Provision of home libraries begins in Sharjah

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Provision of home libraries begins in Sharjah

Sharjah - A total of 250,000 books will be distributed to 5,000 families in Sharjah before the end of the year.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Mon 9 May 2016, 8:11 PM

Last updated: Tue 10 May 2016, 10:06 AM

Knowledge without Borders (KwB), Sharjah-based cultural project, has commenced its provision of home libraries to Emirati families in Sharjah. The initiative forms part of its strategy to equip households in the emirate with sources of Arabic knowledge that are readily available and easily accessible for all generations.
Titled the 'Home Library' initiative, the activity sees eligible Emirati families able to visit their local councils and receive their books free-of-charge. It is expected that a total of 250,000 books will be distributed to 5,000 families in Sharjah before the end of the year.
"After months of careful planning, we are delighted to announce that the Home Library project has entered its distribution phase, which once completed, will see a quarter of a million books given to families in the Emirate of Sharjah. The initiative implements the directives of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and is in line with his vision to disseminate and promote the culture of reading among the Emirati community," said Rashid Al Kous, General Manager of KwB.
The list of purchased books to be distributed under Home Library includes titles written by Dr Shaikh Sultan as well as books on education and poetry. Other areas and subject matters include children's literature, science, culture, philosophy, politics, technology, history, archaeology, nutrition and cooking. Emirati families residing in the Sharjah suburbs of Muwaileh, Moghaider and Waset will be the first beneficiaries of the programme and should be present at their local council office with their Family Books, passports and Emirates ID cards to receive their allocation of free books.
Al Kous added; "Our implementation of the distribution phase of Home Library follows the survey that we conducted in collaboration with the Sharjah Department of Statistics and Community Development and Feedback Company, the findings of which we unveiled in November 2015. Based on the survey results, which identified the various interests of the different generations in Emirati families, we purchased 80,000 books from publishing houses that participated in last year's Sharjah International Book Fair. These books form the first part of our distribution phase."
A KwB delegation recently paid a visit to Moghaider Council in Sharjah, where they met with Shaikh Majid bin Sultan bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Director of the Department of Suburbs and Village Affairs in the Emirate of Sharjah (DSVA), and DSVA's officials and members. During the visit, Shaikh Majid discussed with the delegation ways of enhancing cooperation between KwB and the DSVA councils, with the representatives agreeing on effective mechanisms of distributing the libraries to Emirati families throughout the rest of the year.

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