Knygų startas – “Bookstart” Lithuania

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Programme name Country Date of information
“Knygų startas“ (“Bookstart” in Lithuanian) Lithuania 25 June 2019


Question Answer
About the Organisation  
Organisation name Martynas Mazvydas, National Library of Lithuania, is the main implementer and administer of the programme. IBBY Lithuania is the main partner of the programme.
Organisation address Gedimino pr. 51, Vilnius, LT-01504, Lithuania
Goal/objective To promote early reading through providing free books and methodical material for families with newborns.
Contact Person Inga Mitunevičiūtė
Position of Contact Person Head of Research and Dissemination Unit, Children and Youth Literature Department, National Library of Lithuania; IBBY Lithuania president
Contact email  
Contact Telephone Number  
Organisation website;
Organisation type national organization set up for the purpose of running the programme
How many staff does your organisation employ? 494 (according to data of June 2019)
About the Programme  
Basic details  
Programme name “Knygų startas“
Country/Province/City where the programme takes place Lithuania, Vilnius
Year started 2019
Programme goal/objective “Knygų startas” is a pilot project started in Lithuania in 2019. In the first stage, the main goal is to create a working model, the mechanism for bookgifting, and to test it in one area with about 3000 babies.
Funding sources Funded by The Ministry of Culture of The Republic of Lithuania
Geographic coverage Vilnius district ( except Vilnius city)
Purpose of the programme  
Not for profit? Not for profit
Religious or political purpose? None
Local consistency of model  
Is your programme model consistent across your geographic area, or are there regional differences? Consistent
Book Packs  
What are the contents of your gifting pack? The gifting pack content: the first book for babies, a toy, guidance material for parents in a form of postcards, a letter from the team
Is your programme offered free of charge to all families? It is free of charge to all families.
Partnerships and Delivery  
What are your primary ‘points of contact’ with the population you serve? Health clinic
Who gifts/hands-out your pack to families?   healthcare workers
Please list your other programme partnerships and briefly give details. Ministry of Health of The Republic of Lithuania ensures the mechanism of bookgifting in Healthcare centers
Is the programme universal or targeted? Universal, but includes national minorities families.
How many children does your programme serve a year? In the first stage of the project – 3000 babies.
At what age/gifting period do children receive your programme.   Birth – 6 months, 6 – 12 months
Diversity provision  
Does your program include provisions or resources for children with special needs? no  
What language populations does your programme serve? The gifting pack will be provided for families who speak Lithuanian, Polish, Belarusian and Russian languages. The first book for babies will be in Lithuanian with translation on a separate sheet of paper. Guidance materials and a letter will be in different languages.
Evaluation and research  
Have you conducted programme evaluation or research (including longitudinal)? If yes, has this evaluation/research been published?  It is only the first step of Bookstart in Lithuania, but we have it in our plans after 5 years from the start of programme.


March 2022 – Library-health partnership in Lithuania

Goda Baranauskaitė-Dangovienė: National Library of Lithuania – Bookstart knygų startas in Lithuania grow a generation with a book

Nov 2022 – Presentation to the Polish Book Institute Conference, Warsaw

Goda Baranauskaitė-Dangovienė: National Library of Lithuania