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An Awards Ceremony for Latvia’s Best Librarians

April 23, 2017

Today, on 24 April at 14.00, the winners of the competition “Parish Librarian - Bearer of Light” will be announced and honoured in the Castle of Light’s Ziedonis Hall.

The awards are recognition for the efforts, achievements, selfless work and contribution made by librarians for the benefit of their local community. The main awards is being presented by the ABLV Charitable Foundation, giving the “Bearers of Light” the opportunity to travel to Sweden, to visit libraries in Stockholm, and gain new experience, inspiration and ideas.

Four librarians from Kurzeme, Latgale, Vidzeme and Zemgale will be honoured at a formal ceremony marking the culmination of this year’s “Parish Librarian - Bearer of Light” competition organised by The Latvian National Library Foundation (LNLF). The awards will be presented by representatives of the LNLF: Karina Pētersone, Georgs Turlajs, Irīna Pīgozne and Jānis Dripe. The audience at the awards ceremony will be addressed by LR Minister for Culture Dace Melbārde, while the event will be hosted by Ojārs Rubenis, and the musical atmosphere will be generated by Jēkabs Nīmanis, Varis Piņķis and Andis Klučnieks.

This is an anniversary year for the competition in which the title of “Bearer of Light” will be awarded for the 10th time. During the past decade, 47 librarians have been chosen as “Bearers of Light” – outstanding, goal-oriented, creative and active employees of small castles of light, who distinguish themselves through their work, helpfulness towards readers and concern for the place, where they live and work. The competition “Parish Librarian - Bearer of Light” judges the contribution made by librarians and inspires Latvian society. 

In Vidzeme, the “Parish Librarian – Bearer of Light” award will be received by the Head Librarian at Ropaži District Library, Dace Smukša.
In Kurzeme, the title of “Bearer of Light” will go to Mairita Vītola, Head Librarian at the Pāvilosta District Pāvilosta Library.
In Latgale, the award for “Parish Librarian – Bearer of Light” has been won by Anastasija Plačinda from Viļaka District Žīguri Library.
In turn, in Zemgale, the title “Bearer of Light” has been awarded to Ingrīda Grūbe from Koknese Parish Library.

For further information, please contact:
Sanita Kitajeva, sanita@gaisma.lv, 29355624

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