In July 2018 we disseminated through this blog a project that was looking for partners amongst the Public Libraries in Europe to apply to an Erasmus+ grant. It was called The Library Soul and involved professional photography and the recommendations of the library users to design a Reading Promotion campaign.

This project couldn’t get the Erasmus+ grant but Public Library in Pittem (Belgium), one of the libraries in the program, has decided to do it: they asked their readers to have their portraits made by semi-professional photographers of the local photography club Gamma. The result is an exhibition of eight capturing black and white portraits of readers, young and old, men and women, with their favourite book. Each person selected a sentence from the chosen book. This sentence was added to the portrait.

The photo exhibition opened on Friday, October 4th and will then be open to the public until the month of November. After this period the exhibition will travel around within the local community (city hall, Old People’s House, hospital, etc.). As a token of appreciation, the eight selected readers will have their portrait presented in a smaller size at the opening of the exhibition.

The exhibition is one of the activities to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Public Library of Pittem.