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Inclusion and the idea of ​​multiculturalism in the programs of the City Library of Virovitica

Mirjana Kotromanović ; Gradska knjižnica i čitaonica u Virovitici
Nela Krznarić ; Gradska knjižnica i čitaonica u Virovitici
Ivana Molnar ; Gradska knjižnica i čitaonica u Virovitici

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The aim of this paper is to show how the City Library of Virovitica implements programs of inclusion and ideas of multiculturalism among users of the Playroom, the Children’s Department and the Adult Department. At the same time, the paper defines the concepts of inclusion and multiculturalism for the purpose of popularizing and raising awareness and motivating other participants in the social process to solve this problem. The first part deals with public libraries as promoters of inclusive and multicultural programs in their communities. The next section of the paper explains the Playroom and its inclusive programs, and then the inclusive programs that imitate the idea of ​​multiculturalism in the Children’s Department. The last part of the paper deals with the inclusive programs of the Adult Department with a focus on strengthening and promoting them over the last few years. The final part reflects on the need to strengthen these types of programs in public libraries in order to create a better society in general. Programs promoting the inclusion and idea of ​​multiculturalism at the City Library of Virovitica have resulted in an increase in the number of users of marginalized populations, which has been the ultimate goal. The programs described, as well as the good practice examples presented in the article, will give easier access to this issue to other libraries or other members of society who have not yet dealt with similar or similar topics. The results indicate the need to introduce more such content.


City Library of Virovitica, inclusive library programs, multicultural library programs, public libraries, social exclusion

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