Work on the project funded by a grant from the Minnesota Returned Peace Corps Volunteers organization (MNRPVC) is underway. The MNRPCV grant will allow the library to bind its collections of newspapers into permanent folders in order to preserve them and make them more accessible to library users. The library was particularly concerned about the deterioration of the Lenin Banner, the only Crimean Tatar language newspaper published when the Crimean Tatars were in exile in Uzbekistan. The library has one of the few existing complete collections of the newspaper. See the May 11th post for more information.
|Alime from the Acquisitions Dept. shows the cards printed on the new printer.|
The Acquisitions Department purchased a small printer, allowing them to print the necessary annotation and labeling. The next step was to sort the newspapers into volumes for binding. Many of the library staff gathered on the front veranda and began the work of getting the newspapers out of storage and arranging them by date and volume. Eventually the stacks of newspapers will be taken to a bindery area where they will be hand bound into volumes.
|Lenur starts pulling out the stacks of old newspapers.|
|Sorting through the newspapers on the library's veranda.|
|Gulnara Yagyaeva, Director of the library.|
Off to America!In just a couple of days, I am off to America for six weeks, visiting my friends and family. I also will be holding a garage sale while I am there to raise funds for the library’s “Kindness Campaign” (March 16th blog post). If any of you happen to live in the Twin Cities, Minnesota area, please stop by. Here’s the info:
Saturday, July 14th
10am – 5pm
3910 16th Ave. S. Minneapolis
I will try to post some pictures.