Audio Readings in the Morning
During the meetings, together with the children, we read critically acclaimed books with pictures, analyse illustrations and talk about the book. The books are selected according to the specifics of the reader group, age, time of the year and other relevant factors. It is a wonder how engaged and interested the children, who follow the pages of the book on a huge screen, are during the audio readings in the morning. They actively listen, share their insights and observations. The expressive voice of the reader, smooth rendering of the text and correct pronunciation remains in the children memory, shapes language skills and is especially useful for children with reading difficulties. For those who wish, after the book reading, we prepare creative workshops.
Wordless Book Readings
During the session, we present the National Library collection of wordless books, tell a story about them, their history and possible methods of reading them. The library has accumulated a rich collection of wordless books: thick and thin, small and large, abstract, minimalistic and detailed, coloured and non-coloured, for infants and adults. At the end of the lesson, we confirm the paradox that it is easiest for people who read a lot of books with words to read wordless books.
Becoming a Book
During the session, the children are familiarised with the process of creating a book, their knowledge about the variety of book forms is broadened and creative skills are honed. During the workshops, the children make an original interactive book from paper, the content of which they create themselves, and, later on, they can creatively transform it.
Path of a Book
During this session, the pupils are familiarised with the variety of writing, the history of a book, its composition, process of publication and path towards the library funds. The significance of the first Lithuanian book is also discussed. The registration and handling of books in the library process is introduced to the pupils. It is intended for the participants to value the books as an object of art, next to which a large group of authors is working.
After dividing into teams or individually, the pupils compete with their knowledge about Lithuanian and foreign authors books, the Book of the Year elections, the capital of Lithuania – Vilnius, Lithuanian folklore, mythology, ethnography, and even Harry Potter! They also solve logical literature tasks.
Personal Books Workshops
The children find out how to easily paper-fold a book, apply a cover and decorate it however they choose. Participants may take the book home and use it for notes, drawings or to write-down their impressions, ideas and short stories.
Book Plate Workshops
In the creative workshops, the pupils are intended to be familiarised with the book plate, the main graphical technologies and their practical use. In the event, first of all, they hear about the history of the book plate, its styles and directions of development; the main graphical themes are introduced. Later on, the pupils, by using one of the graphical performance technologies – linocarving, create their own personal book plate, which they can take with themselves.
Paper Travel Through World Cultures
These sessions are for pre-schoolers and primary schoolers. During them, simple handicrafts from secondary raw materials are made. Cultures of different countries, handicrafts representing them and the associated symbolic are presented to the children.
Bookbinder and Initial Letter Workshops
Through the use of the artistic objects of the typography of a book, the pupils are familiarised with a book as a work of art, the preparation of which requires knowledge, work, skills, technologies and creativeness. The pupils learn to value a book as an object of art, not only as a physical item, wherein one can read something. Through the use of various technologies, the creativeness of pupils is nurtured – after familiarising themselves with the initial letters and bookbinding, they create books, by using their imagination, previously acquired knowledge and by looking at the best examples.
Dynamics of Electro Mechanisms
When creating simple objects in creative workshops, the children familiarise themselves with the principles of mechanics, aerodynamics, electronics and various laws of physics. Together we find out how electricity works, why objects move and how to create something that lights up, flies or makes sounds. These educations can remind one of the STEAM model (integrated learning). This is a simple method helping the children to practically apply knowledge acquired during the lessons.
During the session, the youngsters are familiarised with open-source software meant for creating. Such programs like “Inkspace” and “Blender” are a splendid alternative to paid design, 3D modelling and sound processing programs. In order to use 3D printer, laser cutter, graphic terminal and other equipment located inside the workshops, knowledge and control of such programs is essential, which is why the pupils are prepared for independent work when implementing their own projects.