Create culture:
Library Innovative Services

In 2020, the Ukrainian Library Association implements an international project called “Create Culture: Library Innovative Services”, supported by the European Union as a part of the House of Europe program. On a competitive basis, 32 librarians from Ukraine and Belarus were selected and trained by Danish and Ukrainian coaches. As a result of the workshops, each participating librarian developed and implemented a new innovative service for the development of creative industries in their library. These services are presented on the website.

Art Gallery “We work miracles with Ukraine in our hearts”

Velykooleksandrivka District Central Library has launched a service “We work miracles with Ukraine in our hearts”. With the help of the project, villagers will be introduced to the works of folk artists.

As part of the project, the library team plans to hold art workshops, organize an exhibition, hold meetings with skilled specialists, as well as create a website dedicated to their work.

Librarian Natalia Shevchuk says that they came up the idea of ​​the service after the holding separate exhibitions and meetings with craftsmen in the library. The team decided to expand and adapt this activity to create an innovative project.

“The testing took the form of interviews with library users aged 14-60. They liked the idea of ​​organizing a children’s corner, but we realized that the idea is not as perfect and effective as we wanted it to be. Therefore, the prior plan has changed completely thanks to the training and advice of coaches“, says co-organizer of the service Natalia Shevchuk.

The art gallery plans to present the best achievements of local masters of both older generation and creative youth. The works of craftspeople are presented in a variety of decorative and applied arts: embroidered paintings and icons, beads, leather, uniquely designed dolls and paintings.

“Visitors of our Facebook page will be able to see the works of craftspeople. First of all, it will give authors the opportunity to become public and present their works to people. They will be able not only to derive pleasure from their work, but also material support”, claims the librarian.

Currently, the exhibition-installation “Read and create!” is taking place in the space of the art gallery. The service is provided for free.

Project results

Natalia Shevchuk says, “Thanks to new library technologies, we tried to attract to the library as many users as possible, as well as to open the creative works of the craftspeople of Velykooleksandrivka region to the broad audience. We aimed the project at those who are interested in various artistic fields and fond of handicrafts, have creative abilities and like to experiment.

We held master classes for everyone, and we also plan to involve craftspeople in holding various holidays in the village and beyond, where they will have the opportunity to implement their work.

During the quarantine, the project went online, which allowed new users to join the service. After the livestreams, craftspeople call us and offer to post their works on the Facebook page of our library. Some were interested in the project, looking for new masters of needlework.

The format of our service has changed and provided us with more opportunities to discover talents”.

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