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BiblioPride 2013, National Library Day

The period running from 27 September to 6 October 2013 will see debates, guided tours, book presentations, workshops and story-telling for children. The libraries of Italian Cultural Institutes abroad, and the MFA itself, will be taking part in the BiblioPride 2013 initiative.

Conceived and organised by the Italian Library Association (AIB), BiblioPride will see events throughout Italy from 27 September until 6 October, National Library Day. The libraries of Italian Cultural Institutes abroad, and the MFA itself, are taking part in the BiblioPride 2013 initiative. “Italian Cultural Institutes, wrote Ambassador Andrea Meloni, Director General for Country Promotion, “possess valuable collections which contain precious and rare books (first editions, signed copies, foreign language translations of Italian texts). These play a key role in the Institutes’ cultural promotion work”.

Rediscovering the richness and potential of Italy’s libraries

BiblioPride 2013, whose closing event will be held in Florence, has prepared a rich programme of initiatives with the collaboration of Italian museums and archives. They include guided tours, workshops and story-telling for children, debates and round tables, and book presentations.

“We also wish to act on the collective imagination of all Italians, to help them rediscover the wealth and infinite potential of our country’s libraries. And the same time we aim to reassert the pride felt by all librarians who work with such enthusiasm in the service of culture”, underscored Stefano Parise, chair of the AIB. “Our aim is for BiblioPride to become an event of great cultural and civil worth”. We also need to draw the attention of the institutions to the role that a modern and efficient library service can play, including in new spheres such as promoting digital skills, social inclusion strategies, and citizenship rights”.