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Silent books. Destination: Lampedusa
Classense Library - Manica Lunga
Via Baccarini 3, Ravenna
Dates: Thursday, 28 November 2013 - Saturday, 4 January 2014
Event time: Tuesday - Friday: 4.30pm - 6.30pm; Tuesday - Thursday: 9am - 12pm; Saturday: 9am - 12pm / 3.30pm - 6pm

The exhibition includes over hundred Silent Books from four continents and over twenty countries, collected for the creation of a library for the children and young people living on the island of Lampedusa and for the young guests of the First Aid and Reception Centre. Old travel trunks contain the books of this international project, where images tell the stories that words cannot express: emotions, projects and memories conveyed by silent figures which aim at overcoming language barriers and encouraging the encounter between different cultures.
The touring exhibition/workshop opens on Thursday, 28 November at 6pm during the children’s rights week (20-28 November 2013) and is promoted by the Municipality of Ravenna. In Ravenna, visitors can buy books for children and youngsters between 0 and 16 years for the library of Lampedusa. All gifts will be registered in the documents that will tell the story of the foundation of the library. Those who wish to support the project with money gifts can write to

This project is organized by IBBY International Board of books for young people, an international association that promotes the use of children books as a means of integration. This exhibition is realized in cooperation with the Classense Library in Ravenna. 

Thursday, 28th November 2013 | 6pm
Exhibition opening with Ouidad Bakkali, Councillor for Culture, Education and Childhood at the Municipality of Ravenna.

Saturday, 30th November 2013 | 10.30
Senza parole. Che meraviglia!
Public Readings in Italian and Japanese with NPL volunteer readers and cultural mediators of Terra Mia Association.

Saturday, 7th December 2013| 4.30pm
Battelli al sole della somiglianza. (Boats in the sun of similarity) 
Little exhibition of toy suns and boats and workshop with Roberto Papetti.
Toys are imitative reshapings of the world. The toy boats and suns on exhibition show invisible keels and deep eyes; they remind us of real boats that sail across the adventurous seas under the sun of good fortune, not of tragedy and injustice.

Saturday, 21st December 2013 | 10.30am
Senza parole. Che meraviglia!
Public Readings in Italian and Portuguese with NPL volunteer readers and cultural mediators of Terra Mia Association.

Saturday, 28th December 2013 and 4th January 2014 | 10.30am
Senza parole. Che meraviglia!
Public Readings in Italian with NPL volunteer readers.

Guided tours for nursery and primary schoolclasses by appointment
On Tuesday and Thursday morning 10am - 12pm. For other dates, please write to:

Free Admission

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