Reinventing Library, Reinforcing Children

The main purpose of this paper is the presentation of work with children and young adults at The Public Library „Žarko Zrenjanin“ in Zrenjanin. There are four types of activities at the library: traditional, workshops, new and experimental. Traditional manifestations are The Poetic Relay, The Reading Badge and The Fairytale Quizz. The Poetic Relay is longest lasting children activity at the library which had begun in 1975. It is also the most massive one, since it is performed in more than 60 schools with about 10.000 participants every year. Since it had started, more than 40 books of contemporary children’s authors have been published. The Reading Badge and The Little Reading Badge are also widely recognized and traditional activities since they last for more than thirty years and they link preschool and school children with the library. The Fairytale Quizz is the activity exclusively for the preschool children in which the participants are also acquainted with the library itself, its departments and functions. There are several types of workshops that are conducted at the library: storytelling, educational, reading, ecological.However,some of them are close to the concept of library without the walls, meaning that the activity is performed outside the traditional library space. The new activities often combine technology and traditional librarianship – movie making, learning with robots, gaming, and they are developed in accordance with the acquisition of the new technological tools at the children’s department. At the same time, the traditional activities are enriched by the use of the new media, social networking and other on-line tools. The experimental activity such as Living Library was performed several times at The Public Library and has received wide recognition and appreciation.

Keywords: Public Library „Žarko Zrenjanin“ Zrenjanin, activities, children, young adults, The Poetic Relay, The Reading badge, workshops, new technologies


Vladimir Arsenić is a Senior Librarian at Zrenjanin Public Library. He graduated comparative literature from Tel Aviv University. From April to June 2000 he had been a visiting researcher at International Youth Library in Munich. He is editor-in-chief of a literary magazine Ulaznica which is published by Zrenjanin Library.
Maja Kačarić is a children’s librarian at Zrenjanin Public Library. From March to August 2017 she held the managerial position at Vršac Public Library. She is conducting different educational, ecological and creative workshops and activities of the Children’s department in Public Library Zrenjanin, mostly with school and preschool children.

The Workshop Of Smiles – Running Away From Home to the Library

The main role of any modern children’s library is to fulfill the needs of the children for an intercultural understanding and dialogue, widely present in the complex social environment. The real and virtual multicultural environment in which children today live in greatly influences their opinions and attitudes and is therefore a blessing, but also an obstacle that demands libraries make special efforts to accomplish their mission and satisfy the needs of their youngest users.

The public library in the multicultural Dimitrovgrad (Caribrod) started a Poetry workshop in the year of 2000. The purpose of the workshops organized by the library was to gather children and young adults who would develop their reading habits and be encouraged, taught and motivated to start writing and creating their own works. Numerous literary, art, and theatrical workshops, as well as workshops for reciting poems and creating cartoons were attended by many children and young adults not only living in Dimitrovgrad, but also coming from other parts of the country to spend their holidays in their parents’ hometown. The Poetry workshop worked intensely until 2015 and by that time published 17 books of poetry, fiction, and art works created by children and young adults written in both Serbian and Bulgarian. In addition, countless exhibitions, performances of plays, poetry and cartoons were organized, and a dosen of independent projects were realized. Many projects were also completed in collaboration with non-profit organizations, and 30 episodes of the entertaining librarian television shows “Klinci i hlapeta” and “Poponajci” were aired.

The purpose of the film “The Workshop of Smiles- Running Away From Home to the Library” is to show the development, significance and the results of working with children in a small, multicultural library.

Elizabeta Georgiev is a certified librarian, organizer of cultural and educational programs, the editor in the publishing business, the head of creative workshops for children and young people in library in Dimitrovgrad. She is the author of six books and a large number of papers in the field of librarianship. She is also engaged in literary work – writing for children and adults, in Serbian and Bulgarian, and she is engaged in translation from Serbian to Bulgarian language and vice versa.

Creative Consumption of Culture: the Book Trailer – New Reading Mode

The Project of Creative Consumption of Culture is turned to children and young adults reading habits encouraging them on creative ways of reading including the new technologies. The crises of reading is the crises of quality in the contemporary days, and the book trailer is multiply positive way of librarian remedy to: activate to reading, to activate creative thinking, to mobile the new technology in a purpose of quality reading, to work on sincretism between arts based on reading experience.

Jelena Kalajdžija (1986), librarian and MA professor of literature. Interested in popularisation of creative ways of reading from birth to late ages. Librarian handbooks published: “Under the Book’s Roof: the Social Responsibility within the Management of the Public Libraries” (Novi Sad, 2014) “Creative Consumption of Culture: New Reading Modes” (Bijeljina, 2018)

Digital Storytelling

Story is the universal language of the world. It entertains, teaches, encourages us, it is the means of conveying and interpreting various socio-civilization experiences, it facilitates our understanding of the world and of ourselves. The art of storytelling evolves and changes throughout the history. For centuries it is told orally. With the appearance of writing, the stories have been recorded by painting, symbols,carving into wood, bamboo, ivory or clay pottery, books with palm leaves, silk, linen or paper. The digital evolution has brought new approaches to the‘storyteller’s word.’

The digital storytelling implies a different kind of teaching: the pupil is in the center, the teacher becomes a tutor, and the topicshe deals with are related to the real world.Using the everyday tools, the young develop their digital and social skills, critical opinion and creativity in an informal atmosphere. Digital story represents a series of pictures and/or short video clips of total duration up to 3 minutes. The stories can have background music together with narration, and are created and edited by a person who wants to tell a story with which he’ll influence others or encourage to act.Pictures, drawings, photographs are used – not video.

The digital storytelling brings interaction through the process of storytelling in circle. The stories are real and based on contemplating life experiences. The librarians who work with pupils should ‘detach’ from being focused on the ‘pupils’ and should instead consider the experiences and aspirations of those people in their entirety. The young must have fun while learning. Now, more than ever, the education has the responsibility to guide through the challenges and strivings of the 21st century, and enable the right kinds of values and skills that will lead to the sustainable and inclusive growth and a peaceful co-existence.

Keywords: digital storytelling, digital stories, digital skills

Authors Anita Tufekčić
Employment institution: Elementary school Antuni Stjepan Radić, Gunja
Work post: professional associate –librarian with mentor status
Field of work: education activity, professional-librarian referral jobs, cultural and public activities
Education: Josip Juraj Strossmayer University, Doctoral school, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Osijek

Biljana Krnjajić
Employment institution: Elementary school Siniša Glavašević, Vukovar
Work post: professional associate – librarian with advisor status
Field of work: education activity, professional-librarian referral jobs, cultural and public activities
Education: Josip Juraj Strossmayer University,Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Osijek, course: graduate librarian

Bojan Lazić
Employment institution: Elementary school Negoslavci/ Elemenatry school Brsadin
Work post: professional associate – librarian with mentor status
Field of work: education activity, professional-librarian referral jobs, cultural and public activities
Education: Department of Information Science, University of Zadar, course: graduate librarian

Digitalisation and Gamification in Tampere City Library: Motivating School Kids and Teachers to Use the Library

Booktalk with Kahoot!

In the booktalks for the 8th graders we introduce the literary genres. To engage and involve the participants to the booktalk, we use the, which is free game-based learning platform that is used a lot in our schools. The students can vote for the theme they find most interesting. For example in science fiction we have two options to choose from: time travel or space invaders. The librarians will talk only about the theme that gets the most votes from the students. game – getting to know the library

For many years, we have offered to the 4th and the 7th graders a visit to the library, which includes a tour around the building and an introduction to our services and the net library. Now we have an educational game, that gives the students a chance to explore the library by themselves. In the game there is a map of the library and different tasks and questions that the students will have to answer. This is an answer to teachers’ requests to make the library visits more action-based and now the kids are learning by doing themselves. The Seppo-platform is created by a Finnish company, and we have bought licenses for each library in our city.

Reading diploma application

In addition to the paper version of the reading diploma of our library, we have created a mobile application. The paper lists get lost more often that the kids’ mobile phones, in which the application keeps the book lists always in their pockets. With the mobile applications, it’s easy to keep track of progress, and you also have a direct link to the library database to see if the book you are interested in is available.

LUTVID FEST: Librarian Festival of puppetry and the book trailers

Puppetry and the book trailers are shown as two sides of the children play: archaic and contemporary and both of them PL “Filip Višnjić” used in an idea of Festival started in 2016, in which both are in purpose of promoting reading. The same book as a base for a puppetry play, paravan-type for younger primary scholars and the book trailer for older primary scholars as unique team representing their creative ways of reading in this kind of competition. The main aim of Library is to gather children from different cities and countries in exchanging their reading experience, and to collect a special funds of non book materials: puppetry and electronic resources of book trailers. Every puppet is a novel hero and after every play one of them stays permanent in Library own, as thou the trailers stays in its electronic version in library base.

Jelena Kalajdžija (1986), librarian and MA professor of literature. Interested in popularisation of creative ways of reading from birth to late ages. Librarian handbooks published: “Under the Book’s Roof: the Social Responsibility within the Management of the Public Libraries” (Novi Sad, 2014) “Creative Consumption of Culture: New Reading Modes” (Bijeljina, 2018)

New Paradigm in Reading – the Book Trailer

Changes in society and technology development make direct influence on our approach, goals and the way we promote reading and modeling good readers taste. Modern public library is forced to introduce innovations in promotion of library materials, specially books. Libraries are facing new age with the focus on visual art more than reading. We are facing reading decrease in modern world due to faster life and problems with focusing on longer text. Specially teenagers who become very inpatient and want only short information. Half of the world is on line today. Regardless the device people use they spend 1900 minutes online, that means 30 hours monthly. Half of that time is on social media. Young people have need to follow, like, share. If that is a key interest why wouldn’t they do that with the books? That’s why we need new paradigms in reading like book trailer. We need proactive approach and use their interest in technology to improve their skills and abilities as a opposition to bad and often vulgar content on social network. In this paper I will introduce program for encouraging reading among children and young people using book trailer. How do we carry it out and its advantages.

Dunja Brkin Trifunović graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad, group-Serbian literature in 2010.
Librarian in Public library „Jovan Popović“, Kikinda,  works on planning, organizing and promoting cultural events for children and adults, responsible for creating content that the library post on social networks and the official website. 

Paper Theatre Workshops in Getting Acquainted with the Home Town

Paper theatre uses animation, which is necessary for the keeping children’s concentration on the topic. Along several learning channel, so it fits the needs of younger participants as well as the hyperactive children. The scenery could be a book illustration, postcard or even a created pictures by the librarian or the young readers. It could use stories from the history of the native town. It can be made at the library or at school or wherever children learn on their hometown history and culture. It can be also a good help in language schools to learn the history and culture of other land and nations in the native language of those foreign countries.

Dr Rita Fleis born in 1965 in Subotica, Serbia, Yugoslavia. She has been working in the city library for 15 years in the Departments of old and rare books and homeland. She also worked in high school as a teacher of classical languages and she had worked as a teacher in the school for partially sighted children. She is a doctor of theatrology and magister of classical philology. She wrote some puppetry dramas and a puppet opera for children.

Programmes and Activities to Encourage Young People’s Creativity in an Elementary School Library (in Serbia)

A school library is the place of library-informational, educational and cultural activities of the school. Developing and adopting reading skills in students in a school library, can be achieved by carrying out projects that are both in the service of encouraging reading,creativity and acquiring basic life competencies and skills and they are up-to-date in Serbia and are envisaged by curriculum and teaching program from the first grade of primary school.

The aim of this work is to present several school projects of librarians and groups of teachers ( Beatlemania, Shakespeare – contemporary and interlocutor of all the epochs, Travel to the past, Poetry Club …), which are realized thanks to the dedicated work and ideas of school librarians, and to show that manifestations and programs that are held every year do not have to be template, but always different, better and with much more content. The quality of such activities of the school library of the elementary school “Dušan Jerković” in Uzice was also recognized by the Institute for the Improvement of Education and Upbringing because it included 5 examples of this kind of work in its database of successful extracurricular activities, which were given to schools from all over Serbia for the Competition, which was open from October 2017 to the end of January 2018. This additionally affirms and makes the work of school librarians more visible, who are not recognized as adequate personnel in the Serbian educational system, which can turn students on cognitive and explorative activities during lifelong learning.

This type of activities enables students to have contemporary, active and creative work. There is positive, stimulating communication, cooperation and improvement of the quality of knowledge. By introducing such model of extracurricular activities, students tend to recognize the school library as a place for quality leisure spending.

Key words: school librarian, extracurricular activities, creativity, cooperation, knowledge quality, marketing of the school library

Mirjana Radovanović Pejović, school librarian,MA in Philology,  participant of  library conferencesas well as expert meetings in Serbia and the region. Board member of Serbian Association of School Librarians. Winner of the SASL Award “Mina Karadžić” for the best school librarian in 2016.

Ana Duković, school librarian and teacher, MA in Philology. She puts special emphasis on developing student competences for lifelong learning. Participant of library conferences as well as expert meetingsin Serbia and the region.

Marina Jevtić, the English language and literature teacher. Participant of library conferences as well as expert meetingsin Serbia and the region. She puts special emphasis on extracurricular activities. Chairman of the humanitarian association branch “ Parent“- Užice.

A Fairy Tale in the Library

Sessions as encouragement to read

Along with its main functions, defined by law, modern 21st century library transforms into a place for teaching ICT literacy skills, democratic dialogue, digitization of cultural heritage, competence building etc.

How to attract children and teenagers to reading, how to include books and library in their daily routine?

The library should be spacious and equipped with modern ICT devices, instruments, models… How can it fulfill its purpose in small-town or rural environment with very modest equipment? The key is people, the main resource we have. The answer is –well-planned actions, well prepared sessions for children who see it as a shelter. Each event should correspond to children’s expectations,which requires a lot of work, imagination, creativity, empathy and staff sympathetic to children with special needs. Thereafter, we can obtain important data by evaluating sessions, making it easier to plan future actions. Sessions should be diverse and help us expand the circle of users or visitors.

Some of the activities we held: Reading fairy tales to the youngest, Magical mask, My puppeteer story, Happy Friday, New Year’s magic, Children’s week, Successful learning, Creative writing, My dreamcatcher, Enchantress winter,Little Prince’s Journey,Was the ugly duckling really ugly…All sessions required very little material (colored paper, pencils, markers), and in the first part of each children made models, masks etc., to use them later in acting or other activities. All sessions were based on literary works, which we discussed later, to proceed with different activities. In this way, children’s love of reading increased, what is evident from the increasing number of library subscribers and children, interested in the library’s programs.

The key to success lies in motivated librarians, enthusiastically working with children, and the joy and smiles of happy kids.

Jelka Panić
Born: 05/07/1978
Graduated from the Philological Faculty (Russian language and literature)
Russian language teacher and director in primary school “Rajko Mihajlović”, Banjani
Director of the Library “Božidar Knežević” in  Ub, Serbia (2018-present)
Passed the state exam in both Library sciences and Russian language
Languages: Russian, English
Married with four children

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