Sharjah Public Library offers free membership to mark UAE Reading Month – News

Dubai – New initiatives stem from the mission to instill a love of reading in all age groups, said the director of the Sharjah Public Library.

By Saman Haziq

Posted: Fri, Mar 5, 2021, 2:23 PM

Sharjah Public Library (SPL) is offering free annual membership to mark UAE Reading Month.

SPL, which is an affiliate of the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), has launched two initiatives – “Everyone’s Library” and “Reader to Reader”, in line with the 2021 Reading Month theme “My Family Reads”, and aims to instill a love for reading with children.

Under “Everyone’s Library”, SPL offers a free annual basic membership to those registering in March, online or in person. Paid memberships will resume in April 2021. However, academic institutions, government entities and private companies do not fall under this initiative, SPL said in a statement.

The reader-to-reader initiative involves the exchange of books between SPL employees. Each employee will offer a book he / she has read previously to his / her colleague and discuss what he / she has read in special weekly sessions called “30 minutes of reading”. Details of each session will be posted on SPL’s social media. This initiative aims to motivate SPL employees and subsequently instill the habit of reading in their communities.

Eman Bushulaibi, Director of Sharjah Public Library, said: “The new initiatives stem from SPL’s mission to instill a love of reading in all age groups, to stimulate their intellectual curiosity and their quest for knowledge with a variety of resources in all genres. Ultimately, we aim to help our communities turn reading into a daily habit.

“These initiatives align with the National Reading Strategy, which aims to cultivate a reading culture in the UAE, build a knowledge society and equip successive generations of leaders with the appropriate skills and experiences to foster sustainable development. UAE, ”she added.

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Eman Bushulaibi, Director of the Sharjah Public Library. Photo provided

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