Making books and documents available for foreigners in order to foster integration - that's what the initiative Scaffali Interculturali (Intercultural Shelves) is doing in the Italian Valle d'Aosta region with the support of the local government.
In order to provide foreign citizens with the tools needed to foster their inclusion and knowledge of Italian culture, the Valle d'Aosta region, in the Alps, is promoting the Scaffali Interculturali initiative. At the Bruno Salvadori Regional Library of Aosta, readers can find publications on intercultural themes, from integration to different cultures from around the world.
The regional government noted in a statement that the purchase of new books was made possible through the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), co-funded by the European Union.
Works in several languages to get to know Italy
The regional government said that for foreign citizens specifically, "there is a selection of works in many languages including Arabic, Chinese, English, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, and Ukrainian, as well as numerous texts to understand the Italian language and culture."
A list of the books available can be found
on the website of the library. Children and adolescents can find many publications specifically for them, including books on different continents and traditional tales from many parts of the world.
Multimedia facilities and intercultural initiatives
The library is also planning to host several intercultural events aiming to increase knowledge of the different cultures that coexist in Italy and the region. A working group at the library focuses on developing activities and initiatives for reciprocal knowledge between different cultures.
"Considering that migration and integration are one of the crucial nodes of contemporary society, the library makes tools and space available to deal with these issues in their complexity," the regional government said in its statement.