LECCE – From April 26-28, the Deledda Institute is hosting the Accessible Book Fair. On April 26, a round table with experts for the closing event of “Storie Sewn” work as part of “Reading Between Two Seas”.
Books as an accessible asset and reading as a tool for social inclusion: Twenty libraries and two schools in Lecce Province aim to break down cultural barriers and enable their communities to interact and face people with disabilities. It is an effort that will see the first fruits from April 26-28, at the Grazia Deledda State Technical Institute in Lecce, which will host a large exhibition of accessible books and a themed round table.
After two years of commitment, this is the latest event for Storie Cucite, an activity aimed at social inclusion as part of the “Reading Between Two Seas” project, created to strengthen library offices and strengthen reading spaces in Salento. Designed by the Free Theater of Aradeo and Friends of the Tuglie Association Library, the project is supported by the “Con il sud” Foundation and the Center for Books and Reading in collaboration with Anci, is sponsored by the AIB-Associazione Italiana Libraries and the Polo Biblio-Museale of Lecce and involves a significant local partnership.
Gallery of 150 books available
On April 26, at 10 a.m., the exhibition Books for All, Book for All will open with 150 titles selected from existing library catalogs. It is curated by Storie Cucite, an independent children’s publishing house, which in recent years has distinguished itself for being one of the few realities emerging in Italy with an accessible catalog that includes internal book publishing, and picture books from Caa (Enhanced Alternative Communication), which finds space In the ZIGZAG series. “The exhibition – explains Patricia Frasanito, editor of Storie Cucite – was born from the idea of highlighting the limitless possibilities that the publishing scene offers to readers, children and adults, paying more attention than ever to those facing difficulties. Like dsa (certain learning disorders) or more or Less severe cognitive, language, and visual impairments, as well as potential foreign readers or readers, put everyone in conditions for access to reading.” Along the way – adds Francesco Menon, a member of the management committee of the Costa Otranto-SM di Leuca-Bosco di Tricase Regional Park, partner in the project – braille panels for the local biodiversity designed by the park will also be installed, in a way to spread a culture of accessibility even in places that are not preceded, without taking it for granted.” The location of “G. Rizzo” in Cavallino is the Arradio Municipal Library and the Deledda Institute which is also the headquarters of the Cts (Regional Support Center) in Lecce. The exhibition will remain open from April 26 to 28, from 9 to 13 and from 14:30 to 18, at the headquarters Deledda, in Piazza Palio in Lecce.It can be accessed free of charge, even by families, schoolchildren, teachers, librarians, booksellers and educators, by booking via email at [email protected] or by calling 350/0803963.
Books for Everyone: Eight Types of Integrating Communication
The Books for All, Book for All gallery has at least eight types of books available. There are books in Caa (Augmentative Alternative Communication), the entire text of which is expressed in symbols, both using the WLS and PCS symbolic system, or by choosing different reference models, including the inbook one. Then there are large print books, above average, suitable for users with less visual ability than those considered normal. There are books in Lys, in which the text is translated into Italian sign language, which integrates communication with deaf people. On the other hand, highly readable books adopt certain typographical, grammatical and conceptual tools that facilitate the reading experience. Moreover, Braille books have a tactile reading and writing system in alphabetic signs consisting of salient points, for the blind and visually impaired. An audiobook is the audio recording of a book read by an actor aloud or a text-to-speech engine available for listening. There are also silent books, books without words: by narrating through pictures, one’s interpretation and the spirit of observation are stimulated. Finally, tactile or sensory books aim to develop manual skills and encourage exploration and feature different shapes and materials. Among those, as gallery pioneers, are the titles “Ditino-Nastrino” and “The Tommasone Button,” handcrafted cloth books with typeface and braille text, created by the National Federation of Blind Pro-Blind Institutions. It is made available by the Bernardini Provincial Library in Lecce and the Totopini Library in Lecce. Added to these are concrete and sensory books written by teachers and students of the Istituto Comprehensive Institute Magistrato Giovanni Falcone in Cupertino, where the school library “Itaca in” is located.
Roundtable on April 26
“Together Building Access Paths Through Books” is the title of the roundtable scheduled for the afternoon of Tuesday, April 26, in the auditorium of the Deledda Institute. It targets parents, educators, librarians, booksellers, psychologists, educators and social health workers and can also be followed live on the “Reading Between Two” Facebook page.
Proceedings will open at 16:30 with Institutions Greetings from Raffaele Capone, Principal of Deledda School; Michel Bovino, Liaison Officer, Free Orradio, Reading Leader between Bahrain; Melina Tancredi, member of Cen Ain Puglia – National Committee for Libraries and Children’s Services. This will be followed by a focus on promoting accessible culture, with Valeria Delana, Head of the Office of Civic Libraries in the Municipality of Lecce and the “Reading Equal for All” project. At 5.30pm, in-depth analysis of affordable publishing scenarios, with Patricia Frasanito, Editor-in-Chief of “Storie Cucite”, who will present the exhibition and the Zigzag series dedicated to internal books, and with Elvira Zaccagnino, Director of “edizioni la meridiana”, who will speak on “Readers On Equality”, the first exhibition dedicated to accessibility, will present a series available to young people “Parimenti”.
At 6 pm, school inclusion projects will be discussed with Maurizio Molindini, the teacher and trainer responsible for new technologies for people with special educational needs at the Grazia Deleda Institute. Francesca Drogo, Assistant Instructor at Instituto Rezzato Comprehensive (Brescia), Machinery Department, Disability Area, Bes and Dsa; Ornella Castellano, Director of the Comprehensive Institute “Magistrato Giovanni Falcone” in Cupertino.
Next, Giovanna Rossato, Librarian J. Rizzo Municipal in Cavallino, for the Salento Libraries as Fundamental Principles of Easy Reading; Federica Carpentieri, librarian of the Libermedia Società di Servizi Culturali; Carlo Vito Morciano, Librarian of the Earth Salt Consortium. At 7 p.m. Francesco Menon, Storie Cucite Procedure Counsellor for “Costa Otranto-Santa Maria di Leuca and Bosco di Tricase Park” will speak about community services and territorial promotion, Giusepina Murciano, psychologist and counselor in Existential Anthropology and ANGSA Lecce (for information) And event reservations: Email: [email protected] Tel: 0803963 350 – fb: www.facebook.com/leggere2mari).
Tailored Stories: Reading for Social Inclusion
Launched in December 2020, Storie Cucite has been broken down into training courses and media actions targeting careers in the sector, but also families, schools and social workers. “Storie Cucite was one of the first reading actions between two Bahrains – says Michele Bovino, Communication Officer at Free Compagnia Teatrale Aradeo, project leader – and his goal from the start was to spread knowledge and a culture of inclusion, through training and information sessions, with a focus on enhanced alternative communication through internal books and giving a role of fundamental importance to libraries and heroes along with the books in the gallery.”
We wanted to highlight the importance of having useful books for each library in building a culture that is accessible, and made available to its own community. “It is an opportunity – adds Alessandro Chiesa, Reading Coordinator between Bahrain and Vice President of the Amici della Biblioteca di Tuglie – to begin building that utopian process that allows you to break down cultural barriers and make services usable by all., a sign of inclusivity that defines the value and quality of the library. The initiative attests At Deledda finally a meeting of operators, experts, educators, families, and champions of a regional network of social and cultural services working for access.”