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Speaking Volumes

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A new publication from the Carnegie UK Trust, Speaking Volumes,  provides examples of the wide range of activities that demonstrate the impact public libraries can have in four key policy areas – social, economic, educational and cultural. The leaflet also shows how these directly contribute towards to individual and community wellbeing. The leaflet folds out into a poster and is based on hundreds of examples of practice throughout the UK and Ireland, as well as published evidence of impact. A database of these examples is available on the Trust’s website.

With Book to a Roof Over the Head

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Over the past few weeks members of the Public Libraries Section have been discussing programs for  homeless citizens.

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Our member Ljiljana Sabljak has sent in this report about the programs the City Library of Zagreb offers around social inclusion. The project is called With Book to a Roof Over the Head:

Our  homeless citizens are not only users but also creators of the program, they become students who adopt new information and teachers who share knowledge and experience.We started because of the social role of the public library with a class of information literacy for homeless people. Free workshops for information literacy and computer literacy were offered in the library. After a year we donated some computers to their shelters.

We also started free art workshops for homeless people with the purpose of animating creative expressions. Today they sell their  magazine Light of the Street,  post cards, Christmas cards and souviners.All this helps them to be included, and increase their budget.

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