The Center for Reading Literacy Promotion
In 2018, the tasks of the Slovenian central regional libraries (page in Slovenian) have started to change. They have been supplemented in terms of greater specialization in different areas. The Maribor Public Library has taken over the activities in the field of reading literacy promotion and established the Center for Reading Literacy Promotion (further referred to as the Center).
Reading culture is one of the most publicly recognized activities of the public library operation. It is also an activity where the cultural and educational areas meet and where their relationship can be the strongest and the most needed. The Center serves as a bridge between public libraries and educational and other institutions with intention of developing a permanent connection directed toward the public concern of Slovenia’s citizens reading literacy.
The Center supports the librarians of all Slovenian public libraries. It strives to strengthen the competencies of library staff in the fields of reading culture and reading literacy development through various activities, including educational and training events, publishing works, etc. It encourages cooperation between all types of libraries and other stakeholders in the field of reading literacy in Slovenia. It follows the guidelines of the Recommendations and Standards for Public Libraries (2018-2028) (pdf, in Slovenian) and the National Strategy for the Development of Reading Literacy 2019-2030 (doc, in Slovenian).
Two directions are intertwined in the Center operation:
Based on both theoretical and practical foundations, the Center brings innovative approaches for promoting reading literacy among certain groups of population. Currently, the focus is on a group of young athletes (e.g. the projects #športajmoinberimo (“#letsplaysportandread”), Hokejska bralna postava (Hockey Reading Lineup – povezava na angleško stran, ko bo).
The Center participates:
Educational and continuing professional development activities:
• #športajmoinberimo (“#letsplaysportandread”): National Cross-sectoral Program to Promote Reading among Young Athletes
Head of the Center for Reading Literacy Promotion at the Maribor Public Library: Dr. Sabina Fras Popović.