The Minister of Education and Culture Sanni Grahn-Laasonen has awarded seven Finland Prizes. Among this year’s prize recipients were Entresse Library and many artists with immigrant background. The awarded are artist Adel Abidin, author and film director Hassan Blasim, author Nura Farah, choreographer Kenneth Greve, composer Aulis Sallinen and actress Birgitta Ulfsson.
Minister Grahn-Laasonen handed out the Finland Prizes in Helsinki on Tuesday 8 of December. The prizes are worth 24 700 euros each, with the money coming from Finnish lottery company Veikkaus. Finland Prizes have been awarded since 1993.
Anni Kääriäinen, the District Manager of Library Services, received the prize with a group of Entresse staff, both those of immigrant background and those of Finnish background working actively with immigrant services. Among them were Abdihakim Abukar, Lia Gasbarra, Aki Sakata-Henttonen, Hysni Krasniqi, Jasmin Lappalainen, Jaana Määttä, Reti-Liis Saks, Julia Timofejeva and Eva Wilenius.
The reasons for Entresse Library being awarded were:
"Entresse Library in Espoo could function as an example to all cultural work in Finland. The library offers personal service, invests in meeting of all kinds of people, builds communality, and invests in physical and cultural accessibility. The library’s staff are experts in cultural diversity.
Entresse Library was opened in 2009, and large number of its clientele is immigrants and new Finns. The library invests in the services for the young and the immigrants, and observes the desires of the local residents in the development of its services. In Entresse Library a customer can find experiences, information, a community, friends and a way to get into the Finnish society and working life, regardless of their background.
During autumn of 2015 alone, the library has held i.a. New Finns - a photography exhibition and a panel discussion, Let’s read together - study group of Finnish language for women, and events in different languages for children.
Entresse Library’s cultural diversity is present in both customers and the staff."
The press release by Ministry of Education and Culture about the 2015 Finland Prizes