Libraries in Muenster

May 24, 2012 at 7:17 am 2 comments

For the last two days, I’ve had the opportunity to learn about a variety of libraries and library services here in Muenster. The City Library in Muenster is about 18 years old and in a very modern building that doesn’t match the rest of the town. But it is built so that it offers a great view of one of the town’s many churches– The Lamberti Kirche.

I was lucky enough to spend the day in the Children’s Library which is located on the bottom floor of the building. (My guide for the day spent a month in Forest Grove, OR as part of a high school exchange which is where Pacific University is located and where I completed my Bachelor’s Degree–It’s a small world!) The Children’s Library has books for children and teens and they are mixed together with stickers on the book recommending an age level. It is a very comfortable space with several little nooks and crannies for students to gather and read. It was a great day to visit because I had the opportunity to observe a class tour of the library for a group of students age 13-14. They explored the library with a scavenger hunt and also participated in online catalog instruction. I spent some time wondering through the building and had the chance to observe interactions at the Information Desk. Some of the things I learned are that Adults must pay 18 Euros to get a library card (Children are free). There is a 2 Euro charge to put a book on hold, and it costs 1 Euro to check out DVDs. I was surprised there were so many charges because libraries in the US are not allowed to charge for those services. In the afternoon, I took a break in the beautiful outdoor courtyard just off the children’s library. After a long day, it was nice to sit in the sun and relax. But my day wasn’t over!

After I finished at the city library, I had the opportunity to see a completely different example of libraries in Germany. The library at St. Anne Kirche is a small catholic library that is open to the public three or four days a week. Anyone, regardless of their faith, is welcome to borrow books from this library. They have a very nice collection but the best part is the friendly staff who make the library such a welcoming place. While I was visiting, several people dropped by to return books and find something new to read and the staff knew all of them. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing this truly neighborhood library.

On my second vocational day I was able to accompany the Buecherbus (book bus) on their first visit of the day to a school on the outskirts of town. The book bus was very nice with a wide selection of books for Children and Adults. At this particular visit, the section with children’s books and CDs was the most crowded. I learned that many of the series that are popular in the US are also popular here–Harry Potter, Hunger Games (which is called the ‘Tributes from Panem’ in German) and Diary of a Wimpy Kid (‘Greg’s Journal’). Also popular is a series called ‘The Three Question Marks’ that I haven’t heard of before. The best part about being in any library is to see children excited about books and this alone made a trip on the Buecherbus a pleasure!

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. billrobson1  |  May 24, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Wow, I can see by the smile on your face that all is well in the library world for Laura. Have fun.

    Reply
  • 2. Sandra Ney  |  May 25, 2012 at 3:50 am

    Thank you for visiting us! Best wishes from the “Buecherbus-Team”

    Reply

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