4 Νοε 2013

Press Release - Future Library: BEING creative, inspiring the community


Press Release
Monday, November 4 2013

Future Library
BEING creative, inspiring the community

Two years ago, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation conceived the idea to contribute to the development of a public and municipal libraries network all over Greece, in order to enhance the significance of the libraries, as learning centers and places of creativity and interaction, in people’s minds. Thus, Future Library was born in Veria, in 2011, with the Foundation being its exclusive donor and soon was emerged as a living community that constantly embraces new cities, familiarizes their residents with the libraries and aspires to be linked to the National Library of Greece, when this moves to its new premises, at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.

The core of the Future Library Network philosophy is human centric and consists of creative libraries that promote human values. Day by day, more and more teenagers, students, young people, undergraduates, post graduates, volunteers and creative professionals connect to the public libraries of their cities through this rapidly growing network, which at this moment consists of a lively community of 117 Public and Municipal Libraries and approximately 5.750 members.

Since 2011, the Future Library team, in collaboration with the libraries of this network, has organized more than 5.800 events in more than 100 Greek cities, with 110.000 participants in total (most of them children, teenagers and adults). They have carried out special training programs addressed to the “future librarians”, offered 36.160 books in 117 libraries, which they have also provided with technological equipment and developed major projects that promote creative thinking, the love of reading and innovation, thus transforming libraries into modern laboratories of creativity and action.

Currently the team works intensively for the official opening of their major project, the Media Lab, a project designed with the support of Google and in collaboration with the Aarhus Municipal/City Library and Mozilla Foundation, exclusively sponsored by the
Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Make, learn, play, relax, share are the five key words that describe the Media Labs spirit: nine (9) Public and Municipal Libraries in Drama, Levadia, Nafpaktos, Kozani, Trikala, Corinth, Keratsini-Drapetsona, Helioupolis and Chania, are being totally transformed into modern, friendly and pleasant places. Co-working, brainstorming, relaxing, meeting, reading, web browsing spaces and even music studios, where anyone can record, edit and create his own video, all together make up a completely different version of the library, just like the Future Library team dreamt of and made it happen, through the Media Labs.

The official opening of the Medial Labs will be marked by the “Creativity Marathon”, which will be held in the 9 libraries, at the same time, on 6 & 7 December 2013 and will reach its peak in the second Future Library Unconference 2013, on 9 & 10 December 2013, at the Benaki Museum, with guests over 400 creative and updated people from the global community. The schedule will be announced progressively and will be full of surprises.

“BEING CREATIVE, inspiring the community” is the Future Library’s motto, an initiative that brings the future into the Greek present and within global reality.

Find out more about Future Library:

Contact Information regarding Press issues: Natalia Katifori natalia@opusltd.com | +302130317478 | +306972345289 & Katerina Apostolopoulou katerina@opusltd.com |+302130317478 | +306948173955

About the Stavros Niarchos Foundation:

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (www.SNF.org) is one of the world’s leading international philanthropic organizations, making grants in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and medicine, and social welfare. The Foundation funds organizations and projects that exhibit strong leadership and sound management and are expected to achieve a broad, lasting and positive social impact. The Foundation also seeks actively to support projects that facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships as effective means for serving public welfare.

From 1996 until today, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation has approved grant commitments of $1.41 billion / €1.07 billion, through 2,582 grants to nonprofit organizations in 109 nations around the world.  Excluding the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), the Foundation’s funding is equally divided between grants in Greece and international ones.

The Foundation, concerned with the continuing socio-economic crisis in Greece, announced in January 2012 a grant initiative of additional $130 million (€100 million) over three years to help ease the adverse effects of the deepening crisis. Since then, and as part of the initiative, the SNF has committed grants totaling $100.4 million (€77.5 million) in support of numerous not-for-profit organizations around the country. 

In October 2013, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation announced a new long-term initiative, Recharging the Youth, to help create new opportunities for Greece’s younger generations. The Foundation is committing €100,000,000 to help the future prospects of young people, who are severely impacted by critically high unemployment rates, currently exceeding 60%.

The Foundation’s largest single gift ($796 million / €566 million) is the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), in Athens. Construction works at the site have already begun. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation firmly believes that the project is of national importance, even more so under the current socio-economic conditions. It remains a testament and a commitment to the country’s future, at a critical historical juncture. It is also an engine of short- to mid-term economic stimulus, which is essential under the current circumstances.

The Board of Directors of the The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is consisted by Andreas Dracopoulos-Co-President, Philip Niarchos, Co-President, Spyros Niarchos, Co-President,

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