x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

US librarians praise Sharjah International Book Fair

The initiatives of Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, in supporting public libraries have been commended by officials in the United States.

SHARJAH // The initiatives of Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, in supporting public libraries have been commended by officials in the United States.

The praise followed the successful participation of the Sharjah International Book Fair in the annual conference and exhibition of the American Library Association in Philadelphia, the state news agency Wam reported.

The event attracted hundreds of librarians from public and private libraries from across the United States and around the world.

Speakers praised the Sharjah ruler’s gesture in reopening the Egyptian Scientific Institute in 2012 and providing it with more than 4,000 original manuscripts, books and rare encyclopedias from his private collection.

Ahmed Bin Rakkad Al Ameri, the book fair’s director, and Salim Omar Salim, its head of sales and marketing, met the president of the American association and other senior officials during the event.

They discussed how to improve sharing experiences between the organisations, and Mr Al Ameri gave an overview of some of Dr Sheikh Sultan’s initiatives.

He also talked about how Sharjah aimed to promote reading among children to develop knowledge and public culture in the Emirate and the UAE.

They also discussed the possibility of holding events and activities by the American Library Association in Sharjah, in parallel to the Sharjah International Book Fair, said Wam.

Talks also included the possibility of the book fair participating in the US association’s activities and its annual conference.

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