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  • Bringing neighbours closer

    Bringing neighbours closer

    Welcome to the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Programme 2014–2020!

    About the programme
  • Bringing neighbours closer

    Bringing neighbours closer

    Welcome to the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Programme 2014–2020!

  • Bringing neighbours closer

    Bringing neighbours closer

    Welcome to the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Programme 2014–2020!

LLI-422 Strengthening families by means of libraries’ cooperation as contribution to socio-economic growth in Ludza municipality, Rokiškis district and Jēkabpils City (HOME)

The modern library is a multipurpose place and institution. People not only search for information in library, they look for communication and information. It provides them information necessary for work, family, leisure, health, etc. As libraries are place, where information about all local processes is kept, they possess great potential for reduction of social exclusion in their municipalities.

The objective of the HOME project was to facilitate socio-economic activity of residents of Ludza (Latvia), Rokiškis (Lithuania) and Jēkabpils (Latvia) municipalities thus contributing to the improvement of living conditions in the border region of Latvia and Lithuania – in 3 deprived municipalities, which are remote from large development centres, with low birth and high death rates and low level of income. Libraries of Ludza, Rokiškis and Jēkabpils worked on offering comfortable and pleasant conditions for families, ensuring a place for socialisation and communication, where people can feel equal.

Ludza Town Library, Rokiškis District Municipal Library and Jēkabpils City Library organised their work with local families as small “societies” in the local society: with help of special activities and events (120 Family Times, which were carried out as workshops, masterclasses, lectures, meetings with interesting people, visits to enterprises and farms, etc.) the libraries have broaden the diapason of their activities. Owing to the new equipment and comforting the libraries’ premises, the partners’ libraries succeeded in widening the age range of their visitors; now the libraries offer family-friendly conditions in their premises. The libraries organised Game hours – the time, when parents can come with their small children to play games in the library. In total, the partners involved 1722 local inhabitants into the project activities.

Two big joint family festivals took place in Ludza and Rokiškis with participation of local families with children; for some of the children it was their first trip abroad.

In order to learn more how to work with different generations librarians took part in 3 joint seminars and in a study trip to libraries in Helsinki, Finland.

A game platform HOME was jointly created giving access for anyone to information about Ludza, Rokiškis and Jēkabpils in the form of a game, and the interactive touchscreen displays were installed in the libraries, where the platform is accessible to any visitor.

The libraries improved their technical equipment: they purchased laptops, interactive displays, games and toys for children of different age as well as furniture. Ludza and Jēkabpils libraries acquired baby changing stations. Rokiškis library premises were repaired to ensure more comfortable environment for visitors.

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31 August 2022

A temple of literature or a centre of leisure and entertainment?

A temple of literature, where books are dozing” – in such a way the National Library of Finland was characterised by one of the Latvian librarians, who have recently visited several libraries in Helsinki. Are all the libraries the same? Are they collections of ‘sleeping’ books and are librarians just preservers of the human treasure – literature?

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13 October 2021

Those, who know, will understand

The necessity of a baby changing station in the town can be only understood by those, who walked with their newborn child. Imagine: April, start of spring. You are walking around the town, your three month old offspring is sleeping in a pram, the sun is shining, but the air is rather fresh. You are dreaming about warm summer days. And then…

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28 July 2021

Family Times in project HOME

Many parents often think to themselves: “How can we make our life more varied without going somewhere very far?“. Three libraries (Ludza Town Library and Jēkabpils City Library in Latvia and Rokiškis District Public Library in Lithuania) have started a cycle of entertaining and educative activities “Family Time” for their local families. What do they offer?

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30 December 2020

Happy New Home – New equipment in HOME project

At the end of the year people usually think of the things they have done since the beginning of the year. Libraries of Ludza, Rokiškis and Jēkabpils started the HOME project in 2020. And despite the epidemiologic situation they have managed to realise some of the plans: now they have got new devices, furniture, IT equipment, games and toys for organisation of game and learning activities for local families. Let’s have a look at some purchases!

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10 July 2020

HOME has been opened

The project with a warm title acronym HOME started on the 1st of July 2020. The Lead partner Ludza Municipality (LV) invited its partners – Rokiškis Municipal Public Library and Jēkabpils City Municipality – to Ludza to the kick-off meeting.

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  • 07. October 2022
    Fun Activities for Families and their Pets in the Lionginas Šepka Park, Rokiškis

    Rokiškis, Lithuania

  • 14. May 2022
    Festival HOME in Ludza (LV)

    Ludza, Latvia

  • 14. April 2022
    Family Time: "Easter Traditions to Add to Your Family’s Holiday" in Rokiškis District Public Library (LT)

    Rokiškis, Lithuania

  • 15. February 2022
    Family Time "THE NAME OF THIS LAND – LITHUANIA" at Rokiškis District Public Library (LT)

    Rokiškis, Lithuania

  • 17. December 2021
    Family Time "The Miracle of Christmas" at Rokiškis District Public Library (LT)

    Rokiškis, Lithuania

  • 11. November 2021
    Family Time: Creative Family Workshop "Autumn silk colors" in Rokiškis District Public Library (LT)

    Rokiškis, Lithuania

  • 21. October 2021
    Family Time "Unique Leather Gift" at Rokiškis District Public Library (LT)

    Rokiškis, Lithuania

  • 16. September 2021
    Family Time - Family 3D movie "Alvin and the Chipmunks 3" watching in Rokiškis District Public Library (LT)

    Rokiškis, Lithuania

  • 16. September 2021
    Family Time - Family 3D movie "Happy Feet 2" watching in Rokiškis District Public Library (LT)

    Rokiškis, Lithuania

  • 09. September 2021
    Family Time - Family 3D movie "Alvin and the Chipmunks 3" watching in Rokiškis District Public Library (LT)

    Rokiškis, Lithuania

  • 25. August 2021
    Family Time in “Šlyninkos Water Mill” by Rokiškis District Municipal Public Library (LT)

    Šlyninkos k., Lithuania

  • 24. August 2021
    Family Time "Meetings of mothers with kids” by Rokiškis District Municipal Public Library (LT)

    Rokiskis, Lithuania

  • 20. August 2021
    Seminar "Digital addiction" in Ludza, Latvia (Day 2 - Using gadgets in studies and in general – pros and cons)

    Ludza, Latvia

  • 19. August 2021
    Seminar "Digital addiction" in Ludza, Latvia (Day 1 - Influence of the artificial intelligence and virtual reality in the modern society)

    Ludza, Latvia

  • 18. August 2021
    Family Time "Musical House" by Ludza Town Library (LV)

    Ludza, Latvia

  • 16. August 2021
    Family time "House on the Raft" in Ludza Town Park (LV)

    Ludza, Latvia

  • 13. August 2021
    Family Time "Sounds of Music" by Ludza Town Library (LV)

    Ludza, Latvia

  • 12. August 2021
    Family Time "Sounds of Music" by Ludza Town Library (LV)

    Ludza, Latvia

  • 11. August 2021
    Family Time "Meeting with children writer Inese Valtere" by Ludza Town Library (LV)

    Ludza, Latvia

  • 05. August 2021
    Family Time "3D printed bookmark" in Rokiškis District Public Library (LT)

    Rokiškis, Lithuania

  • 04. August 2021
    Family Time "House Made of Letters" by Ludza Town Library (LV)

    Ludza, Latvia

  • 28. July 2021
    Family time "Under an Umbrella" in Ludza Town Park (LV)

    Ludza, Latvia

  • 28. July 2021
    Family Time "FELT MAGIC" in Rokiškis District Library (LT)

    Rokiškis, Lithuania

  • 27. July 2021
    Family Time - educational programme for families in “Lavender Vanagynė” (Rokiškis district, LT)

    Vanaginė, Lithuania

  • 25. July 2021
    Family time "A Small Flower of Colours" by Ludza Town Library (LV)

    Ludza, Latvia

  • 23. July 2021
    Family time - excursion for families of Ludza municipality, Latvia

    Savelinki, Latvia

  • 21. July 2021
    Family Time meeting “Black and White Thought”

    Rokiškis, Lithuania

  • 20. July 2021
    Family time - excursion for families of Ludza municipality, Latvia

    Mihalova, Latvia

  • 14. July 2021
    Family Time meeting “Wood Secrets”

    Rokiškis, Lithuania

  • 07. July 2021
    Family Time meeting “A Wonderful Wife”

    Rokiškis, Lithuania

  • 30. June 2021
    Family Time in Rokiškis district "Baking Mushroom Cookies"

    Juodupė, Lithuania

  • 26. June 2021
    Family time "Cat in a Bag" at Ludza Town Library (LV)

    Ludza, Latvia

  • 20. June 2021
    Family Time "HOW TO PLAY A FAIRY TALE" in Rokiškis (LT)

    Rokiškis, Lithuania

  • 16. June - 18 June 2021
    Camp "Two is a Family"

    Meirāni, Latvia

  • 16. June 2021
    On-line Family Time event "Jump into summer!"at Jēkabpils City Library
  • 16. June 2021
    Family time "Butterfly Day" at Ludza Town Library (LV)

    Ludza, Latvia

  • 09. June 2021
    On-line Family Time activity "THE ROLE OF PARENTS IN THEIR CHILD'S CAREER CHOICES" at Rokiškis Library
  • 31. May 2021
    Family Time meeting “UNFORGETTABLE CHILDREN’S HOLIDAYS”
  • 13. May 2021
    Online Family Time meeting "UNFORGETTABLE CHILDREN'S HOLIDAYS"
  • 26. April 2021
    Online Family Time meeting “TOMAS DIRGĖLA DANCES BALLET”
  • 02. April 2021
    Family Time in Rokiškis Library: online Meeting: “Books for Easter gifts”
  • 30. March 2021
    Online Family Time meeting “Easter Joy”
  • 18. March 2021
    Online Family Time meeting: “Let's Be Healthy in the Spring”
  • 01. July 2020
    Kick-off meeting of the project HOME in Ludza, Latvia

    Ludza, Latvia

  • The overall objective of the project was to facilitate socio-economic activity of local inhabitants in Ludza, Rokiškis and Jēkabpils municipalities thus contributing to improvement of living conditions in the border region of Latvia and Lithuania.

    By realising the project activities, the partners (Ludza Municipality (Lead partner), Juozas Keliuotis Rokiškis District Municipal Public Library (Project partner 2) and Jēkabpils Municipality (Project partner 3)) wished to create conditions that would increase social and economic activity of families in 3 deprived communities Ludza (Latvia), Rokiškis (Lithuania) and Jēkabpils (Latvia) municipalities. Different families would receive practical information about various spheres of life; they would learn new things about organisation of the society in their municipalities. The partners believed that in such a way they could increase local inhabitants’ interest and in educational, in social activities taking place in their municipalities, thus creating the basis for their socio-economic development, improving living conditions in a part of the Programme’s area in the future.

    In reality, as it had also been planned, the largest part of the realised project activities was focused on families with children living in Ludza (Latvia), Rokiškis (Lithuania) and Jēkabpils (Latvia). In total, 122 activities or events were carried out by the partners’ libraries for local families, two of them being joint ones, i.e., with participation of some families from all three partners’ areas. Those activities were entertaining and educating at once and related to different topics, which are important in our life: literature, music, sport, health, family, cartoons, films, business, active leisure and so on. In total, the partners’ libraries involved 1722 persons into the project activities, organised in form of lectures, master-classes, visits to companies and organisations, meetings with interesting and popular people, games, competitions, quests, practical workshops in painting, cooking, etc.

    Project specific objective “Creation of family-friendly libraries”

    The libraries, which wanted to become family-friendly, were Ludza Library, Juozas Keliuotis Rokiškis District Municipal Public Library (further in the text – Rokiškis Library) and Jēkabpils City Library. In order to achieve the given specific objective these libraries organised activities named “Family Time”. The libraries chose topics themselves and made a poster inviting anyone interested (but especially families with children) to come on a specific day and to spend time learning, doing something together, playing games. It had been planned that each partner would organise 38 Family Times (in total, 114), but in reality, there were 120 Family Times. As it was mentioned before, topics of these activities were very different. There were on-line meetings, workshops, quests in parks, activities related to some holidays. One of the unique Family Times was a camp for single parents “Two is a Family” organised by Jēkabpils Library.

    In addition to the Family Times, 2 joint events for families were carried out – 2 large family festivals “HOME” were organised by Ludza Library and Rokiškis Library): one in Ludza and one in Rokiškis. About 30 persons (parents/grandparents with children) representing each partner took part in each festival. During the festivals, the participants played games, danced, watched puppet-theatre performances, took part in concerts, flashmobs and experiments (e.g., painted on the water). For some children, that was their first trip abroad.

    The libraries have improved their premises and acquired new equipment to create more comfortable conditions for families, especially for young mothers with small children. It is believed that people only come to the library to borrow a book or to give it back, when it is read. But in reality, the library is something much larger and can become more significant. Young mothers can come to the library with their babies, and while a baby or a larger child is playing with toys, his/ her mother can communicate with other mothers. Or, sometimes parents come with two children, and while the larger one is choosing books for reading, the smaller child can play with the parents. For such everyday situations, premises in Rokiškis Municipal Public Library were repaired, IT and other equipment, furniture, toys and games were bought for all the partners’ libraries. Air-conditioning was improved in Ludza Library. Ludza Municipality and Jēkabpils municipality purchased baby changing stations for their libraries taking part in the project. After the project implementation, the libraries offer comfortable and pleasant conditions for families will be a place of socialisation and communication, where people can feel equal.

    With help of the new furniture, baby care equipment it became possible to offer such a thing as GAME hours – parents can come with their small children and spend time in the library.

    Intensification of cooperation between the partners’ librarians and development of their capacity

    As it was written in the project application, “Sharing experience and continuous education and qualification improvement are essential in any work. Modern libraries resemble more reference or information centres and leisure time clubs, where people can come for advice, information, data or to spend time with friends using modern IT. In order to conform to inhabitants’ requirements, librarians should constantly improve their qualification acquiring new skills”. In order to organise improvement of the partners’ librarians’ qualification and to intensify cooperation between them, 3 seminars and a study trip to Finland were organised during the project. Joint or collaborative learning ensures more efficient results – when learning together, people communicate, discuss the same problems and issues, they share their impressions and opinion at these activities.

    The topics of the seminars were: “X, Y, Z and A generations: challenges for employers, parents and pedagogues”, “Digital addiction” and “Digital communication”.

    At the final period of the project, partners’ librarians and some municipal employees took part in the study trip to Helsinki, Finland.

    In total, 83 specialists (mostly, librarians of Ludza municipality, Rokiškis district and Jēkabpils municipality) participated in qualification improvement activities of the project.

    Raising awareness of local inhabitants with help of a gaming platform

    During the project, the librarians collected information for creation of a game platform HOME. It includes data on organisations, services, institutions in the partners’ towns, information about the historical and cultural sites. Later, software was developed and now it is available for usage in touchscreen displays in the partners’ libraries. This platform is accessible to anyone who visits the library, and will be used by librarians in organising activities for local children.

    Last updated: 23.05.2024 15:28