My name is Laszlo Kiss, I’m a school librarian in the Liceul Teoretic Mikes Kelemen, Sfantu Gheorghe / Romania, president of the Romanian Librarians Association – Covasna County Section, vice-president of the Romanian Hungarian Librarians Association.
Today bikes still mean freedom for millions of people, young and old – as do libraries.
I love biking and I believe that by cycling more than 3000 km I can raise the interest of the press, the public and the politicians for the important role school libraries and public libraries play in society. With my campaign I would like to influence the Romanian Government’s way of thinking on libraries and raise the Romanian representatives’ interest on the reestablishment of I.C. Petrescu National Library of Education (closed last year), which had a key role on education and forming of the teachers, schoolmasters and school librarians.
During my route, in each country I shall visit school libraries/public libraries and met with local colleagues. I hope that we can advocate together for the reading, which offers the real freedom for mankind, and to show that this knowledge offers us alternatives for peace.
It will be a long trip with many dangers, but I want to change the general idea about us, about librarians. We are not ordinary people, because school libraries represent the possibility to learn and think in many ways!
I shall promote, in the countries that I cycle through, the 44nd Annual Conference of the International Association of School Librarianship, held in Maastricht.
- to show that reading is the most important thing for the youth
- to advocate for the importance of school libraries / public libraries
- to advocate for the reestablishment of I.C. Petrescu National Library of Education
- to visit local libraries and meet with local colleagues
- to attend IASL Conference in Maastricht
- to show that librarians are not ordinary people
- to show that the books give us the real freedom
- to show that the knowledge offers us alternatives for peace
-meet with local library community and talk together in the presence of the media about the importance of reading
-in each important town put flowers with my colleagues on the statue or tombstone of a famous local writer
-sign a petition together with the IASL board members about the reestablishment of I.C. Petrescu National Library of Education
-local librarians will sign and stamp in my Librarian Passport which will be attached to the petition
-do a diary on the Facebook
-organize a book chain: at each library where I stop exchange a book and take it to the other stop. By this we create a strong tie between readers, librarians, libraries
-on some parts of the trip bikers will accompany me as a solidarity for the cause
-during the trip wear a T-shirt with the IASL logo
c) Route and dates:
I will cross 7 countries and do more than 3000 km in just 22 days!
Romania-Bulgaria-Hungary-Slovakia-Austria-Germany-Netherlands will be the hosts of my trip.
TRAIN TO CONSTANTA1Sunday, June 07, 2015
Constanţa-Silistra-Călărasi1302Monday, June 08, 2015
Călăraşi-Olteniţa-Bucuresti1343Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Bucuresti-Tărtăşeşti-Piteşti1144Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Piteşti-Braşov-Sfântu Ghe.1735Thursday, June 11, 2015
Sfântu Gheorghe-Sibiu 1666Friday, June 12, 2015
Sibiu-Deva 1167Saturday, June 13, 2015
Deva-Timisoara 1568Sunday, June 14, 2015
Timisoara-Csongrád 1529Monday, June 15, 2015
Csongrád-Budapest 14210Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Budapest-Győr 13311Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Győr-Bratislava-Vienna 12512Thursday, June 18, 2015
Vienna-Linz 19513Friday, June 19, 2015
Linz-Passau 8014Saturday, June 20, 2015
Passau-Regensburg 12015Sunday, June 21, 2015
Regensburg-Nuremberg 11116Monday, June 22, 2015
Nuremberg-Würzburg 10217Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Würzburg-Wetzlar 18618Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Wetzlar-Bonn 16919Thursday, June 25, 2015
Bonn-Maastricht 13620Friday, June 26, 2015
Maastricht-The Hague 21721Saturday, June 27, 2015
The Hague-Maastr.&CONFERENCE 0 km22Sunday, June 28, 2015
CONFERENCE 23Monday, June 29, 2015
CONFERENCE 24Tuesday, June 30, 2015
CONFERENCE 25Wednesday, July 01, 2015
CONFERENCE 26Thursday, July 02, 2015 TRAIN-HOME 27Friday, July 03, 2015
TRAIN -HOME 28Saturday, July 04, 2015
IT WOULD BE GREAT! If we shall meet in Bratislava, Vienna, Linz, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Würzburg, Frankfurt, Bonn, Maastricht, Amsterdam and talk in the presence of the media about the importance of reading If we put flowers with my colleagues on the statue or tombstone of a famous local writer If we can organize the book chain: to receive a book from a library and then send an other to the next library with your wishes written inside the book If you can sign and stamp in my librarian passport which will be attached to the petition If we can do a photo together If you can accompany me on a part of the route If we simply meet each other and just be happy together You can choose any or all of the options! You can suggest other advocacy activities too! The message is important, not my person. I represent only an opportunity for library advocacy!