The Sharjah World Book Capital Office (SWBC Office) has launched the ‘Sharjah Beach Library’ initiative to lure beachgoers into the world of written words, to promote and instil the habit of reading amongst members of the community.
The latest initiative was launched on Friday, at Al Khan Beach, in collaboration with Knowledge without Borders (KwB), Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), Sharjah Municipality and Sharjah Ladies Club (SLC).
The library at Al Khan Beach is filled with more than 100 titles in various languages covering a variety of topics and caters to all age groups. More of such libraries are scheduled to be set up on the various pristine beaches in the Emirate. This initiative is the latest effort in the realisation of Sharjah’s vision to make books accessible to all segments of society.
KwB inaugurated a ‘Mobile Beach Library’ in continuation of its 2010 ‘Mobile Library’ initiative. A mobile library attached to a 4X4 car will be visiting different beaches in Sharjah.
Marwa Al Aqroubi, Project Manager of SWBC said “The beach library initiative is in line with the Emirate’s mission to promote a culture of reading among all members of society. This initiative is the product of various cultural institutions and partners coming together to realise the cultural vision for Sharjah set by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, which was recognised internationally when the Emirate was crowned World Book Capital 2019 .”
The Project Manager pointed out that the ‘Sharjah Beach Library’ project is one of the activities celebrating UNESCO’s World Book Capital title, and part of its six main guiding themes that include nurturing a culture of reading and raising community awareness about its importance.
Mariam Al Hammadi, Director of KwB, said the initiative is keen on participating in various cultural events in Sharjah. She noted that the Sharjah World Book Capital 2019 title encouraged all cultural bodies in the emirate to double down on their efforts to promote a culture of reading and reach a wider segment of the community.
“The ‘Mobile Beach Library’ project comes as part of our ongoing mission to not only reach a wider segment of society but also break the stereotypes about culture and reading being confined to a traditional setting. We believe that books need to be a constant companion at all times, due to its importance in expanding knowledge and broadening horizons,” she concluded.