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Orienting young adults – The Cinema Classroom Project

Co-operation with Barcelona Province Public Libraries and the ESCAC Foundation (Film and Audiovisual School of Catalonia)

When young adults are on the second year of High School, in Spain, they find themselves in front of one of their life’s toughest decisions, such as choosing University studies. Some of them have a clear vocation that they have already developed throughout their lives. But some doesn’t. From the libraries of the province of Barcelona, Xarxa de Biblioteques Municipals  we offer them the chance to try some very special university studies: the possibility of dedicating their career to the cinema.

Students of Secondary School and 1st and 2nd of High School experience a live class of introduction to sound, assembly, or the crafts of cinema in general, based on the film Jaws. They can immerse themselves in film adaptations of literary classics that must be read during the course, such as Hamlet, Frankenstein and The Metamorphosis; they can learn how the film world has portrayed the painters, or how they have adapted successful books to turn them into scripts. And, finally, they can hear how former students of the school who have premiered their first feature films explain the way they have travelled to fill a movie theatre. All the lectures are free, open to the public, and free for users. The ESCAC takes charge of the fees of the professors and the rights of exhibition of the films that are projected.

Libraries can enhance their role in the educational community

For all the participating libraries in the project this is an opportunity to complement the activities they carry out around the cinema, reinforcing their role as link with the educational community, and opens a window to a young audience that often unknowns the possibilities that our facilities offer. For the ESCAC it is a powerful speaker to publicize their studies, at the same time an opportunity to attract talent that, otherwise, could not be considered the possibility of studying them. Who knows, perhaps one of the thousand five hundred pupils who went through the lectures of the Aula de Cinema of last year will be the next Juan Antonio Bayona.

The Aula de cinema  (Cinema Classroom Project) is a collaboration between the XBM libraries network of Diputació de Barcelona and the ESCAC Foundation (Film and Audiovisual School of Catalonia). Some libraries selected based on their work towards cinema are in contact with institutes in order to organize master class sessions by ESCAC Professors.

For the participating libraries it is an opportunity to reinforce their role as speakers behind the educational community and to inform young people about what facilities they can offer. More than one thousand five hundred students went attended the lectures of the classroom of Cinema last year.

Text and photos: Jaume Felipe Villa, Director Biblioteca Maria Àngels Torrents

Wide open: Read and read wide open/De Bat a Bat: Llegir i Llegir-se


Authors: Carla Canongia  and Marta Puig ( Xarxa de Biblioteques Municipals.

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Wide open: Read and read is a new resource designed to facilitate the work with young people from 12 to 16 years through picture books; a universe where art, literature and philosophy go hand in hand.

The DNA of the project are young people, reading, library, activities, participation, dialogue, listening, street art, thought, literature, picture books, experience, innovation.
The resource consists of 3 Bats (Author, Subject and Picture Books).

Bat01: that which is not seen (open what is to do, to think and to continue).
Bat02: what you say and do not say (all playing with words and pictures, we give meaning to the outside world and in yourself).
Bat03: the struggle (the struggle between oneself and the world).

The objectives of the project are:

  • To discover the picture books as an element of promotion and discovery of new forms of reading and writing
  • To develop the entrepreneurial spirit, participation, critical thinking in young people
  • To promote strategies of work/promotion focused on direct participation, dialogue and listening
  • To promote a community of practice focused on exploring new strategies, tools and methods aimed at young audiences.

Mon Mas, creator of the resource, made us think about what it is that makes us happy; What is the spark that makes us get up each day … Mon Mas made us see, with the dynamics in which we see immersed, as illustrated albums can be the perfect excuse to talk about life, death, family, what we are concerned, we are happy … and of that restless and exciting youngsters of our libraries!

In 2017, 12 libraries will be able to put into practice with the young of its municipalities the three experiences, the three Bates, created for this first year of the project. Each library participating in the project will receive a Bat per quarter, this Bat will consist of a box with the materials and albums that are necessary to carry out the session. The ideal is between 15 and 20 adolescents per session.


Portable Reading Laboratories




Our Guest blogger , Montse, has invited her colleague Montserrat Alvarez Massó. Gerència de Serveis de Biblioteques to write this post. Montserrat can be contacted at  [email protected]

2015 Manager of Library Services launched the portable Reading Labs project with the aim to provide those in charge of the children’s areas of the libraries of the network of Municipal Libraries implementing the family activity for the promotion of reading under the name Reading Portable Laboratories.


Portable Reading laboratories have their origin in 2005 at the Roca Umbert Library, in Granollers (Barcelona), where began activities that aim to combine literature and art with the family audience. The first name was Laboratories of Letters and Images, during this time, other professionals share the project and organize reading activities with the same purposes; invites families to experience around reading.

In the context of work to grow the capacity for innovation, the Management of the services of libraries of the provincial Council of Barcelona decides to promote an initiative for the implementation of this model of activities in other libraries of the network of Municipal Libraries of the province of Barcelona. Of this sum of wills born in portable Laboratories of reading the XBM, a proposal that takes into account on the one hand, to provide new resources to work in the library; and, on the other hand, start with the participants of the project, a process of professional learning sector in the implementation of the project.



Thus, under the concept of training in the workplace, promotes a dynamic of informal learning that opens new perspectives and to enhance the ability of professionals beyond the traditional formulas. In this way, the training is closely linked with the labour practice but with a theoretical base that guarantees. Participants cease to be mere recipients of knowledge and, therefore, the possibilities of interaction are much larger. We’re talking about, in essence, the concept that is based on participation, of learning by doing experiential learning, social projects and in the workplace.

That is why, even though the reading portable Labs are designed so that they are easy to execute by a professional, it insists on a structured process of learning and of individual and shared research. This process is established on the basis of dynamic tutorial in a first cycle of the project and a work of empowerment by staff involved in a second cycle.

In parallel it was also created a community of practice between all participants with the purpose of having a space for communication and exchange of knowledge itself. The virtual space of LabdeLabs opens doors to a systemic process of improvement and creativity, and a permanent space of support. With the purpose of ensuring a continuous interaction between the participants to the project, these assume an explicit commitment of participation, which is achieved by activating a personal blog within the virtual space. The individual blog is an exercise in reflective practice where each professional relates with a free text style, pictures, what has been your experience, dynamic and/or tools used, once each of the Laboratories in the library. Creative and professional Dynamics emerge amazingly.

The portable Labs project of Reading has become a successful project, for several reasons. We have made a step forward in the promotion of reading; 60 network libraries have incorporated this activity quarterly in its programming. Secondly, we have created a community of learning and expertise among staff at the XBM, which makes it possible not only to incorporate new libraries to the project, but they, too, grow a sense of belonging based on a shared project. Finally, we have managed to take over the staff of the XBM in this format and, to improve the knowledge about children’s literature.

With the portable Reading Labs project Manager of Library Services starts a new path as is setting up new lines of work aimed at enhancing the talent and the ability of innovation of professional network. Our challenge is to produce a new leadership more facilitator to create new conditions for innovation and creativity among the libraries of the network. It is possible from staging new work frames ideal for sharing knowledge and experience, and grown the creativity of the people, as well as their capacity for collective construction.

You can see some pictures from the Laboratori « Avui és un bon dia per canviar el mon » (Today is a good day to change the world) from the library Caterina Albert in Tona (Barcelona)

Laboratoris de lectura