A morning of discussion to explore cultural welfare experiences in Italy’s libraries
The Rileggere le biblioteche – La centralità delle biblioteche pubbliche nel sistema di welfare culturale dei territori meeting took place on 12 April 2022 in the new Aula Magna of the Biblioteca Malatestiana in Cesena, organised by the Comune di Cesena in partnership with BAM! Strategie Culturali.
The meeting represented an important moment of discussion for library sector workers in Italy, featuring reports from operators, workers and scholars who have shared some of the most interesting cultural welfare experiences promoted by Italian libraries and library networks.
The morning opened with an institutional greeting from Claudio Leombroni, Servizio Patrimonio Culturale della Regione Emilia-Romagna, which sponsored the initiative. Chiara Faggiolani, Università la Sapienza, Rome, shared the results of “La Biblioteca per te” survey, the biggest study conducted in Italy on the role of the public library in people’s lives with regard to wellbeing and quality of life. They were followed by Alfonso Noviello, director of Multiplo, a library, cultural centre and community sounding board in Cavriago (Re); then Veronica Ceruti, who shared some of the Biblioteche di Bologna’s initiatives, from site-specific installations in Salaborsa to radio drama courses for young readers, to the initiative of a free book for every newborn from the Comune di Bologna; Liù Palmieri, who shared the wide-reaching projects developed by the Sistema Bibliotecario di Milano, initiatives that straddle public policy innovations and private initiative; and, lastly, Maria Stella Rasetti, who recounted the experience of the Biblioteca San Giorgio in Pistoia: a real treasure of a library!
The morning’s proceedings concluded with Elisabetta Bovero, director of the Biblioteca Malatestiana, sharing the development prospects of Europe’s oldest civic library.
The day was moderated by Francesca Lambertini, BAM!. Strategie Culturali.