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Kirjastoreitti - Library Route Kirjastoreitti - Library Route

Kirjastoreitti can be translated as Library Route. Kirjastoreitti involves systematic collaboration with schools in the City of Oulu in Northern Finland.

There are 23 public libraries and 80 comprehensive schools in Oulu.  Each school has a designated library it collaborates with.

Inspiring children to read and search for information

The main objective of Kirjastoreitti is that children visit the library at least four times during their school years. In Kirjastoreitti we inspire children to read. The aim is also that children achieve information-gathering skills and are able to improve and maintain those skills.

Kirjastoreitti has its own website www.kirjastoreitti.fi

Pre-school in Kirjastoreitti

  • "Lukuhöperö" -readingpass ("Mad about reading -pass"). The main goal is to inspire parents to read to and with their children.

Primary school

  • first grade: pupils visit their branch library and get a library card
  • third grade: a book talk -session in the library
  • fifth grade: we teach pupils to seek information
  • there are also exhibitions and presentations aimed at and produced by children in the libraries

Secondary school

  • seventh grade: teachers can choose if they want us to teach information seeking or arrange a book talk -session for their pupils
  • there are also exhibitions and presentations aimed at and produced by children in the libraries
  • some children work in libraries from 1 to 5 days (job shadowing)

High school

In the first year of high school students come to visit the library. We give them a tour of the library premises and tell them about our services and how the library can help them with their studies.

After the tour we search for information in the library's database and students complete tasks with their mobile phones or tablets.