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Future Library

Two years ago, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation conceived the idea to contribute to the development of a public and municipal libraries network all around Greece, in order to enhance the significance of the libraries, as learning centers and places of creativity and interaction, in people's minds.

Future Library was born in Veria, in 2011, with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation being its exclusive donor. Soon it emerged as a living community which constantly embraces new cities, familiarizes their residents with the libraries and aspires to be linked to the National Library of Greece, once the latter moves to its new premises at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.

Since 2011, the team of Future Library, in collaboration with the libraries which participate inits network, has organized more than 5.800 events in more than 100 Greek cities, with 110.000 participants in total.

December 9 & 10, 2013, the 2nd Future Library Unconference 2013
Benaki Museum

Over 400 guests, thinkers and doers from the global creative community will come together in the Benaki Museum for the 2nd Future Library Unconference, to participate in numerous stages and workshops, interact and exchange ideas with creative professionals.

Scholarships for Balkan nationals have been provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and for Members of the Europeana Awareness Public Library Network by the Europeana. For the duration of the Unconference, participants may book their stay, upon availability, in several hotels around Athens, in special discounted rates.

The schedule will be announced progressively and will be full of surprises.

December 6 & 7, 2013, "Creativity Marathon"
Side Events

The Creativity Marathon marks the official launch of the Medial Labs, in nine (9) Public and Municipal Libraries in Drama, Levadia, Nafpaktos, Kozani, Trikala, Corinth, Keratsini-Drapetsona, Helioupolis and Chania.

These libraries are being transformed into modern, friendly and pleasant places, with the support of Google, Aarhus Public Libraries and the Mozilla Foundation. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is the project's exclusive donor.

Make, learn, play, relax, share are the five key words which describe the spirit of the Media Labs !

Co-working, brainstorming, relaxing, meeting, reading, web browsing spaces and even 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.

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The event will not require a fee

Apply to join our volunteer team!

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