“Fran Galović” Koprivnica Public Library wins London Book Fair Library of the Year Award 2022

Objavljeno 28.3.2022.

On 25 March 2022, “Fran Galović” Koprivnica Public Library, from Croatia, received the most prestigious of The London Book Fair International Excellence Awards, the 2022 Library of the Year Award.

The Fair’s judging panel selected this Croatian public library as the Award’s rightful holder based on valuable and high-quality programmes and activities that the library develops and organises for different user groups and thus makes relevant contribution to the social and cultural life of the community in which it operates. The programmes that earned the library this distinguished award in particular were aimed at supporting early years teachers during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic (BookTalk za odgajatelje) and using digital technologies to promote local cultural heritage among pre-school and primary-school children (Mitska bića – digitalna priča)

“We felt that the Croatian submission reflected the work that has been done by librarians everywhere – not just to put information online but to build the digital literacy and skills that users, particularly children and young people, need to stay engaged and keep learning online,” read the judging panel’s statement.

Shortlisted for the award were also the Johannesburg Public Library in South Africa and the House of Wisdom library and cultural centre from Sharjah at the United Arab Emirates.

The National and University Library in Zagreb warmly congratulates the colleagues from the “Fran Galović” Koprivnica Public Library on this acknowledgement and success, as a confirmation of the value of their years-long professional, creative and innovative efforts significantly contributing to the development of the community in which the library operates as well as to the advancement of public librarianship in Croatia.

The logotypes of The London Book Fair International Excellence Library of the Year Award 2022 and “Fran Galović” Koprivnica Public Library, an image of books piled up and the colourful logotype of the “Mitska bića – digitalna priča” app.