“Young people are in a moment in their lives that is full of decisions about their identity and their place into society. For this reason, it's important to dialogue with them.” Gemma Rodríguez
On 8th April, the 8th Public Library and Social Cohesion Conference took place, organised by the Consorci de Biblioteques de Barcelona. This year the conference revolved around the participation of young people in public libraries and the attendance was surprisingly successful. The conference hosted the round table "Young people and creation" with the participation of Nahide Arabadji, from the cultural centre Det Fria Ordets Hus from Växjö; Carles Giner, from the creators programme at the Barcelona institutes In Residence; Esther Subias, from the Technovation Challenge project, aimed at girls between 10-18 years old; and Gemma Rodríguez, from the Engage! project, leaded by the PEN Català.
On April 9th-10th, there was also an Engage! exchange between Swedish and Catalan librarians that closed the meetings that began in May 2018. During their visit to Barcelona, Swedish people could visit the libraries of Bon Pastor, Sagrada Família and Sant Ildefons where they discovered several projects such as "Debat a Bat", as well as the work done in Barcelona’s neighbourhoods with children and young people.