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Meeting “The Library and Its Partners in Support of the Local Community” in Gabrovo

On 17 September 2013, Hristo Tsokev Art Gallery in Gabrovo hosted a work meeting on the topic “The Library and Its Partners in Support of the Local Community”. Aprilov-Palauzov District Library, a beneficiary under the Glob@l Libraries – Bulgaria Program, organized and implemented this meeting for exchange of good practices and achievements under partner projects. Meeting participants included representatives of local authorities, cultural institutions, target libraries and chitalishte from the district, local business, NGOs. Nela Rachevits, Deputy Mayor of Gabrovo Municipality, delivered a welcome address on behalf of Tanya Hristova, Mayor of Gabrovo Municipality. Representatives of institutions and organizations who took part in the work of the meeting included: Nikolay Sirakov, Chair of the Municipal Council, Stefan Ganev, Head of the Culture and Tourism Department of Gabrovo Municipality, Georgi Marinov, Head of the Regional Inspectorate of Education in Gabrovo, Georgi Tsvetkov, Director of the Territorial Statistical Office in Gabrovo, Tatyana Tsankova, Director of the House of Humor and Satire in Gabrovo, Angel Goev, Director of Etar Architectural Ethnographic Complex in Gabrovo, Nina Muskurova from the Public Donor Fund, Evgeni Nedev, Director of Hristo Tsokev Art Gallery, Stefka Vasileva, Head of the State Archives Department in Gabrovo, Elena Nazarova, Secretary of Aprilov-Palauzov 1861 Public Chitalishte in Gabrovo, etc. The meeting was opened by Savina Tsoneva, GLB District Coordinator and Director of the district library in Gabrovo. Marinela Sabeva, Manager of the District Info Point in Gabrovo, illustrated the particularly successful partner relations within the district with the presentation “The District Info Point: a Partner of Public Libraries”. The presentation focused on partners’ common goal: to improve and enlarge the information environment within the community in order to provide diverse development opportunities. Representatives of GLB target libraries delivered presentations on the multifaceted puzzle of partnerships in various areas: Anelia Mutafchieva – “The Power of Partnerhip”; Pavlina Veleva – “The Children’s Department of Aprilov-Palauzov District Library and Its Partners”; Daniela Eneva – “The Library and the School: Together We Can Do More”; Dobrina Dencheva and Natasha Radeva – “The Library in Gostilitsa and Its Partners”; Hristina Hristova – “The Chitalishte Library in Sennik: Partnerships in Action”; Ana Boyanova – “The Library in Zhaltesh in Partnership with the Community”; Violeta Geneva – “The Library in Dryanovo and Its Partnerships”. The emotional presentation by Elena Hristova from Gabrovo Municipality on the project “Take Me to Your Village” – an example of successful partnership between Prosveta 1931 Public Chitalishte in the village of Novakovtski and Gabrovo Municipality – attracted participants’ strong interest. During the four workshops, participants formulated ideas for future projects for partner initiatives with local authorities, cultural institutions, NGOs and media. Ana Boyanova made a very timely proposal for organizing a charity partner concert of amateur ensembles from the district to support the family of Ruska Nikolova, a staff member of the district library in Gabrovo whose home was burnt down in a fire on 15 September 2013. The atmosphere of the meeting was very dynamic. It was successful in showing that “unity makes strength” and the real value and sustainability for the future are achieved by partner projects. The library extended its gratitude to its friends and partners.