Generation Code: Born at the Library 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 15:15

Generation Code: Born at the Library – the interactive exhibition showcasing the top innovative digital exhibits from public libraries across the EU – is back! 

During EU Code Week, on 17-18 October at the European Parliament (Brussels), come and discover cutting-edge technology fresh from the EU libraries that will leave you flabbergasted! This year’s theme is “Smart Cities, Smart Citizens, Smart Libraries” – looking at how future technologies are interacting with libraries across Europe.



Unbeknown to many, Europe’s 65,000 public libraries are a uniquely accessible space for users (both children and adults) to improve their digital skills. In the EU, over 2,3 million people a year attend a digital literacy course in their library, learning anything from basic digital skills to coding. It is a time for celebrating the amazing work that public libraries do every day in filling the digital gap of our communities.

Join and explore the exciting world of coding, robotics, 3D printing, virtual reality and much more with fun activities that simulate the daily work of public libraries in introducing people to new technologies!

You will be welcomed to the exhibition by Robot Zora and Robot Norma, from MuntPunt library in Belgium and DOKK1 library in Denmark, with whom you can make friends.

You will also have the chance to be teleported to ancient Greece and chat with Pythagoras, thanks to the Virtual Reality Time Portal from the National Library of Lithuania.

If you have never tried 3D printing, this is the time to do so, thanks to the device brought by the Stadtbibliothek in Cologne, maybe with the plastic filaments recycled by the Smart Cycler bike from the Dutch Frysk Lab.


The exhibition is hosted by Agnes Jongerius MEP, Michal Boni MEP, Antanas Guoga MEP, Sean Kelly MEP, Eva Maydell MEP and Julia Reda MEP . Libraries representative from all over the EU will be there to welcome you and to tell you what is happening in the public libraries in their countries, you will be surprised!

The exhibition will be launched at 17:30 on Tuesday 17 October by Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Affairs, our host Agnes Jongerius MEP, Gerald Leitner, Secretary-General of IFLA and Piotr Pluta, Director Corporate Affairs of CISCO systems.

On Wednesday 18 October in the afternoon we are welcoming 25 girls (aged 11-15) to join us for a specially organized coding event in partnership with Greenlight for girls.

Greenlight for girls (g4g) is an international, non-profit organisation dedicated to inspire girls of all ages and backgrounds to pursue STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – by introducing them to the world of science in fun and exciting ways! Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable.

    Rockwell Automation and greenlight for girls (g4g) are working together to help inspire young women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Our first event together at Rockwell Automation’s EMEA headquarter office brought together 50 girls for an afternoon of fun and interactive workshops run by role-model professionals, all showing the link between STEM and everything around us. We are thrilled to be teaming up with the Public Libraries 2020 during EU Code Week  to share all the fun & possibilities of programming in an inspiring venue – all while learning how libraries are the new technology hubs!

      The event will roll out from 14:30 to 16:30 in the exhibition space.

      Permanent exhibitors include:

      • Virtual Reality Time Portal, National Library of Lithuania
      • 3D Printer & Virtual Reality, Cologne Public Library, Germany
      • Zora the Robot, Muntpunt Library, Belgium
      • Interactive Floor, SEP Meritum, Poland
      • The Smart Cycler, Frysk Lab, The Netherlands
      • Norma the Robot, DOKK1 Library, Denmark
      • Digital Meets Social Inclusion, Lyon Public Library, France
      • Digital Drawing, Tallinn Public Library, Estonia
      • Interactive Book Recommendations, De Krook Library, Belgium
      • Digital Skills Project, Dublin Public Libraries & CoderDojo, Ireland
      • Finch Robots Takeover, Global Libraries Foundation, Bulgaria
      • Library Map of the World, International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)
      • Networking Academy, Cisco