A brief tour …1. Iceland2. Reyjkavik City Library3. Programming
Iceland facts• National Population = approximately 320,000 – Loudoun County 325,000• 80% live in the Reykjavik area• Settled in 874• 80% of Icelandic males are of Nordic origin• 63% of Icelandic females are of Celtic origin•Live expectancy• Male = 74 years• Female = 81 years• Comprehensive state health care
Iceland facts• 6% of population is of foreign origin
Children • 80% of their average salaries during the leave • 9 months • fathers were given three months’ leave, mothers three months and the parents were given three months to share as they wished. • Fertility increasing to 2.1 children per woman“My parents andgrandparents taught meto read.”
Reykjavik City Library•6 Branches•Circulation = 1,034,000 annually•Bookmobile & Storymobile•Mission: “The Reykjavik City Library is a public library and open to all. It operates in accordance with local public library regulations with the goal of providing equal access to information, knowledge, and entertainment.”Free Wi-Fi. Had just removed Internet stations – “Everyone has computers at home. They weren’t being used.”
History• The establishment of the library is partly due to the sale of fishing vessels owned by the City of Reykjavik to France in 1917.• The Government of Iceland made it a condition for the sale that a part of the profit would be used to set up a library for the public in Reykjavík.• It is one of the city’s oldest cultural institutions.
Operations• From its beginning the library lent cases of books to fishing vessels.• Reykjavík City Library operates within the tradition of library services in the other Nordic countries, Western Europe and North America. The Library also operates in accordance with the Icelandic Public Libraries Act from1997• The UNESCO Public Library Manifesto from 1994.• The library also looks toward to the IFLA Multicultural Manifesto from 2008.
Points of ContactThorbjorg Karlsdottir, Children’s Librarian Kristin Vilhjalmsdottir, Manager of Multicultural Projects “A public library is in fact a gateway into society.”
Youth Services Objective Visits to Reykjavik City Library should be a part of thecultural upbringing of children and teenagersWays to achieve objective:-Library visits for school children and a good connection withthe schools in Reykjavik.-Story hours for young children as a weekly event and otherprograms offered, such as puppet theatre and musicprograms.-Special projects for children and teenagers, such as writingworkshops.-A collection that appeals to children and teenagers.-An emphasis on reading promotion for children andteenagers as well as information literacy.
Children’s Onsite Programs• Storytimes (Winter weekends) – Mother Tongue – language games, stories, dance, singing, and other activities to stimulate Icelandic language – volunteers present in languages other than Icelandic upon request• Introduction to the Library – 4th Grade classes, part of their Icelandic studies, they come to library
Children’s Onsite Programs• Writing Workshops- ages 8-12• Heilahristingur (Shake Your Brain) Homework Help provided by Red Cross volunteers for immigrant 5th – 10th Graders• Cultural and educational programs –storytellers, drama, music, etc.• El Dia – International Day of the Child/Day of the Book
Children’s Outreach Programs Bookmobile Story Van – takes storytimes to Playschools
Family MorningsInformal playtime for children, coffee and conversation for adults.
Family Mornings Librarian joins them for 10-15 minutes of songs and rhymes (Icelandic) and announces any upcoming programs.
Family MorningsFormal topics arepresented 3 times a year-Fall, Winter, Spring.Topics presented byoutside presentersincluded:Sleep & Sleeping HabitsHeuristic play withobjectsMother Language(Icelandic language“games” )
Summer Reading ProgramLocated in entry lobby, under main stairway.
Teen Area Poetry Slam & other literary/cultural events No teen volunteer programs “The overall number of library visits is decreasing, especially teens.” Starting a Teen Book Club. Investigating online Homework Help.
Multicultural ProgramsIFLA Multicultural Library Manifesto – a gateway to aculturally diverse society in dialogue.
Multicultural ProgramsIntroduction to the Library for adultIcelandic language learners.Let’s Read the Newspapers – PracticeIcelandic and discuss current issuesWomen’s Story Circle – practice Icelandic,share stories and ideas; complete publicart projects.Flying Carpet – outreach to schools,coordinate cultural exchange activities orprojects.
Women’s Story CircleTheir art is on display at Reykjavik City Hall
A cooperative project between the CityArtoTek Library and The Association of Visual Artists,
Library ShopYou can buy puzzles, dolls,calendars, playing cards,games and other literaturerelated items. The toys areconnected to popularNordic fiction characters,such as Pippi Longstocking,and Helgi.
Reykjavik City Library “A public library is in fact a gateway into society.”
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