10-13 September 2017
Trois-Ponts - Eupen - Liège - Tongeren - Genk
Cycling for Libraries with Love and Passion!
Cycling for libraries is an annual international advocacy tour
and an unconference for cycling librarians and library lovers since 2011.
This year we were proud to present a four-day local tour in the East of Belgium.
A Belgian tour to the core:
invented by foreign powers and,
with a little help from American and French allies,
co-created by librarians and library lovers
from all three of the country’s official language communities.
Communities that know each other too little and
have separate media, culture and library policies.
It was an adventure in the best Cycling for Libraries tradition:
an international bicycle unconference and library advocacy tour,
crossing language borders and connecting different countries,
bringing together librarians FROM and IN the Dutch, French and German speaking parts
of Belgium, so they could get to know each other
and share experiences with international colleagues.
We were inspired by our country motto: 'Unity makes strength'.
We believe this to be true on many levels.
Hence our motto for this tour:
‘United we bike’.
The tour is finished, but the story goes on,
told by other people in other places,
but with the same passion and conviction:
libraries are so important!
Spread the word, share the message!
Report of the tour [Work in progress]
Mariël Geens - Dirk Bogaerts
In samenwerking met | En collaboration avec | In Zusammenarbeit mit | In collaboration with