Once upon a time, a northern emirate decided it would help make books accessible to all of the people that lived within its realm.
And with such a beautiful coastline, beaches were a natural place to include in that story.
The Sharjah Beach Library initiative was set up to introduce bountiful book shelves on beaches across the emirate. It’s the latest in a series of projects carried out by authorities for the year-long Sharjah World Book Capital 2019 celebrations. A UNESCO appointed title, given to cities as an appreciation for their commitments to supporting the pursuit of reading.
Donde esta la biblioteca?
The first library is on Al Khan Beach, it’s already open to the public and features over 100 titles in multiple languages.
More libraries are set to open on other beaches in the emirate soon, but there was a Mobile Beach Library launched with the Al Khan Beach ‘first edition.’ This library on the back of 4×4 can be taken to any of the accessible beaches in Sharjah.
The second phase of the initiative launched Sunday evening (25th August) at Al Khan Beach 2, with a celebration of the shared love of literature. Adults and children gathered in storytelling circles as readers took turns to tell tall tales from their favourite books.
It’s an initiative that includes Knowledge without Borders (KwB), Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), Sharjah Municipality and Sharjah Ladies Club (SLC) as collaborating partners.
What’s your favourite book to read on the beach? How about a bit of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe? The Beach, by Alex Garland? Brighton Rock, by Graham Greene? If you’re looking for some inspiration why not check out our summer chill-out book list.