Marja-Leena Rathje
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The Dome Hall, National Library of Finland

As I've mentioned before, I love reading Virtual Finland for all kinds of interesting facts about my birth country. I knew that Finns have long led the world in reading and literacy. Here are some great articles to reveal their collective respect for literacy with their wonderful libraries, including an advanced library network called Library 10, "a state-of-the-art library in the centre of Helsinki that acts as a living room and cultural and information centre open to all. This groundbreaking library opened in April 2005 and soon it was being lauded as an information centre the likes of which could not have been dreamed of by yesterday's champions of popular education. Library 10 offers everyone a route to the information superhighway and the world of experiences, and library users can also create their own material." Read on...

Then there is the architectural gem The National Library, also in Helsinki, which we must try to visit our next time there. It "exists to preserve printed treasures, ancient and modern. Its position, where east and west meet, make it unique. In its corridors and halls, old and new western and Finnish classics meet a comprehensive collection of 19th century Russian printed matter, including an exceptional assortment of works written in the eight minority languages of the empire." Read about the many interesting historical collections preserved and displayed at this library.

Living out here on the very young west coast of Canada, I'm fascinated by the ancient history in Europe and other countries. Visitors from there, on the other hand, are enthralled with the young and modern here. I do like both, but here we must try to save more of the old for posterity, hmm? Certainly our libraries are not preserving history, yet.

Marja-Leena | 26/11/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Books, Culture, Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, History


Hi! I was just fascinated by your article of Library 10! Uutta minulle! Kaivattuani Suomea 25 vuotta päätin jättää sen vähemmälle ja alkaa yrittää amerikkalaista. Vaan ei minusta amerikkalaista tule. Oli hienoa saada sinulta linkki Kirjasto Kymmeneen. Olet vieraillut blogillani "Sananlaskija". En ole korkeasti kulturelli, ja blogini on aika vähän luettu, mutta haluaisin panna luvallasi jonkin kuvistasi sivulleni joulun alla, jolloin mielet herkistyvät kauneudelle. Linkkisi on jo sivullani. Olisiko sinulla jokin työ, jonka tahtoisit "antaa Suomelle"? Yst. terveisin Tuovi

Hi Tuovi! I'm glad you enjoyed the library link! Niin, kun on suomessa syntynyt ja kasvanut, aina on suomalainen. Vaikka minä tulin Kanadaan lapsena, olen aina ollut kinnostunut suomalaiseen minään ja kulttuuriin, ja se tunne on vain voimistunut ajan mittaan. Kieli vain on vähän heikko mutta olen huomannut että se on jo helpompaa kun olen lukenut ja kommentoinut moneen suomalaiseen blogiin viime kuukausina.

Kiitos kovasti siitä kun tykkäät minun töistäni, ja kyllä saat panna blogiisi kuvan tai kuvia. Valitse itse mistä tykkäät eniten!