Hearty greeting to all the Cycling for Libraries 2012 participants! I am impatiently awaiting the end of July when we will be meeting in Vilnius. For me, last year’s ride was the most striking thing I had done in the previous decade. The people I met and the time we spent together cannot be compared with any other mode of communication. The sense of closeness with the journey mates that stems from overcoming, what at least for me was, a physically strenuous journey, is unique. I am overtaken with joy as I am writing back and forth with all of you; I am looking forward to giving you all the best our country has, show you the most beautiful nooks and crannies, visit the best libraries, and introduce you to the supporters of Latvian libraries. We are working hard on the preparations and I do hope we will succeed in showing all we have. We have selected the itinerary, and next week we will help Mace and Jukka chose between two challenging gravel-covered routes between Sigulda and Valmiera. It will be great!
After the ride from Copenhagen to Berlin we claimed to no end what a success it had been! In all Library Association of Latvia meetings, we have been stressing the opportunity for a challenge that Cycling for Libraries offers. We will have supporters join us for many of the legs of the trip through Latvia. Writers have been called on to join conversations with the locals where the library bus Katarina Jee will be stopping.
The destination in Helsinki – the IFLA Annual Conference “Libraries Now! – Inspiring, Surprising, Empowering” – is a spot-on encouragement for librarians all over the world. But first: “Librarians and Library Lovers Now! – Cycling for Libraries in the Baltic States”.
President of Latvian Library Association