September 26, 2021

Occupy Library Innovator Hub’s first Sharing Café: Welcome to Romania! 21st of October, 10:30 EEST

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and libraries provide support for communities to grow and develop. And they do that at all times: normal times or during an emergency crisis and even a pandemic. Sharing experiences and visions help build knowledge and contribute to  spreading and adaptation of innovative ideas. And working together makes small ideas grow into big changes for better communities.

Join Progress Foundation and National Library of Romania at Welcome to Romania – Sharing Café and learn about the Romanian context and opportunities, get info about local initiatives and about ways libraries and CSOs can make the world better! 

Come together for a conversation around ways in which public libraries and CSOs are bringing change and innovation at the grassroots level, contributing to answering people’s needs and community development. 

Have a coffee, talk with other librarians and CSOs professionals from Central and Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Black Sea, and Caspian Sea regions, learn about their experiences and share your feedback. 

Join the “Welcome to Romania – Sharing Café” by registering here: 

The networking and coffee will be an online conversation amongst the people in the room, encouraging sharing and looking for inspiring expectations. This is a forum for open minds, generosity of thought and curiosity to learn.

For further details:

Anca Râpeanu, Project Manager

Occupy Library Innovators Hub website:;


About Occupy Library Innovators Hub

The Occupy Library Innovators Hub project is implemented by Progress Foundation Romania, in partnership with Сentre for Cultural Management (Ukraine), Library Association of Ukraine (Ukraine), EduAct (Greece), Library Association of Moldova (Moldova), National Library of Moldova (Moldova), Ashoka România (Romania) and National Library of Romania (Romania) in the framework of the “Black Sea NGO Forum Sub-granting Scheme For Activities That Support The Development Of CSO Regional Networks”, within the project „Building CSO Capacity for Regional Cooperation within the Black Sea Region”, implemented by the Romanian NGDO Platform – FOND with the financial support of the European Union. The network establishment will organize online webinars and sharing events (October 2020 – March 2021). During the project, case studies and best practices will be documented and compiled in a comprehensive collection to be made available online to all interested stakeholders.

The goal of this endeavor is to provide support for public libraries to contribute to active citizenship and life-long learning in their communities. Moreover, by implementing the project in 5 countries and creating a community of practice among library and CSO professionals, this project aims at learning about the best ways to bring libraries from the region into a professional network through which they can implement shared projects.

About Progress Foundation

Established in 1996, Progress Foundation is an experienced Romanian NGO that pilots local initiatives in the field of education/training, (e-)inclusion and community development, and then scales it up, at national level – as innovative and impactful best practices. Progress Foundation’s projects are developed using county and local libraries as lifelong learning hubs and social innovation centers, to reach out to any social group and/or citizen, especially the most marginalized ones. Starting with March 2016, Progress Foundation is privileged to be a member of FOND – the Federation of Romanian Non Governmental Organizations for Development.

Progress Foundation




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