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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.

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