Even more new children’s books in Spanish in Finland 

Kulttuurikeskus Ninho contributes to the Spanish language collection in the public libraries in Finland and motivates the community and new readers 

In 2022, more than 120 books were gifted to Helmet through the collaboration between Ninho and Ibero-American Embassies. On December 13th, 2022, the last 20 books in Spanish will be delivered to Helmet. This gift would not have been possible without the generous support of the Embassies of Argentina and Chile in Finland.  

This program, started by Kulttuurikeskus Ninho in 2016, has already gifted over 300 titles to Finland’s public libraries in collaboration with the Ibero-American Embassies in Finland as well as authors such as Isol Misenta (Argentina), Isidro Ferrer (Spain), Yara Kono (Brazil/Portugal), Paloma Valdivia (Chile), Micaela Chiriff (Peru), Ana Paula Ojeda, Juan Palomino and Adolfo Córdova (Mexico), as well as  their publishing houses. If you want more details about the titles included in the various gifts as well as information on how to access them through the Helmet system, check the news section of Kolibrí’s website: www.kolibrifestivaali.org. Through this program, Ninho motivates and improves access to children’s literature in Spanish and Portuguese, fostering reading practices for plurilingual children. It’s also a way to provide resources and support for educational institutions and teachers of heritage languages (Kotikieli). 

Vantaa libraries created the Kolibrí selection webpage to showcase the titles from the 2021 gift: https://kirjasto.one/kirjalista/index.php?dipl=178). 

Ninho also has guided video tours of Helmet’s children’s book collection in Spanish, to help parents how to find those books in the system. Ninho is working on making these video guides available also in: Portuguese, English, Swahili, Arabic, Persian and Somali. 

Kulttuurikeskus Ninho ry is a multicultural Finnish organization led by the community of Spanish and Portuguese-speaking immigrants. Its mission is to make the children’s culture sector in Finland more accessible and plurilingual.  

You can find the Kolibrí selection of children’s books in the Helmet library system: (www.helmet.fi)  

Photo: Agustín Garagorry