The Library of the Year award went to the institutions from Statenice near Prague and the Mahen Library
Updates: 10/14/2021 1:09 PM
Released: 10/14/2021, 13:00
Prague – Today, the Municipal Library in Statenice, Central Bohemia, became the library of 2021. The Jiří Mahena Library in Brno won the information act category for its extraordinary contribution to the development of library and information services. The awards were presented today by the Minister of Culture Lubomír Zaorálek (ČSSD) in the Mirror Chapel of Klementinum, the seat of the National Library.
The award in the basic library category is determined primarily by libraries in small municipalities where volunteer librarians work, as an expression of public recognition of this work. The prize in the category of significant deeds in the field of providing public library and information services will be received by the library operator or its employee. In both categories, the prize is associated with a reward of 70,000 crowns.
The Statenická municipal library is housed in a newly reconstructed house, the extension of which enables the extension of traditional library services by various community-type activities. According to the jury, during the last five years, the library has become a living room of a village, in the activities of which volunteers participate together with librarians and who influence cultural, social, but also political events in the village. The library cooperates with libraries from the surrounding villages and the local kindergarten, organizes a film club, creative workshops, author readings and discussions, for example with the mayor of events in the village. The library skillfully uses the possibilities of multi-source financing for its activities, the number of readers and visitors to the library is growing, and this year it has expanded its opening hours for the public.
In the category of the basic library, in which Statenice won, the Local Library in Číměř from the Vysočina Region and the Slivenec Public Library in Prague received special awards.
The Jiří Mahena Library in Brno won in the category of information work with the Library at Křižovatka project and for its extraordinary contribution to the development of library and information services. According to the jury, the model of cooperation between the public library, the university and the founder is an example of successful practice and inspiration for other libraries, as well as a successful model of disseminating the experience and practice of librarians. The project of the National Library of the Czech Republic Access to Digital Libraries during the covid-19 pandemic won a special award in this category.