Greetings from Baltics

Jukka Pennanen and Mace Ojala visited Latvian and Estonian colleagues one week ago, in the end of May. Our purpose was of course to meet the people and rub shoulders with them, but also to promote the concept Cycling for libraries, see libraries that we will visit during the unconference 28th July-7th August, inspect the accommodations and also to see the road conditions and the landscape and so forth.

So we took the ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn on Wednesday, and after some meetings etc. in Tallinn and Keila, we drove directly to Riga Via Baltica to. Then for several days we followed the future Cycling for libraries -bicycling route back to Tallinn.

Most of the communication with other people in the Baltic States involved in organising this summer’s Cycling for libraries has been virtual via email and Facebook. So it was nice to finally meet our contacts, friends and colleagues along he July+August bicycling route, in Riga, Valmiera, Valka, Tartu, Rakvere, Tallinn and a few other places.

Of course there is still a lot to do for us all but Cycling for libraries is getting a lot of support and hospitability, and we’re happy to see all preparations progressing very well.

Less than two months to the start, looking forward to it!

PS. check out the fresh photos in the Cycling for libraries -group on Flickr.

Katarina Jee

Mace, Jukka, Triinu Seppam together with poet and chairman of Estonian Writers’ Association Karl-Martin Sinijärv, went to meet the Katarina Jee -bookmobile which travels together with the cyclists from Vilnius to Tallinn

Jukka checking out the premises

Jukka checking out the premises

Nice bicycling lane in Riga

Nice bicycling lane in Riga

Stopping to inspect gravel roads

Stopping to inspect gravel roads (yes, expect some gravel)

Poetry book publication event in the interesting Valmiera Integrated Library

Poetry book publication event in the interesting Valmiera Integrated Library

A local cyclists

Ewa Roots showing a safetyvest Tartu library has made for some cycling event

Ewa Roots showing a safetyvest Tartu library has made for some cycling event. We talked practicalities of Cycling for libraries, and got carried away into discussion about the relationships of libraries, publishers and authors. Luckily the sounds of annual Tartu bicyclerace interrupted us 🙂

Leipäkeittoa

“Bread soup”, a local food not unlike finnish mämmi. Sweet and tasty, i hope to get some more in August

Rakvere library kid's room

Rakvere library kid’s room. The Rakvere library is located in an old bank, but feels like a livingroom. They’re doing and admirable job there!

Imagine 100 bicycling librarians and librarylovers here, discussing library matters

Imagine 100 bicycling librarians and librarylovers here, discussing library matters

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There are 3 comments. Add yours.

  1. All of this seems good and tasty.
    But Mace, did you change your old Peugeot bike to a new 3 pedals one?
    It is the cycling day in France and it’s raining and that’s not good.
    Get ready!
    Michel

  2. I just wanted to wish you well on your concept of Cycling for Libraries sounds like a wonderful project.
    Wish you well!
    HC

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