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Cycling for Libraries – Baltic Star

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Belarus, Russia, Lithuania and Latvia


Welcome to the cycling tour for librarians and library lovers “Cycling for libraries – Baltic Star” on June 14-20, 2014!

With this local event we are supporting and working together with the "Cycling for libraries international" ( and its objective of getting libraries more recognition and attention in their work to support intellectual equality in society.


On the 14th of June four groups of librarians and library lovers will start from four cities – Minsk (Belarus), Kaliningrad (Russia), Plunge (Lithuania) and Preili (Latvia) – and will head out to Kaunas (Lithuania) where all groups will meet on June 19th and hold two-days unconference.

On the way we will visit local libraries, meet with local colleagues and authorities, do workshops, debate, cooperate, laugh and of course cycle.

At the unconference in Kaunas all groups can present their photo and video reports about their five-days trips, specify and discuss the major library issues and problems that have been identified by them as the most important for the countries of their cycling tours.


  • number of participants of each group – 20
  • number of km for each group – approx 300 km
  • number of cycling days – 5
  • number of unconference days in Kaunas – 2
  • cost of the registration fee is 100 EUR - the bill will be sent to you personally after you have been registered
  • registration – is open from April 1 to May 14
  • topics – each group will have its special main topic of the tour

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You are welcome to choose the route you like better!

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The main themes of the routes are:

  • “Library collections development in digital age” (Minsk-Kaunas)
  • “Modern library as a multifunctional space” (Kaliningrad-Kaunas)
  • “Library today myth vs reality” (Plunge-Kaunas)
  • “Children – library users now and in future” (Preili-Kaunas)

The routes:

  • Minsk-Zaslauje-Maladziecna-Smarhon-Asmiany-Vilnius-Trakai-Prienai-Birstonas-Garliava-Kaunas (approx 350 km)
  • Kaliningrad-Gvardeysk-Chernyakhovsk-Gusev-Kybartai-Vilkaviskis-Marijampole-Garliava-Kaunas (approx 300 km)
  • Plunge-Varniai-Kelme-Raseiniai-Ariogala-Kedainiai-Domeikava -Kaunas (approx 300 km)
  • Preili-Daugavpils-Zarasai-Utena-Ukmerge-Jonava-Kaunas (approx 300 km)

Local coordinators:

  • Belarus – Nastassia Zharskaya (
  • Russia – Tanya Tupota (
  • Lithuania – Alma Maseviciene (
  • Latvia – Antra Vasilevska (, Ilze Marga (