Local Authorities: a Library Sector Partner in Pazardzhik Municipality
LOCAL AUTHORITIES:A LIBRARY SECTOR PARTNER IN PAZARDZHIK MUNICIPALITY
Key Partnerships:Glob@l Libraries – Bulgaria ProgramNikola Furnadzhiev District LibraryChitalishte libraries from Pazardzhik district 1. Through the Glob@l Libraries – Bulgaria Program, chitalishte libraries transform into modern centers of communication and information quality improvement in small settlements of the municipality.
2. Nikola Furnadzhiev District Library and Pazardzhik Municipality Pazardzhik Municipality and Nikola Furnadzhiev DL are successful partners in the implementation of various initiatives and projects. The municipality and the library are also partners in the first of its kind Festival of Innovative Culture Events funded by the Regional Development Operational Program. Project partners of the municipality include the Regional Museum of History, the Youth House, the Gallery of Arts, NGOs, private galleries and associations active in the area of arts.Joint projects: Summer reading room Presentation of books Participation in the Book Days Concerts Theatre performances
3. Partnerships with Chitalishte Libraries from Pazardzhik Municipality There are 35 chitalishte in Pazardzhik municipality, 34 of which have their libraries. Library activities are key activities for most of the chitalishte in the municipality. With the support of Pazardzhik Municipality under Stage 2011 of the Glob@l Libraries – Bulgaria Program, memoranda of understanding were signed between Pazardzhik Municipality, the Ministry of Culture, the United Nations Development Program and the following chitalishte/libraries located in villages within the municipality: Probuda 1926 Public Chitalishte, Saraya; Otets Paisii 1933 Public Chitalishte, Hadzhievo; and Nova Mladezh 1927 Public Chitalishte, Gelemenovo. Full computer and software equipment was provided at the first stage of the program funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to eight libraries located in the villages of Bratanitsa, Velichkovo, Malo Konare, Patalenitsa, Chernogorovo, Mokrishte, Ognyanovo; and to Nikola Furnadzhiev District Library in Pazardzhik.
The partnership between the libraries and the local authorities in Pazardzhik municipality is based on the following principles: 1. Preservation of cultural and historical heritage and national traditions Chitalishte libraries preserve rich literary sources of information about our cultural and historical heritage and national traditions. They organize initiatives for preservation, development and promotion of local traditions and customs. 2. Development and implementation of local development initiatives (projects) and funding project activities Many chitalishte libraries (Nikola Furnadzhiev DL, Nikola Vaptsarov Public Chitalishte, etc.) have literature clubs working with various age groups. 3. Expansion of the content and social scope of chitalishte activities to attract a wider range of population Chitalishte libraries are communication centers in the respective settlements. In 2011, Pazardzhik Municipality, in partnership with Nikola Furnadzhiev DL, implemented the Movies in the Library program. Bulgarian and world classic movies from the film store of the District Library were shown in chitalishte libraries in 29 villages in the municipality.
4. Beneficial cooperation between chitalishte on the territory of Pazardzhikmunicipality, the region and across the country facilitated by library initiatives.Pazardzhik Municipality organizes a monthly work meeting of librarians fromchitalishte libraries to discuss and solve current issues, provide methodologicalassistance, exchange ideas. These meetings present information about regional, nationaland international initiatives in which chitalishte libraries and their users can participate.5. Active mutual benefit partnership with municipal administration, NGOs and otherculture and business institutionsMutual exchange of opportunities for resolution of various cases related to theorganization of events, renovation activities, provision of equipment, etc.6. Renovation of the library stock under the program of Pazardzhik Municipality forpublishing books by local authorsSince 2009, Pazardzhik Municipality has been implementing the program for publishingbooks by local authors. Libraries across the municipality receive one copy of thepublished literary production. One of the most valuable publications provided to thelibrary stocks is “Encyclopedia Pazardzhik”.
7. Extension of the culture calendar of chitalishte events8. Participation in events from the culture calendar of Pazardzhik MunicipalityChitalishte libraries frequently host presentations of book by local andnational authors. 9. In 2011, chitalishte activities were co-financed (including activities directlytargeted at libraries) totaling BGN 22,72910. Ongoing chitalishte building renovations took place in the villages ofGelemenovo (totaling BGN 30,843) and Rosen (BGN 14,122)11. In 2011, target funds for capital expenditure totaling BGN 140,854 weredisbursed for the construction of a chitalishte building in the village ofYunatsite envisaging a modern equipped libraryPazardzhik Municipality is a popular partner and always supports goodinitiatives and practices implemented by chitalishte and their libraries.