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Are we the first?

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Espoo City is going to open a new library in Otaniemi, Espoo. Something new is coming and we are wondering are we the first to make it like this? Espoo Story Story begins with Espoo Story – in our story City develops services from the viewpoint of needs of its…

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Our shining prizes tell our story only partly

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Espoo City Library is the proud receiver of International Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2019. We have created welcoming spaces and innovative service. This is true and I am very proud of our personnel!   So what is the rest of the story? Excellent results, our patrons love us and…

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Joint custody and our library? Yes, we can help!

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In Finland approximately 30,000 children annually experience the divorce of their parents. The separation can upset the child’s sense of security. The best way to cope with the situation is to maintain a good relationship with both parents at the time and after. That means joint custody and a safe…

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Library Makerspace a.k.a Paja in Action

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We call them Paja but Finns are clever with English language, so calling them a Makerspace is quite alright! The first one was put up in 2013 for Tapiola Library. Actually, it was a table with very simple 3D- printers. First one and then several more of Mini Factory printers. By…

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Library material acquisitions in 2019

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  Children and youth services have been a strategic focus area in our library for a long time. In library’s new strategy literacy emphasis continues this focus. We have invested heavily in material acquisition for children and youth recent years. The floating library materials, launched in 2016, definitely brought the…

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Children and youth services in Espoo City Library

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written by Anna Pöyhönen   Children and youth library services in Espoo revolve around the love of stories. Reading is a big part of this and book borrowing is on the rise, however, the services include much more. For the youngest library patrons, we organize story times in various languages,…

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E- and Audio-books were a success in 2018

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Last year was a success for e-materials in our Helmet-libraries. In 2018 people borrowed e-books 26 % more than the year before. This was made possible mainly because of the increasing acquisition in 2018. Helmet-libraries has now over 14000 e-books for you to borrow and customer addition was 25 %.…

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Language cafe – We talk to each other Finnish here

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A few minutes to 5 p.m. on Monday and Thursday afternoons at Sello Library it’s time to start our language cafe for adults. There is a real happy bustle and babble in the library living room near the main lounge. Puhumme suomea- kielikahvila = We speak Finnish- language cafe is…

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No fancy buildings, but making people’s life better

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Espoo City Library is a really, really good library. In some things, anyway! And we have a popular Youtube -contribution to prove it. Our strategy has a new motto: For Compassion. We think that Earth needs more compassion, sustainability and learning. And we want all of us earthlings to do…

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