The history of Trebnje Library goes back to 1962, when teacher France Režun set up a small reading room in the Prosvetni dom. It is named after Pavel Golia (1887–1959), one of the most important Slovene authors of plays for young audiences. At the outset the library had 1,800 books, but this has since increased to more than 70,000 units of book and multimedia material available to approximately 4,700 registered members. Today the Pavel Golia Library is the public library of Municipality of Trebnje, with three additional lending branches in Mirna, Šentrupert, and Mokronog. The facility also houses an e-point, where users are able to access the Internet. The library organises various cultural events, story telling hours and creative workshops for children, literary evenings, book presentations, literary tea parties, and exhibitions. In 2009 they launched the project “Our Club of Fantasy” [Naš klub domišljije] in cooperation with Dob Prison, the aim of which is to encourage literary and artistic activity among the prisoners, whose contributions are then published in a collection.
The Baraga Homestead is a birthplace of Friderik Irenej Baraga (1797–1868), a bishop, missionary, and linguist. The two rooms in his manor in Mala vas, a village near Trebnje in the Dolenjska region, display his personal belongings and documentation of his missionary activities among the native peoples of North America. The collection is managed by the Archbishop’s Ordinariate in Ljubljana. Part of Baraga’s collection, however, is on display at the Slovene Ethnographic Museum and represents the oldest non-European contribution to the museum (donated by the missionary himself in 1837). A part of his collection, however, is kept also by the Slovene Museum of Christianity.
Friderik Irenej Baraga
Baraga worked among the fur-traders and the Ottawa and, later, Ojibwe Indians from 1831 till his death and wrote a catechism in Ojibwe language as well as guide to its grammar and a dictionary (still in use today). His letters about his missionary work were published widely in Europe, and his book (written in German) History, Character, Customs and Manners of the North American Indians was important in presenting the Native American society to European readers.
Furthermore, he also worked to protect the Indians from being forced to relocate. A county and a town in the state of Michigan (USA) have been named after the bishop.