On October 8 – 9, The National Library of Lithuania, The Swedish Institute and Embassy of Sweden in Lithuania arranged a conference on children’s and young Adult Reading as challenge in the 21th century with emphasis on the importance of libraries. The conference was arranged in connection with a state visit to Vilnius by K H.M king Carl XVI Gustaf and H.M. Queen Silvia if Sweden. Queen Silva opened the conference by quoting Astrid Lindgren – Good Literature gives the child a place in the world and the world a place in the child and spoke on the importance of books for children – and for democracy in society.
The writer and Sweden’s first reading ambassador Johan Unenge took part in a panel discussion titled Who forms the process of Children’s Literature with his Lithuanian colleagues Gintaré Adomaityté, Birute Marcinkeviciute and Renata Serelyté and the IBBY representatives Dr Kestutis Urba (Lithuania), Silvija Tretjakova ( Latvia) and Erik Titusson (Sweden) discussed mutual issues with Eglé Baliutaviciute, librarian and one of the organisers.
Rita Elijosaityte, director of the organization Time to Read focused in her speech on the importance of involving parents in reading promotion and Aida Dobkeviciuté, Executive director of The Lithuanian Publishers Association gave a thorough presentation of the publishing business in Lithuania. Approx. 300 librarians, teachers and reading promoters attending the event, which gave food for thoughts to everyone.