Borgarbokasafn Reykjavikur

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  • Borgarbokasafn Reykjavikur

    1. 1. Reykjavik City Library
    2. 2. A brief tour …1. Iceland2. Reyjkavik City Library3. Programming
    3. 3. 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
    4. 4. Iceland facts• 6% of population is of foreign origin
    5. 5. Geography
    6. 6. ResourcesGeothermal Power
    7. 7. Resources Fishing
    8. 8. ResourcesFarming
    9. 9. Government•In 930 established republican government; 1262 -1944ruled at various times by Norway and Denmark.•In 1944 became a Republic. Þingvellir – Where Icelandic government began
    10. 10. PoliticsNational Day – June 17
    11. 11. PoliticsÓlafur Ragnar Grímsson = PresidentJóhanna Sigurðardóttir= Prime Minister
    12. 12. President’s Residence
    13. 13. Citizens
    14. 14. Peace House
    15. 15. Citizens
    16. 16. • Lutheran = State Church• All recorded• 90% baptized first year• 90% Confirmed• 85% Married• 99% Funerals• 10% Weekly Services• Bible stories taught in school
    17. 17. Leif Ericsson
    18. 18. Hidden People & Trolls
    19. 19. Icelandic SagasRequired reading for all Icelandic school children
    20. 20. Bookstores typically open 8am – 11pm Literacy rate = 99%• 2011 = 757 books published• Publishers support school libraries “recipe for reading”
    21. 21. Education @ 16 yrs of age – choose to continue to UpperParents pay 30% of the Secondary, 97% do, pay forcost of Playschool textbooks Tuition for Higher Education: $400 a year
    22. 22. Between 6 – 16 years of age“We are fluent in English by 9 years of age.”
    23. 23. Playschool
    24. 24. 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.”
    25. 25. 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.”
    26. 26. 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.
    27. 27. 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.
    28. 28. Points of ContactThorbjorg Karlsdottir, Children’s Librarian Kristin Vilhjalmsdottir, Manager of Multicultural Projects “A public library is in fact a gateway into society.”
    29. 29. 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.
    30. 30. 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
    31. 31. 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
    32. 32. Children’s Outreach Programs Bookmobile Story Van – takes storytimes to Playschools
    33. 33. Family MorningsInformal playtime for children, coffee and conversation for adults.
    34. 34. Family Mornings Librarian joins them for 10-15 minutes of songs and rhymes (Icelandic) and announces any upcoming programs.
    35. 35. Family MorningsFormal topics arepresented 3 times a year-Fall, Winter, Spring.Topics presented byoutside presentersincluded:Sleep & Sleeping HabitsHeuristic play withobjectsMother Language(Icelandic language“games” )
    36. 36. Summer Reading ProgramLocated in entry lobby, under main stairway.
    37. 37. Summer Reading Program
    38. 38. Literacy Trunks
    39. 39. Children’s Program Space
    40. 40. Children’s Area
    41. 41. Children’s Area
    42. 42. Children’s Area
    43. 43. Children’s Area
    44. 44. Children’s Area
    45. 45. 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.
    46. 46. Adult Area
    47. 47. Program Space
    48. 48. Adult ProgramsAuthor VisitsFilm DiscussionsArt ExhibitsLiterary ToursKnitting GroupTelevised sportsNew books
    49. 49. Multicultural ProgramsIFLA Multicultural Library Manifesto – a gateway to aculturally diverse society in dialogue.
    50. 50. 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.
    51. 51. Women’s Story CircleTheir art is on display at Reykjavik City Hall
    52. 52. A cooperative project between the CityArtoTek Library and The Association of Visual Artists,
    53. 53. Public Art
    54. 54. Public Space
    55. 55. Public Space
    56. 56. Public Space
    57. 57. Reyjkavik Photography Museum Located on the 6th Floor of the Library
    58. 58. Reyjkavik Photography Museum Family Area
    59. 59. 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.
    60. 60. Reykjavik City Library “A public library is in fact a gateway into society.”

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