Deltiology (from Greek δελτίον, deltion, diminuitive of δέλτος, deltos, "tablet, letter"; and -λογία, -logia) is the study and collection of postcards. Compared to philately, the iden- tification of a postcard's place and time of production can often be an impossible task because postcards, unlike stamps, are produced in a decentralised, unregulated manner. For this reason, some collectors choose to limit their acquisitions to cards by specific artists and publishers, or by time and location.
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089 - Finland

The Nordic Library Week
In the middle of the 90s the PR Society for Nordic Libraries, a group of librarians in the Nordic countries, wanted to create a cultural manifestation in the middle of the darkest period of the year, in November. Together with the Norden Associations they planned an event for November 1997.
And so began the story of the Nordic Library Week in 1997. That year was announced as a Nordic Year, by the project NORDLIV ("Nordic Life"). NORDLIV was organised by the Federation of the Norden Associations, cooperation body of eight national Norden Associations. The topic for the project NORDLIV was Nordic Identity - the history, culture and society.
The idea behind the week was then, and still is, to promote the mutual Nordic culture references, and the Nordic literature especially. From the very beginning the week has been opened with a special ceremony; the electric lights are switched off, the candles are lit and the same text is read out loud, at the same moment in all of the participating libraries. The Swedish title of the week, Kura skymning, is referring to the twilight time of the day, and the old ancient story-telling tradition; in the twilight when it was too dark to keep on working, the people gathered together and listened to stories.
Every year has had its own theme, which has been used as background when looking for suitable texts. For the last six years there has been a text chosen both for adults and children, who have started the library week already on Monday morning. (

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