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.

Library quARTer. Creative studio “From hobby to skill”

The creative studio “From hobby to skill” has started its operation in the Library-branch for children #15 in Zaporizhia, which will help children to master new and interesting skills related to their hobbies.

“Visitors of the library are residents of the city. A significant part of them are preschool, school children and their parents. These days, parents turn to the library asking how to distract children from gadgets, encourage them to gather together in order to take up  something creative, engage them in meaningful leisure more and more often”, says librarian Nellie Kramarenko.

Communicating with younger visitors, the library team found out they are interested in relaxing with their parents, visiting interesting places, spending spare time creatively and learning something new. Based on visitors’ answers, we came up with the idea to organize a creative studio.

“To test the idea librarians created the prototype of the service in the square (playground near the library) and offered the residents of the district to use it. In the meanwhile, they conducted surveys among visitors, recorded a demo master class and posted it on the website and Facebook page. The video was viewed by almost a hundred users in a week”, said the librarian.

The organizers plan to hold events of various formats as a part of creative studio. These events include master classes, mini-lectures, creative classes in needlework etc.

Users can also book an individual class, which can be held both offline, in the open space of the creative space, and online,

The service started its work in August 2020 and will be operating until the end of 2021. Classes are held once a week.

Project results

Nellie Kramarenko says:

“We offer a master class on Petrykivka painting in our creative studio. Here you can listen to a mini-lecture on the history of Petrykivka, learn about the symbolism of ornament and acquire the first skills of creating products in this technique. Petrykivka painting is not only bright, sunny, beautiful, but also very fashionable. Today, ethnic patterns are extremely popular when it comes to household decorations and clothes. So people who come to visit the master class want to be trendy.

There is a really creative community in the library – readers united by common interests: Petrykivka painting, beadwork, embroidery, etc. The creative space inspires users to communicate, spend time together in the library, as well as to improve their skills at home.

The service helped to create new opportunities for creative development, realization, consolidation and communication of Zaporizhia families around our library. Quarantine conditions make adjustments to the work of the studio, but there are also new users who are interested in our activities. At the same time, visitors are happy to share experiences and often bring their work to show them to others.

The technique of design thinking helps think outside the box and come up with new ideas for library services. It is only through active communication and surveys among library we realized what people really need.

During the development of the project, our team gained a lot of useful experience in organizing creative classes and workshops, learned to create videos and as to establish communication with visitors.


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