Solidarity with Ukraine: Europe Days 2022 in the National Library of Moldova
“Europe Day commemorates the signing of the ‘Schuman Declaration’ on 9 May 1950. An ambitious plan to secure long-term peace in post-war Europe that is considered the beginning of what is now the European Union. The importance of working for peace in Europe is all the more evident, as we highlight our unity and solidarity with Ukraine.” (https://europeday.europa.eu/index_en)
In 2022, the Days of Europe at the National Library of the Republic of Moldova (NLRM) (https://tinyurl.com/2p95mp4c) were celebrated by the organization of exhibitions and interactive activities for the general public, and especially for the refugees from Ukraine.
The exhibition entitled “Solidarity with Ukraine”, organized by the Pro-European Center for Services and Communication (CPESC) of the NLRM takes place from May 8 to August 8, 2022. The exhibition addresses the topic of solidarity of the European Union and the Council of Europe in the context of the war in Ukraine, EU assistance to Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova, the latter being fully involved in the support and reception of refugees, and the evolution of the European integration process of Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova. The information, resources and documents can be consulted by scanning QR codes and are structured in three sections: “Unity and solidarity: the European approach to the crisis in Ukraine”, “European reflections on the EU’s response to Russian military aggression in Ukraine”, and “Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova: together for a peaceful, democratic and prosperous European future”.
During the month of May 2022, within the Europe Days, it was possible to visit a variety of exhibitions, such as:
In the same time, the National Library of the Republic of Moldova organized a series of events to celebrate the Europe Days – 2022. More than 100 children and several adults benefited from guided tours through different subdivisions of NLRM and participated in a series of interactive activities. The suite of events included:
The children and their parents learned about the variety of book formats, the history of the appearance of the miniature books and explore the exibition of smallest books of the Republic of Moldova.
The visitors learned about the ancient book forms, saw old manuscripts, printed and rare books from the 15th-21st centurie; learned about some secrets of making watermark paper and other technologies that make the tour interesting. The excursions expanded the knowledge about the national and world culture of the book and also contributed to the development of interest and respectful attitude toward the book.
The Tour of the National Library of Republic of Moldova
The participants learned about the ancient writing materials that our ancestors used in the 15th-20th centuries, saw the feather cleaners, sandboxes, inkwell, etc.; accessories of famous people and objects related to the history of writing.
During the interactive lessons organized for Ukranian refugees and students from Chisinau, the participants learned about the European sources of information and conducted various searches on European portals.
Participants “interacted” with offline and online exhibits, looking for answers to questions of mini-quizzes in books and e-publications with QR codes.
The students rediscovered Europe through active involvement in online games, finally demonstrating good knowledge and good results.
Due to the media literacy session, the students found out what media education is, what the terms of misinformation and online security mean.
Overall, “The Europe Days 2022 at the NLRM” initiative was attended by more than 100 people (students, teachers, parents), including a group of the Ukraniam refugees. One of Ucranian refugee who had been working as a librarian in Odessa, has got hired by the National Library of Moldova after particating at the events.
The initiative of the National Library of Republic of Moldova has raised a big interest and enthusiasm among the visitors, and it was appreciated as useful and informative-educational. The National Library of Moldova continues to keep in touch with the Ukrainian refugee community and it is ready to organize other activities for them throughout the year, depending on their free time, with some arrangements in advance and within the possibilities of the Library.
The refugees are welcomed at any time at the National Library of Moldova, both in the reading rooms and in the interactive space for families and mothers with children from Ukraine.
For More Information
Europe Days 2022 at NLRM https://tinyurl.com/2p95mp4c
Info/ Photos from Europe Days events 26 May, 2022
Exhibition „Republic of Moldova and Ukraine: 30 years of diplomatic relations”
Exhibition „Solidarity with Ukraine” (Pro-European Center of Services and Communication)
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