'Reading in Le Havre' is an overarching project encompassing a diversity of initiatives and facilities and is structured around 3 themes based on the concept of 'Reading is an adventure'.
A day-to-day adventure:
A new library at the Niemeyer site:
with a surface area of approximately 5,000m², a multimedia library service aimed at a broad public will be provided at the Petit Volcan as well as associated services and a comfortable and convivial atmosphere for everyone.
The Bibliothèque Armand Salacrou:
this facility will be developed after the contemporary collections have been transferred to the library at the Niemeyer site. In addition to conserving the heritage of Normandy and its collections, making them publicly available and promoting them, other library resources and services will be provided.
The new Graville and Mont-Gaillard libraries:
these two libraries will be revamped. the first by being relocated to premises which are larger and more accessible to the public, and the second by raising its profile in order to increase its local impact and to take better advantage of the attractions of the tramway.
The Relais Lecture (reading centres):
These are small, local, public reading centres with facilities offering further activities and services for local inhabitants. The reading centres welcome a broad public, from toddlers to senior citizens, individually, as families or in groups.
3 are already open (SAM Massillon, Maison de Sanvic, SAM d’Aplemont) and 9 are due to open over the next two years (Pôle social Pré fleuri, the districts of La Mare rouge, Soquence, Bois de Bléville, the southern districts, etc.).
Domicilivres: In 2012, the town of Le Havre is going to create a new service for the home delivery of books, aimed at people who are home-bound, isolated or with reduced mobility. This personalised service will be rolled out in conjunction with the Centre Communal d’Action Sociale (C.C.A.S).
An adventure at any age:
Le Havre – National education system partnership: regular school visits to libraries are going to be extended to the reading centres, re-designed and made more user-friendly. There will be an initiative involving school libraries, whose programme to equip schools with facilities is ongoing (H.Génestal, M. Robespierre, P. Langevin).
Reading together: the libraries and reading centres are developing partnerships with organisations which look after infants, senior citizens and disabled people, as well as with medical, leisure, educational and commercial establishments: returning books, on-site events, reading clubs: please contact the cultural mediation department for further information (N. Beaufort-Lamy, 02 32 740 740).
Reading outdoors: come along next summer to the public gardens, the play areas and the beach and participate in all sorts of fun events centred around reading in Le Havre!
An adventure to be shared:
'Le goût des mots' literary festival: the next festival, themed around cultural diversity, will take place on 27, 28, 29 January 2013 at Magic Mirrors.
One book, one reader: great and beautiful texts read by renowned actors and writers: another way of experiencing reading.
Writer in residence : The town invites a writer to take up residence for several months in Le Havre. The aim is to bring the people of Le Havre together for a shared experience and to promote creativity and writing.