Veria Central Public Library

Renovation

For improvements to and expansion of the Children´s Library.

The Veria Central Public Library is a legal entity of public law, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs. It was established in 1953, when the city’s municipal library was upgraded to a public library. The Library has 23,000 registered users, 40% of the city’s population. The Magic Boxes, the Library’s Children’s Corner constructed through the SNF’s grant to the Library, offers a completely novel environment for children. The Library conceived of Magic Boxes as a space for children to experiment and develop life-long skills and digital competencies. Emphasis is placed on promoting reading, creativity and digital literacy. Children attend creative workshops such as robotics, 3D gaming, storytelling, painting, sculpting, theater and music. The Library has formed numerous collaborations and partnerships with European public libraries and other cultural organizations. Finally, it should be stressed that the Library was the recipient of the 2010 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Access to Learning Award (ATLA).