Half of the children and young people aged 10–15 who do not like reading consider it to be a boring activity and choose other ways to spend their free time. The most popular activity is computer games, which are loved by the vast majority of pupils of this age. Such results were revealed by the study “Identification of reading skills and social relations issues of students of 5-8 grade” conducted in Kaunas, Klaipėda and Panevėžys counties.
Books and a virtual game will go hand in hand
During the implementation of the project “Innovative reading promotion solutions for Lithuanian libraries for the development of social relations of children and youth with the environment” considerable work was undertaken to identify the issue of reading skills and social relations of children and young people living in cities, towns or rural areas of Kaunas, Klaipėda and Panevėžys region municipalities.
The study, which is an introductory part of the whole project, was carried out by the public libraries of the above mentioned city counties in cooperation with the participating municipal and school libraries.
The data obtained reveal that reading is an obligation for some children and young people. With the help of attractive tools, the project activities will allow to promote reading not only as a significant educational activity, but also as a pleasant way to spend free time and solve social issues.
During the implementation of the project a high-quality virtual game will be created, which will be accompanied by selected literature, available on special themed shelves in libraries or other locations. The game is expected to become both a fun activity and a tool to discover the joy of reading.
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The project “Innovative reading promotion solutions for Lithuanian libraries for the development of social relations of children and youth with the environment” is funded by the European Economic Area and Norwegian Financial Mechanism Measure “Developing access to culture and strengthening cultural education” 2014–2021.
Executor of the project: Panevėžys County Gabrielė Petkevičaitė-Bitė Public Library
Project partners: Kaunas County Public Library, Klaipėda County Ieva Simonaitytė Public Library, creative studio BLACK BOOK (Norway).
More information on EEA and Norwegian financial mechanisms: www.eeagrants.lt
For more information on the study, please contact:
Regional Libraries Strategic Development Division methodologist
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