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23 September 2021
Postcrossing with the Library - Hello from Komi

A postcrossing project has been launched by the National Library of Komi. The project is dedicated to the Centennial of the Komi Republic which was celebrated on 22 August 2021.

The Department of Foreign Language Literature came up with an idea to produce postcards with local sights for the postcrossing initiative. The project is named You've Got Mail and celebrates a tradition of sending news to friends and family by actual post. 'You've got mail' is a phrase that makes everyone happy. 

Photographers of the Komi Republic donated their best shots to be printed on the postcards representing nature, local cuisin, national costumes, rural and urban sights. The library designers created six original layouts with a logo in the Komi Language.

The project partner is Pochta Rossii (Russian Post), the federal postal operator of Russia. The central post-office provided free stamps and a mailbox in the brand colour.

The culminating point of the project was the day when students of Syktyvkar State University gathered in a large lecture hall to launch the postcrossing. The project coordinators made a brief presentation about the Komi Republic and its capital city. Then students scribbled their greetings on the cards and slipped them in the mailbox.

Foreign students were particularly excited taking part in the initiative and sending news from Komi overseas. The postcards were sent to Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Somalia and Kyrgyzstan and cities and villages of Russia. 

Next the project will travel to Ukhta to engage students studying at Ukhta colleges in the postcrossing experience.

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