Free pop-up libraries are coming to Sharjah

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Bookworms, dig in – four regions in Sharjah are being sent book boxes.

Knowledge without Borders (KwB), the Sharjah-based cultural initiative, wants to inspire readers with its ‘Take a Book, Leave a Book’ drive.

Pop-up libraries will appear in Al Shuwaiheen, Al Rahmaniyah, Al Qarain Walkway and near Green Belt Park, encouraging visitors to take a book from the box and exchange it with another.

Titles available to take and read for free will include the genres of children’s literature, science, culture, fiction and non-fiction, technology, history, archaeology, nutrition, cooking, poetry and education. To cater for avid book lovers, the KwB will switch them up so there’s always fresh reading material on offer.

Noura Binhadyia, Manager of KwB, says the aim is to promote the emirate as the UAE’s cultural capital, after the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) chose Sharjah as its World Book Capital of 2019.

More than 42,000 home libraries, each containing 50 books, have also been given to Emirati families in Sharjah and in 2016, a mobile library (pictured) toured 250 destinations.

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Noura adds: “In the coming period, we have plans to expand the initiative to new areas in the emirate to offer more residents the chance to share their books with each other in an easy and innovative way.”

Dubai dwellers can also borrow and swap books for free with the Books for All project, which has lending stations around the emirate.

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