Sayyid Haitham opens chil­dren’s li­brary

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Oman’s first Chil­dren’s Pub­lic Li­brary was of­fi­cially in­au­gu­rated un­der the aus­pices of H H Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq al Said, Min­is­ter of Her­itage and Cul­ture on Mon­day.

Lo­cated in Qurm, the li­brary is spread over an area of about 9,000sq m.

The build­ing with five floors has a var­ied col­lec­tion of books in­clud­ing topics such as tech­nol­ogy. The build­ing also has one floor ded­i­cated to work­shops.

Sul­tan al Salmi, board mem­ber of chil­dren’s li­brary said, “We op­er­ate from 10am to 3pm on week­days, but we are plan­ning to ex­tend the time in fu­ture to host more visi­tors. We are also plan­ning to ex­pand our link with the pub­lic through pro­grammes, mem­ber­ship, mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion and re­source ex­change. We want chil­dren to ben­e­fit from the li­brary.”

The li­brary caters to chil­dren in the age group of three to 17 years. There are six trained staff too.

Speak­ing at the event, Dr Sayyida Muna bint Fahd bin Mah­moud al Said, said, ”To­day is the of­fi­cial open­ing and we are de­lighted as a lot of hard work has gone in to make this project a suc­cess. We cur­rently have 10,000 ti­tles and we will be in­creas­ing it by 10,000 more in 2018. We in­tend to in­crease the col­lec­tion to 50,000 in fu­ture. Plans are also afoot to dou­ble the staff to ac­com­mo­date evening ses­sions and week­ends as well. Be­sides the books, the li­brary has the best in tech­nol­ogy, keep­ing in mind the in­ter­ests of chil­dren to­day.

“Cur­rently, we have been re­ceiv­ing visi­tors from schools. We would like to see chil­dren com­ing with their fam­i­lies af­ter school hours. This is what we in­tend to pro­mote.”

She added, “We have both Ara­bic and English ti­tles. There are some Ger­man, Ja­panese and French books too. Do­na­tions are wel­come es­pe­cially from the em­bassies. We will open a for­eign sec­tion ded­i­cated for such books. We will also teach new tech­nol­ogy, new ideas and in­cul­cate good morals in chil­dren.”

(Mus­cat Daily)

H H Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq al Said in­au­gu­rates the li­brary in the pres­ence of Dr Sayyida Muna bint Fahd bin Mah­moud al Said

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