HONOUR THE BEST LIBRARIAN
A new award has been launched to recognise the important role librarians play in encouraging the next generation of readers in the UAE, writes Chris Fraser.
The School Librarian of the Year Award, introduced by the Emirates Literature Foundation, launched yesterday. Pupils, parents and fellow teachers can nominate librarians from schools across the UAE. Isobel Abulhoul, CEO of the Emirates Literature Foundation, said: “A library is a place where you are welcome, and there are lots of exciting things for a child to discover. “School librarians play a vital part in creating this culture and environment and they are, in a way, unsung heroes.” Nominations can now be made online by pupils, parents and teachers at elfdubai.org/en/librarian-award. The closing date for nominations is December 15 and the winner will be announced at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature on March 5. The winning librarians from an Arabic school and an international school will each receive a trip to the Warner Bros Studio Tour in London and accommodation for four people, among other prizes.