Libraries have a big role in society
100 librarians cycled from Amsterdam to Brussels to speak for libraries in 2013
Read the greeting from Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Council!
THANK YOU!!! The mission is accomplished! Cycling for libraries tour 2013 from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2013 is finished! A really big thank to all librarians and library lovers who cycled for our cause a long way in rain and wind! Thanks also to all our supporters and our partners who made this trip possible. We were featured prominently in the Netherlands and Belgium and we took an major message of the importance of public libraries in society to the EU Parliament. Now we look forward to the results! Please stay tuned…!
Public libraries exist in many countries across the world and are often considered an essential part of having an educated and literate population. Internationally, public libraries offer information and communication technology (ICT) services, giving “access to information and knowledge” the “highest priority.”
What is “Cycling for libraries”?
Cycling for libraries is an international cycling conference for librarians and library lovers. It aims to advocate libraries and increase awareness of the valuable services and resources that libraries offer to the community. Cycling for libraries is also an “unconference”, and so there will be minimal exposure to PowerPoints and sitting in auditoriums listening to somebody talk on the podium.
They said about libraries
“An original idea. That can’t be too hard. The library must be full of them.”
“There is not such a cradle of democracy on earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.”
“I had no books at home. I started to frequent a public library in Lisbon. It was there, with no help except curiosity and the will to learn, that my taste for reading developed and was refined.”