Extraordinary budget for # ioleggoperché: the great national initiative of the Italian Publishers Association in favor of school libraries closes in 2021 with 450,000 books donated, of which 350,000 by citizens (349,257 to be precise) in the 2,743 participating libraries and destined for the school libraries of the 20,388 schools registered throughout Italy. In addition to the number of books collected in bookstores, in March 2022, the 100,000 new volumes that the supporting editors of the initiative will donate to the schools that have requested them will be added within the established terms. Among the most loved titles, requested by schools and donated by citizens, we find once again the ‘The Little Prince’, followed by ‘The Chocolate Factory’, ‘The Gruffalò’ and two new titles for the first time among the most donated: ‘The Little Book of the Constitution by Geronimo Stilton’ and ‘The Thief of Leaves’ by Alice Hemming. The initiative launched in 2016 by the AIE, is supported by the Ministry of Culture – Directorate General for Libraries and Copyright, by the Center for Books and Reading, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education. “Participation in the # ioleggoperché initiative is growing year by year, an unstoppable wave that invests students and professors in a heartfelt sharing of reading. In a five-year period, the participating schools have multiplied, as has the number of volumes donated to school libraries , demonstrating how much the book is a timeless cultural product. A great result, which is reflected in the strong growth of the Italian book market “, said the Minister of Culture, Dario Franceschini. Even the president of AIE, Ricardo Franco Levi underlined: “the positive moment that Italian publishing is experiencing was also witnessed by the active response to the call of # ioleggoperché”. “A great team game that has made it possible to reach, in the six years of life of the initiative, numbers capable of making a difference: almost 2 million new books, 1 million 850 thousand to be precise, for school students of all orders and degrees, “explained Levi. “The great response that # ioleggoperché has received demonstrates how extraordinary the sense of community that surrounds the school is” underlined the Minister of Education Patrizio Bianchi. “I joined the initiative with great enthusiasm, immediately inserting # Ioleggoperchè among the communication campaigns of the Presidency of the Council” said the Undersecretary for Information and Publishing Giuseppe Moles. And added “I reiterate my support and the support of the Department for Information and Publishing for any future communication activities linked to this initiative”. “The 2021 edition has seen an important growth in donated books” underlined Renata Gorgani, vice president of the AIE Group of various and member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Books and Reading. The donations reflected, in terms of geographic distribution, the homogeneity of enrollment by schools: North West (29%), North East (28%), Center (22%), South Italy and Islands (21%). The regions in which the most donated are Lombardy (18%), Emilia Romagna (14%) and Veneto (10%) followed by Tuscany, Piedmont, Lazio. At the top of the ranking of the most lavish provinces and municipalities are the great capitals: Rome, Milan, Turin, followed by Bologna, Palermo, Parma and Rimini. Among the cities, Bassano del Grappa, Carpi, Asti, Alba, Schio and Sassuolo are particularly lively. Among the provinces Modena, Vicenza and Bari stood out. The three schools that obtained the highest number of books for their libraries are: the Monti Ilbei primary school in Palermo, the lower secondary school Bernardo Pasquini in Massa and Cozzile (Pt ) and the primary Caulino Moiano of Vico Equense (Na). Almost 600 events organized in the area by students, booksellers, teachers, volunteers and families in the squares and in the participating bookstores. The ten most creative proposals of the # ioleggoperché 2021 contest, whose theme this year was ‘Reading to build the future’ will be awarded in January 2022, thanks to the support of Siae, with 10 vouchers of 1000 euros for the purchase of books . (HANDLE).
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