First Romany library in Czech Republic to open in Ostrava

Ostrava, 6. 8. 2005, 15:41 (CTK)

The Ostrava City Library will open a branch focusing on Romany readers, Romani kereka (Romany Circle), the first such facility in the country, next year, Moravskoslezsky denik daily writes today. The library, which will start to be built this year, will also provide space for meetings of Romanies and access to the internet.

The branch will be situated in the Vitkovice district where Romanies form a big part of inhabitants.

"Mainly Romany children have already participated in programmes which we prepared for them," city library director Miroslava Sabelova told the paper.

The library will acquaint Romanies with their history and culture. "The Romany language, literature and habits will have their own space here," Sabelova said.

"We will focus on Romanies' everyday life and we will point out the positive examples of those who have succeeded in the majority society," she added.

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