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 Sharjah Public Libraries launches four initiatives to celebrate Reading Month

This March, Sharjah Public Libraries (SPL) will celebrate UAE Reading Month with a series of initiatives designed to foster a reading culture. With these interactive activities, SPL branches in the emirate aim to raise awareness about the importance of reading in enhancing creativity and developing diverse skills, aligning with the country’s knowledge-based vision.

Sharjah main branch conducted a workshop titled ‘tell me more’ designed to foster a reading culture among children and this activity will be for those from 7-12 years old. The participants will gain knowledge on letter writing and correspondence via post, with the workshop offered in both English and Urdu languages.

The Wadi Al Helu branch will organise a workshop on March 7 that brings together winners from various reading competitions in the eastern region that were held for those aged 6-18 years old. The participants will discuss the books they have read, with each member presenting their success story and shining light on the role of reading in shaping their intellect and talents.

The Kalba branch will host the ‘Reading and Sustainable Cognitive Development’ forum on March 8 at the Al Hefaiyah Mountain Conservation Centre and will be targeted towards adults of all ages. This event will explore the reasons behind the shortage of reading habits among individuals and bring together a distinguished group of Emirati authors and poets, including Wadad Bushnin, Sheikha Al Mutairi, Ali Obaid Al Zaabi, Aisha Al Bairaq, Perwin Habib, Kholoud Al Mansoori, and Ahmed Barakat.

The forum, moderated by media personality Aisha Al Zaabi, will delve into the importance of promoting a reading culture and broadening knowledge in Emirati society. The speakers will brainstorm possible solutions for increasing the number of individuals who engage in reading activities.

On March 9, the Dibba Al Hisn branch will conduct a workshop titled ‘Read, Understand, Summarise’ designed to hone participants’ concentration skills and extract important information from their books. The workshop will cater to those 6-13 years old and aims to enable participants to obtain a beneficial outcome that helps them manage their time efficiently and make the most of their reading activities.