A library for everyone. Łódź, Gdynia, Kraków, Bergen – different cities, a common idea. Increasing access to culture – model Polish and Norwegian solution.

Family picnic with high attendance

The first Łódź event as part of the “Library for Everyone” project already took place! Over 300 people attended the family picnic!

It was the last weekend in June when we met with Łódź residents at the Kostka Library to have a family picnic. The attendees included the library’s readers and people who got to visit our library for the very first time. – I had not used the library so far, but I found out about the picnic and fun activities for children, so I have come with my grandson – said Mr Jan. – I would love to set up a library card so that I can loan something today.

The attendees were given the option of playing outdoor games such as mega checkers or a huge jenga and jumping on a trampoline.  For those hungry for knowledge, organisers prepared quizzes, whereas for those active ones – various motion animations. The event also included ecological workshops – the participants used old jars and bottles to turn them into beautiful pots using the decoupage method, and then planted seedlings in them. Treats and drinks awaited those thirsty ones. In the evening time, readers took part in a Q&A session with Adrian Bednarek, namely the author of a series of well-appreciated thrillers about Kuba Sobański – a lawyer and serial killer from Krakow, of a trilogy about Oskar Blajer, as well as of several one-volume novels.

Yet another big event, organised as part of the project “A library for everyone. Lodz, Gdynia, Cracow, Bergen – different cities, a common idea. Increasing access to culture – model Polish and Norwegian solution.”, will be held in September.

As part of the project and boosting the integration of migrants with Łódź residents, we are starting a cycle of Polish language classes for foreigners. Groups will be small – up to 12 people, and the classes will be completely free of charge. We will also launch weekly meetings with specialists who will provide advice in the field of law or administration. Wanting migrants to get to know the City better, we have also planned guided walks.

– Following the idea of the project, we want to create libraries open to everyone, free from prejudices, stereotypes and discrimination – says Joanna Strzelec from the Municipal Library of Lodz. – We want everyone to feel great and safe with us. Please feel free to attend subsequent events.

The project “A library for everyone. Lodz, Gdynia, Cracow, Bergen – different cities, a common idea. Increasing access to culture – model Polish and Norwegian solution.”, is implemented under Measure 2 of the Culture Programme financed by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area.

 

 

 

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