In my current job I collaborate a lot with local schools by teaching information/media literacy skills to primary and secondary school students (from 7- to 13-year-olds). I’d like to share experiences and ideas with people from other countries and with different backgrounds. Do you collaborate with schools? How? What kinds of skills are relevant for today’s schoolchildren, in today’s information society? Information retrieval skills, copyright issues, how to efficiently use Google, social and new media skills, something else?
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas!
See you in June!
Eeva Rita-Kasari (Facebook)
Vantaa city library
How to teach children to spend their free time? That there is no sense of omission?
I’m working at the National Library of Latvia in Children’s Literature Center. Our visitors mostly are children of the nearest schools and they spend part of their leisure time here – in Children’s Literature Center. At the Center they can read books and magazines, play various board games, use computer or just communicate with their friends and library workers. But still there are children who don’t know how to find a way to spend their leisure time.
How to teach children to spend their free time?
And one of the reason why children are difficult to choose leisure time activities is that they have too many opportunities and they get confused.
National library of Latvia
First of all, a great professional challenge for me will be communication in English, because I do not feel free yet to communicate in English. However, there is one issue I am very interested in – it is bibliotherapy. I would like to listen to colleague’s view on it. Do other colleagues have experience in this field? Is this method used in practice in libraries? Are professional psychologists involved in bibliotherapy? I would like to establish personal contact with colleagues who use bibliotherapy in practice.
“Sunny Days Library” Service Point of the Riga Central Library
at the Children’s Clinical University Hospital