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.

Media Kids Animation Space

Central Kharkiv Library named after I. S. Turgenev opened an animation platform “Media Kids”, which will help to acquaint children with different media formats and basics of animation.

As a part of Media Kids service the library is going to organize a creative studio, as well as an art space, where various events will be held, including mini-lectures, master classes, creative classes in various needlework techniques and much more.

“Since childhood, I loved to watch cartoons. I was interested in how they are created. This inspired me to design a new innovative service in the library. During the creation of a cartoon, children will be able to develop their creative potential, try themselves in the role of a director, learn to create their own animated videos, as well as LEGO-animation”, says the initiator of the service Nadiya Kopanishyna.

According to her, the animation platform should satisfy the need for creative development and meaningful leisure of young residents of the city, as well as their families.

In addition to the listed formats, users will be able to book an individual class, which can be held both at the art space and remotely.

“In order to find out the audience’s requests, we conducted a series of interviews with library users. We did not test the prototype, but immediately started to implement an innovative service, which has already involved children aged 8-12”, explains Nadiya.

The animation platform “Media Kids” is not a test service, but a project that is up and running in the Central Kharkiv Library named after I. S. Turgenev from August 6, 2020.

Project results

Nadiya Kopanishina says, “The project partner was the children’s studio SOVAanima and its head, animator Vadym Boldurat. We have already held 27 meetings with children aged 6-8 in the Central Library named after I. S. Turgenev at the animation space “Media Kids”.  This time they acquired many new skills and became a friendly team.

The process of creating your own playdough cartoons allows children to try themselves in different roles. They are happy to create their own characters and scenery, invent cartoon scripts, learn how to use animation technologies and various photography techniques, special programs for video processing.

Even now children have some success and the first playdough video attempts in the technique of translated animation. Young animators are working on a series of cartoons about the adventures of their characters in the library, which will encourage reading and the library itself. In the classroom you can learn to edit an interesting video from a walk, edit photos, learn how to add music to your own videos and use special programs for video editing.

At this moment we created 2 groups with different age categories: 1 group – children 6-7 years old, 2 group – 7-12 years old.

We are not going to earn money from the service, as it is designed for users whose social status does not allow for unnecessary expenses for children’s creativity.

Since the introduction of the service, the number of users who come to the library has increased, and the team of librarians has learned a lot about animation, various photography techniques and special programs for video editing.

With the help of design thinking, we began to look at our users in a different way. The team of creative librarians of the Central Library named after I. S. Turgenev studied the hobbies of its users and implemented them in the library”.

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