Monday, November 30, 2009

"A library in the backpack" a workshop in the Goethe Institute Library in Athens

On Friday, 27 November 2009, we were once again in the hospitable library of the Goethe Institute in Athens, for another well-organized event about what else: libraries, books and our students.
The workshop "A library in the backpack" was presented by Ulrike Buchman, professor of the German Literature department at the University of Hannover (Leibniz Universität Hannover).
After the introductory lecture , she presented various activities that can be conducted in a school library to promote reading. The slogan was
"Reading, just for the fun of it!"
Later on, five books were discussed:
Fünfter sein,
Die Torte ist weg,
Gewitternacht &
Die Geschichte vom Löwen, der nicht schreiben konnte
and then it was the participants' turn to form small groups and express their own ideas on how to present these books to their student clubs at school.
The seminar did not look like «ex cathedra» teaching at all. On the contrary, it was very vivid and also the teacher librarians contributed their own comments and suggestions.
Professor Ulrike Buchmann, whose main research interest is psychology and teaching of reading & juvenile literature, spoke in German, but Sabine Sartzetaki, who teaches at the Ionian University, helped us with her excellent interpretation into Greek.

I would like to express my thanks to director Gerlinde Buck and librarian Christine Tzimis of the Goethe Institute Library
for the interesting event and the relaxed atmosphere that was provided.

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Video: 10 years of school libraries in Greece

An anniversary movie celebrating the first 10 years of School Libraries in public schools in Greece.
It is the joint work of various school libraries from all over Greece.
In this short video you can see snapshots of the diverse work that has been done
the last few years of this new institution:
lessons using the rich materials of our collection and new technologies,
speeches by famous Greek authors, theatrical performances, cultural programs, user training
(information literacy), reading clubs, book fairs, and of course hundreds of loans,
since they are lending libraries for all the members of the school community.
All services provided by libraries in public schools are offered totally free.

Watch the video at

[The presenter speaks in Greek, but there are also captions in English.]