congratulations!  We are eager to hear later about the results Francophone co-operation.

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Are you registered on Sister Libraries program and still “single”? Check again the list of participants. There are many new public and school libraries as well as other organizations ready to establish a partnership!

We will start presenting the new participants here to help them (and all of you) find a suitable library partner. Freshest member is Lutino Adunu from Uganda:

Lutino Adunu is a Community Based Organization registered with Nwoya District Local Government in Uganda. The organization was established to promote education for children in post-conflict northern Uganda. Lutino Adunu envision a transformed society where children’s educational rights is held in high esteem. The mission of the organization is to promote educational learning and support through community library, sponsorship and establishment of a school for re-building the lives of children in the post-war northern Uganda.
For more information, please visit www.lutino.org

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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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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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We organized a session at IFLA conference in San Juan, where we shared news on Sister Libraries :

114 libraries have registered (86 had registered a year ago)

11 partnerships have been made.

The first paired libraries received the set Little Books for Little Hands (see the post).

All paired libraries received the Sister Libraries poster, especially designed by the Spanish illustrator David Pintor :

Sister Libraries poster, by David Pintor


Some Sister Libraries prepared short videos for the conference. Here are the links, they are really worth watching ! :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuJUSaJuRCg. (Haïti-US)

http://youtu.be/w5ZepTxDjyU (Serbia-Germany)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AJKNt52Cus (Lebanon-France)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsV7Im5ZY4E (Burkina Faso)

Ruxandra Nazare, from Romania, showed a great PowerPoint presentation : Romania-Serbia

We are sure these videos and PowerPoint will inspire other libraries!

A system of “Godmothers” has been installed, where registered libraries can write to, or be contacted by, members of the Standing Committee of IFLA section Libraries for Children and Young Adults.

Don’t hesitate to write to them :

English-speaking libraries  : Annie Everall (annie@alannie.demon.co.uk) , Kirsten Boelt (kbt-kultur@aalborg.dk), Ingrid Källström (ingrid.kallstrom@kulturhuset.stockholm.se)

Spanish-speaking libraries : Ingrid Bon (ingrid.bon@biblioservice.nl) or Viviana Quiñones (viviana.quinones@bnf.fr)

French-speaking libraries : Viviana Quiñones (viviana.quinones@bnf.fr) or Cécile Trévian (cecile.trevian@agglo-sqy.fr)

German-speaking libraries : Kerstin Keller-Loibl (loibl@fbm.htwk-leipzig.de)

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