Where do good ideas come from?
Outcomes of the session will be:
1) To share with conference participants different attractive learning methods (energizers, ice-breakers, team building etc.);
2) To provide a complete, exciting, and encouraging story of how we generate the ideas that push our community forward;
3) To inspire participants to organize innovative and community-based projects for youth and children in their libraries.
The following topics will be shared by facilitators:
- The “Little school of local history” project implemented by Pelči Library, where teenagers research the library’s digital history collection and make animated films about the past. The library's popular local history classes are stimulating children’s curiosity about the past. They write stories based on their research, draw and paint scenes from the stories and with the use of a scanner, digitize the drawings. Teenagers use the library's computers and free software to create animated films by adding text, sound effects and titles. Once a film is discussed and edited, it is screened at community events.
- “B.P. Hasdeu” Municipal Library’s ‘Trolleybook’ provides a dynamic learning space where children are stimulated to read, to take part in educational activities and to practice new skills during the summer holidays. The library created a new branch library in a decommissioned trolleybus in an amusement park, where children come to use swings, roundabouts and other rides in summer. A media marketing campaign ensured that news about the Trolleybook reached all parts of the city, and throughout the summer, librarians reached out to young people by posting information about Trolleybook activities on social media. Everyone was welcome - all young people, whether or not they held a library card. Two librarians were always present to guide and support the children, and to organize workshops, competitions and games.
Daina Girvaite, director, Pelci Library (Pelci, Latvia). In 2014 Daina Girvaite implemented “The little school of local history” project focused on stimulating children’s curiosity about the past, by developing a library digital history collection, and made animated films about the community.
Mariana Harjevschi, director general, “B.P.Hasdeu” Municipal Library (Chisinau, Moldova). In 2014 Mariana Harjevschi implemented the Trolleybook project, which provides a dynamic learning outdoor space where children are stimulated to read, to take part in educational activities and to practice new skills during the summer holidays. Both projects won EIFL Public Library Innovation Awards, in Category 7: Innovative Public Libraries Contributing to Education of Children and Adults (2014).
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