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"We must be open for changes and try to think in new patterns. -- That is why it is important that the Library Association covers the world around us in a current and straight manner."
Yvonne Gruvberger in
Svensk Biblioteksfrenings verksamhetsberttelse 2005

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This year we have the Nordic library week Kura skymning on 13-19 November. It is the tenth year for
PR-freningen fr nordiska bibliotek and Freningarna Norden to cooperate with this Nordic arrangement.

Kura skymning 2006

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More about books and reading in "Swedish booksellers in partnership with schools and libraires" (no 2) and "Pioneer study by children's librarians from the Nordic countries" (no 9).

 
Hard Rain    No 16    April 10, 2006
Cooperation between Nordic children's libraries - no interest for the Swedish Library Association?

A member's bill to the Library Association raises the question of Swedish representation in the Nordic network for cooperation between children's libraries. Quite a few members now find to their surprise that the board has rejected the bill.
 
Niclas Lindberg, Secretary General of the Swedish Library Association, has understood that "one fifth of compulsory school students do not read books in their leisure time and that college students fall short in reading and writing" (Biblioteksbladet, no. 3/2006). His recipe to set things right is a government commission for "all library policies".

One might think that an organization with 325 million SEK in funds could supply some resolute action and new bright ideas in order to pilot young people over the threshold of reading. To call for the government, parliament and new legislation doesn't feel that modern. Now is the time to unite with "all the good people" who promote reading in the schools.

Why not a firm support for children's librarians and other enthusiasts, who never give up and struggle daily with book talk and reading promotion?

In an informative member's bill to the general assembly of the Library Association in Malm on May 10th, Ann-Christin Magnusson, Laholms public library, raises the question of Swedish representation in the Nordic network for cooperation between children's libraries. This is a well functioning network - a parallel to A Reading North and its activities for children's books from the Nordic countries. Through seminars and conferences the network has inspired children's librarians in Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Finland and Sweden.

  Quite a few members now find to their surprise that the board has rejected the bill and decided not to support the work of the network. One might think that a travel grant could be found in a budget of 18 million SEK, even if half of this sum is set aside for the Library Association's own administration and monthly magazine.

There are many examples of successful reading promotion. In school we have the opportunity to give every child a lasting understanding of the joy of reading. A good contact between the school and its surroundings is essential. Many years of experiences in the Nordic countries show that close cooperation between librarian, teacher and students give very good results.

No, it is hardly a new commission on libraries that is needed. But the Swedish Library Association could make a contribution supporting librarians who share their knowledge with and get inspiration from colleagues in the Nordic countries.