Malmö City Library – a mystical and magical place for kids

Written by Karen Myhre, development consultant at Gentofte Libraries. For how to contribute to Library Planet look here: https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/

Malmö  City Library is really worth a visit. It is spacious and modern and has a wonderful atmosphere. When you arrive, you notices how the library consist of an older section and a section that was added much later drawn by the famous Danish architect Henning Larsen. In this article I will give you some insights on the three (yes three separate sections!) departments for children and young adults.

Welcome to Kanini

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Kanini opened in 2016 and its interior and representation of the collection is developed in corporation with children age 5-7. It clearly shows how involvement of the users really does make a huge difference. How wonderful to visit a library where you can see the childrens perspective in every room.

Welcome to the forrest

The collection in “the forest” is quite uniqe – the shelfes is forms as trees and the clasification is developed in corporation with children which means that the traditional classification system is not in use.

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Through the forest you can reach the other areas of the library. The creative space where there are new projects every week to engage in as a family. If you are more adventurous the place to go to is “skuggan” – the shadow. Here you can climb, hang out on your own and indulge in all the marvelous stories.

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Where is the toy?

Coming from Denmark – it is quite a surprice that the childrens department have no toys – you can create your own world in these tableaus or you can embark a literary experience though the books or maybe a “sago stund” – storytelling in sago-rummat

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Have fun in Balagan!

Balagan is located on the first floor in the new part of the library for the age group 9-13. When you enter Balagan you notice that this is a place for kids on their own – you can use the Playstation, you can be creative or you can have a jam-session in the middle of the library.

Books are everywhere and as the librarian mentions – we have a lot more in the basement.

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Create in Krudt

Krudt is the newest department. It aimes toward the age group 14-25. It is a wonderfull space where you can record your own podcast, do writers workshops and debate at the lounge environment.

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What else? Oh yes, Malmö State Library is a certified LGBTQ library and you will find rainbow shelves in all departments of the library.

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