Borisov Central District Library named after I. H. Kolodeeva (Republic of Belarus) launched an innovative service aimed at working with the families of convicts.
The service is implemented in partnership with colony №14 of the Department of Execution of Punishments in the Minsk Region of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus and deals with organizing literary readings for children with the participation of prisoners.
“We got the idea of the service from the Brooklyn Public Library (USA), where it is implemented under the name “Telestory”. But we decided to adapt it for our country and our library in particular. After learning the methodology “Design-thinking for librarians” with trainers from Denmark, we decided to add the second component of the service – creating an audio product in which convicts will read fairy tales, fragments of stories and short stories for children”, said library director Olena Kopytok.
She also noted that the service prototype made it clear the most comfortable format for online meetings of families will be a closed area in the children’s library, where there will be 1-hour reading and communication.
As a part of the service children will take a closer look at the library, will have an online meeting with their father, as well as will receive a book as a gift after reading, “The book is given to the child for his personal family library with a wish to read it together when dad or mom returns home.”
Online meetings started on April 23, 2020, and as of January 1, 2021, there were already 7 of them (29 people took part).
The library also reports that the project is planned to be scales to the cities of Belarus, as well as to register the copyright to the trademark of the project in 2021.
The service will operate in the library during 2020-2022.