Naujoji Akmenė

Lithuania

Akmenė District stretches in the northern part of the country, close to the Lithuanian-Latvian border. Having collected the waters of 80 rivers and streams, Venta, the largest river in the region and its tributaries Dabikinė, Virvytė and Vadakstis, carry their waters into the Baltic Sea. Akmenė District was established on 20th June 1950. Šiauliai–Mažeikiai highway and a railway run through it. The municipal area includes Naujoji Akmenė, Akmenė and Venta towns, the townships of Papilė and Kruopiai; Akmenė, Kruopiai rural elderships as well as Naujoji Akmenė, Venta and Papilė elderships. Naujoji Akmenė is the seat of the District. The district covers the area of 84,400 hectares and is a home to more than 25,000 residents. 31.6% of the area is made of woodland, 57.9 % of farmland and 6.5% of peat bogs. The District boasts great deposits of limestone, which has enhanced development of construction materials industry in the area. The residents of the District are traditionally engaged in farming. The rivers turn the turbines of small-scale power stations. Akmenė District is known for its outstanding natural attractions. Akmenė Nature and Culture Park, situated along the left bank valley of the Dabikinė river, is an absolute must see. It features a spectacular pine forest dotted with walking trails, cycle tracks, rest areas and oak sculptures. The highlight of the Park is an original summer stage made of stone where traditional events of great popularity take place.

INFORMATION

Why visit Akmenė District? Akmenė District offers spectacular natural attractions: Kamanai bog, one of a kind not only in Lithuania but in Europe as well; geological feature in Venta Regional Park: Papilė rock exposure displaying fossilized fauna of the Jurassic period. There are so many things to do: climb Papilė mounds, admire a 15-trunk lime tree, visit museums of Simonas Daukantas and Lazdynų Pelėda and, if you are a lover of water tourism, follow the routes along the meandering rivers Venta and Virvytė.

Akmene region fascinates with its unique natural areas, untouched by human hand and distinctive landscapes. The river Venta is flowing there, it is the third in Lithuania for its size. To preserve the plants and landscape zones becoming extinct, Venta Regional Park was established, its area is 10600 hectares. 670 species of the higher plants and 140 species of birds are recorder in the park.

Papile Geological Reserve is significant for the science of archaeology for the fossils of Jurassic Period. There is a beautiful lime-tree with 15 trunks growing in Papile park, it is a monument of nature.

Northwards from Akmene town there is situated marsh Kamanos, one of the oldest in Europe, sizing 6465 hectares with its protective zone. It is a real open museum of nature. There are 982 species of plants and mushrooms, 558 species of insects and 176 species of birds in the marsh and surrounding forests.

Many of them are included into the Red Book of Lithuania as becoming extinct. 176 species of birds are hatching in the marsh. To preserve fauna and flora the State Reserve Kamanos was established in 1979. Economic activity is limited in this reserve in order to leave the Moss layer is very frail in the marsh, therefore a special wooden path for pedestrians has been made for tourists. International marsh protection organization “Telma” included Kamanos into the list of protected European marshes. State Reserve Kamanos was established in 1979.

Guests of Akmene town and region strive to visit the private botanical garden, established by A.Ciapas, with 358 species of plants, collected during 40 years. The old parks Dabikine, Papile, Kruopiai are cosy to have a rest. Alkiskiai pinery is showing green not far from Naujoji Akmene, there is cemetery of the German soldiers, killed during the 1st World War.

Sablauskiai, Vadakstis, Kivyliai and a number of smaller ponds may be visited to have a rest and to fish when it is warm. Papile, Viliosiai mounds, Luokava mountain near Naujoji Akmene as well as many places, related with Lithuanian mythology remind the ancient times. Residents of the region are fostering these riches themselves.
In 1957 Akmene town residents planted a pinery that now has turned into a picturesque park of nature and culture. New accents have been created in Naujoji Akmene town. 

CULTURE

Akmenė district has a public library with its 13 branches. 

VISION OF LIBRARIES

Libraries seek to become institutions satisfying the needs of communities related to spread of information, cultural and social issues, where representatives of all communal groups would be able to:

  • gain and develop needs related to information, culture and social matters;
  • exercise one’s democratic rights;
  • creatively participate in development of knowledge society.

MISSION OF LIBRARIES

  • Satisfaction of residents’ needs related to information, culture and leisure time.
  • Participation in development of knowledge society.
  • Storage, handling and supply of books, periodicals, audio, video, electronic documents to residents, taking into consideration information, cultural and social education at the municipal level.
  • Libraries provide their services to all residents on the basis of equal rights of use despite age, race, gender, nationality and social status, political or religious beliefs.

PURPOSES OF LIBRARY ACTIVITIES

  • Spread information to residents of the area, guarantee access to information resources for all residents.
  • Organize various forms of quality leisure time, encourage and promote creative initiative.
  • Improve management, administration and infrastructure of organization, manage changes in the chain of libraries.
  • Promote and develop expertise and motivation of staff.  

PUBLIC LIBRARY OF AKMENĖ DISTRICT

The chain of the public library and its branches includes:  Public Library Reader Service and Bibliography Department, Children’s Literature Department, Print Management and Acquisition Department; Branches of Akmenė and Venta; Branch of K. Narščius in Papilė; Branches in villages of Agluonos, Kalniškiai, Eglesiai, Jučiai, Kivyliai, Kruopiai, Pakalniškiai, Sablauskiai, Vegeriai.

Free Internet access is available in all libraries of Akmenė.

Services provided to readers: e-banking, trainings for residents, filling-in various declarations, special software MAGIC and JAW installed in working places for the sighted and the blind.

The public library has installed LIBIS, the subsystem of analytical bibliography and LIBIS reader service subsystem.      

HEALTH          

43 physicians and 268 nurses are taking care of personal health in Akmene region. There is a hospital in Naujoji Akmene, Initial Health Care Center in Akmene with 163 beds. Villagers are rendered initial assistance in 11 medical stations as well as dispensaries of Venta, Papile and Kruopiai.

There is a sanatorium in Akmene town, rendering mental health restoration services. Mental Facilities assist in overcoming depression, spiritual tiredness, stress consequences. More than 100 lonely old persons are attended in Naujoji Akmene boarding house, installed with the help of the Red Cross of German Bocholt town. Formerly air in Naujoji Akmene and its environs was strongly polluted by industry. However for already several decades volumes of emitted sulphur, nitrogen and carbon oxides has decreased and is supervised strictly.

Botanical garden, established by A.Ciapas, with 358 species of plants, evidences that even fastidious and rare plants from another countries can grow there. This botanical garden of 24 ares in 2000 was acknowledged a protected natural object.

Town and village communities arrange yearly competitions for the best houses and homesteads, number of cosy and tastefully managed homesteads is permanently growing. Rural tourism becomes popular.

MAYOR: Vitalijus Mitrofanovas

Contact

Akmene Region Municipality
email
info@akmene.lt
address
L.Petravičiaus a.2, LT-85132 Naujoji Akmene
phone
(425) 57133