Please could you write me, if there, in Finland does exist some association (or only a group of people), which could serve as Friends of library(ies) and which takes part on activities of public libraries for users?
One such association was founded in Käpylä, Helsinki in June 5th 2002 to protect the Käpylä branch of Helsinki City Library which then was threathened to be closed down along with several other small branch libraries in Helsinki.
Local movements in different parts of Helsinki soon reacted against the threat of their local libraries to be closed. In the end, none of the libraries was closed but were given diminished opening hours.
The local library association in Käpylä, Käpylän aluekirjastoyhdistys, is still active and co-operates with the library staff to arrange special events, such as literary evenings, and to develop the services of their local library.
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