Aidosti paikallinen jo vuodesta 1975
Jakelu: Hervanta, Kaukajärvi, Lukonmäki, Messukylä, Hallila, Vuores

Many people share the misconception that the library is simply a place where a bunch of books sit on a shelf. Tampere’s many libraries are in fact great cultural and educational centres that supply information in a range of languages. Hervanta Library has a collection of adult, youth and children’s books in several different languages. The library’s foreign language books work on a rotation, so even if you’re able to read through all the available books, you’ll soon be presented with some new ones.
The library is not just about books, it also provides events, exhibitions and computers with internet access. Hervanta Library has previously had an international costume event, during which photographs were taken of all the participants. The photographs are now on display as an exhibition at the library. The Hervanta branch also arranges story-time for children in foreign languages. Recently there was a native Russian speaker that read Russian stories for children at the library. American Genevieve Meehan says:
– As a mum it’s a good place to take small children and a great place to find some new stories in English.
The library also organise guided tours, for example last week a group visiting from Naistari was shown the services Hervanta Library provides. Libraries are a great place to visit when you’re keen to learn the Finnish language, as they have many books and audio recordings available for borrowing. Tampere Main Library Metso also arranges a Finnish Language Café which is intended for those wanting to practice speaking Finnish. It is also a place just to socialise in a friendly and cultural environment.

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