Having the World Read or Cooperation between Libraries and Schools in the Ústí nad Labem Region
The project was implemented in the period 1 September 2018 - 31 December 2021 (financed by EU Structural Funds; OPIE; Ministry of Education and Science) with the aim of linking formal and non-formal education and transferring key competences to pupils of kindergartens, primary and secondary schools. 18 educational programmes of at least 16 hours have been developed for different age groups, thematically focusing on the journey of a book from author to reader (creating a publication), polytechnic education (new technologies, developing creativity), programming (creating applications for smart devices), regional history, citation ethics in information work, critical thinking and media education. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, some programs were created with the possibility of distance delivery. Libraries in Ústí nad Labem, Litoměřice, Louny and Děčín, elementary schools in the above mentioned cities and the surroundings of Ústí nad Labem, secondary schools in Ústí nad Labem, the Museum of the City of Ústí nad Labem, the Volunteer Centre (17 organisations within the Ústí nad Labem Region) cooperated in the project.
PASSENGERS in the library
The project is an example of a functional link between a school as an educational institution, a library as an open public space and an informal volunteer group. It is open to everyone in the whole Ústí nad Labem region. The library started its implementation in November 2021 in cooperation with the Special Education Centre in Ústí n. L. Once a month, children with autism spectrum disorders (without mental deficits, aged 12-26) and their companions (parents) meet in the safe environment of the library; activities for both groups are separate and take place in the afternoon. Initially in a closed library, now in normal operation. The children meet new friends, get acquainted with a new environment, form new social habits, discover new information, or just have fun, read or talk - each client has the right to choose to participate or not in the activities according to their needs. Parents can share their experiences with each other, and there is also space for consultation with professionals. Librarians and volunteers are also involved in the activities.
Adaptation and language courses for Ukrainian refugees
In addition to regular library services, in spring 2022 the library began to offer newcomers from Ukraine the possibility of education in the Czech language (conversation and classical courses in cooperation with the Integration Counselling Centre). Foreigners and Czechs also have the opportunity to meet and get to know each other during various community and cultural activities. In addition, during the holidays, the library has prepared two adaptation and two language courses for Ukrainian children from the youngest to the youth up to 18 years of age. The courses started on Monday, 11 July and until Friday, 26 August, dozens of children spent the summer not only with activities in the library, where they learned basic Czech in a fun and playful way and got acquainted with the library and its services, but also enjoyed excursions and trips within the city and the Ústí nad Labem region. The library realized the whole project thanks to a grant from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. The library continues these activities both on its own and in cooperation with other partners (Integration Counselling, Diakonie, volunteers).