The project “Between the Lines: Stories of Books, Readers, and Meeting Spaces,” supported by the Cariplo Foundation, is aimed at all age groups and aims to bring people closer to, awaken, and strengthen their curiosity and interest in reading and the world of books through the implementation of pathways, activities, and events in the community.
The project was launched last June with a presentation event held at the Stefano Cerri Auditorium, and its objectives align with Goal 4 on Quality Education and Goal 1 to combat educational poverty.
The project operates on various dimensions:
a) Personal, with activities directed at the reader (psychological health, self-awareness, development of soft skills, creativity, and imagination, emotional literacy).
b) Relational, through the creation of reading groups and laboratory and playful creative activities, which in some cases will involve parents and children and the interaction of different generations (empathy, development, and consolidation of communicative and relational skills).
c) Sociocultural, through communication actions and events aimed at promoting knowledge of reading services in the area, synergy between formal and informal networks, and enhancing condominium libraries (knowledge of services and opportunities, openness to other cultures, improvement of social and cultural capital). The activities are characterized by the contamination of different artistic languages, namely the combination of written words, verbal, visual, and auditory elements.
The project’s guiding theme is the journey, manifested in its various facets: books will travel through the city, people will travel with imagination thanks to books, stories of journeys will be told, and there will be journeys through time and across different forms and literary genres in an exchange of experiences for personal and cultural growth, cultivating critical thinking that enhances awareness towards full self-determination and social participation.
The project partners, along with the lead organization Global Thinking Foundation ETS, include:
– Franco Fossati Foundation (WOW Comics Museum)
Together, the partners are committed in an inclusive and broad-spectrum manner to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, including the reduction of inequalities (Goal 10), gender equality (Goal 5), and opportunities for decent work and economic growth (Goal 8).