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What Are You Reading, Ukraine?

2013 October 30
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I belong to a book club where we do a role call to see what everyone is reading.  I am always interested to know what other people are reading or waiting to read– but just knowing what is popular in Ohio or the whole United States no longer satisfies my curiosity.  I want to know what teens are reading all over the world.

Ukraine is the largest country entirely within Europe.  Their nation, like Russia, divides land into provinces they call oblasts. Ukraine is a country of 45,000,000 people.  It’s capital and largest city Kiev has a population of 3,000,000 of people.  Kiev is home to the Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine.  It houses over 15 million items. (Library) Ukrainian is the main language but they recognize 18 regional languages including a lot I had not heard of like Crimean Tatar, Krymchak and Rusyn. (Ukraine)  About 7,000,000 people, or 14.5% of the population are 14 years of age or young. Which makes me wonder: what are all of them reading?

  • Where do you work?
Greetings From Kiev! My name is Jen Gross. I am the Head Librarian at Pechersk School International in Kiev, Ukraine
  • What are the most popular titles for teens at your library right now?
Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard, The CHERUB Series by Robert Muchamore, The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, the Dork Diaries series by Rachel Renée Russell, Darren Shan’s books, the Divergent series by Veronica Roth, and anything about Star Wars or Minecraft.
  • What genres are most popular with your library’s teens?

    Russian Translation of Divergent

Dystopian fiction, science fiction, and popular realistic fiction (Sarah Dessen, Laurie Halse Anderson, etc.).
  • What languages are the books in your teen collection?
English, Russian, Ukrainian (and to a lesser degree: French, German, Dutch, Korean, Spanish).
  • Do your teens prefer to read print novels or ebooks?
It depends. Getting books in English is very hard in Ukraine, so it is often much easier for them to download a book and read it on a Kindle or an iPad. We are only able to order our books once a year, so by the time they arrive they are often well past their publication date. However, more popular titles are often purchased in other countries while on holiday and then those books are passed around among students.

I hope to learn and share about teen reading around the world.  If you or someone you know lives overseas and works as a teacher or librarian with teens, please message me so I can  do a post about the country they live in.  To learn more about what other teens are reading, check out my previous posts What Are You Reading, Russia?

-Laura C Perenic, currently reading The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

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3 Responses
  1. Andrea permalink
    March 24, 2014

    Is the third book in the Divergent series, Allegiant, available in a Russian translation yet?

  2. Laura Perenic permalink
    March 24, 2014

    I don’t know. I have written for more information. I’ll reply when I know more.

  3. Laura Perenic permalink
    March 25, 2014

    Based on input from Librarians overseas don’t think a translation is a available and most likely wont be ready until at least June 2014.

    I was told this is a good website for online ordering of Russian novels.

    http://www.mdk-arbat.ru/catalog?kw=%E2%E5%F0%EE%ED%E8%EA%E0+%F0%EE%F2

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