Students at the University of Iceland Photograph: KristjĂĄn Maack
to revise all operational costs in the year 2010, but a witness to the City's ongoing commitment to library services is the fact that the City Library was among institutions that suffered the lowest cut (541 million ISK or 3.534.000 eur). To meet this, the library has shortened the lending time of books from 30 to 21 days, in order to make more efficient use of the stock. Services, such as library visits, story-hours, literature walks, poetry slam, literature website, multicultural services and other events at the libraries have not been affected.
The library's youth programs are particularly effective, with preschoolers attending the library and story-telling sessions. The Story Van visits the city's kindergartens and introduces the youngest generation to the wondrous world of books. The children visit the van and listen to stories and adventures, and the service has proven to be extremely popular since its introduction in 2008. The van is decorated with pictures by a well-known artist and designed in such a way that children can enjoy a cosy and adventurous time with the storytellers. Plans are underway to offer fairy tales and folktales read in English during the summer months for foreign children visiting the city.
ReykjavĂk â€“ a City of Literature
Published on Jul 23, 2012