Day: March 2, 2011

ഷാര്‍ജയില്‍ യൂസ്ഡ് ബുക് ഫെയര്‍

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ഷാര്‍ജയില്‍ യൂസ്ഡ് ബുക് ഫെയര്‍

ഷാര്‍ജ: ഷാര്‍ജ സിറ്റി ഫോര്‍ ഹ്യുമാനിറ്റേറിയന്‍ സര്‍വീസസിന്റെ നേതൃത്വത്തില്‍ നാലാമത് യൂസ്ഡ് ബുക് ഫെയര്‍ സംഘടിപ്പിക്കുന്നു. മാര്‍ച്ച് ഒന്നുമുതല്‍ നാലുവരെ ഷാര്‍ജ ഖാലിദ് ലഗൂണിലെ പാം ഗാര്‍ഡനിലാണ് യൂസ്ഡ് ബുക് ഫെയര്‍. രാവിലെ പത്തുമുതല്‍ രാത്രി പത്തുവരെയാണ് പരിപാടി.

വാര്‍ത്ത അയച്ചത്: രമേശ് മേനോന്‍

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Open Space – Khaleej Times – Dt. 02.03.2011 – The lessons we learn

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Open Space – Khaleej Times – Dt. 02.03.2011 – The lessons we learn

Open Space – Khaleej Times – Dt. 02.03.2011 – The lessons we learn
Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

2 March 2011

Recently, I had an opportunity to participate in a birthday celebration. It was an important one because, it was the sixth birthday celebration of Manzil, a charitable institution for challenged children located in Sharjah.
I had to travel early from Abu Dhabi and just managed to reach there before the functions started. Having interacted and communicated with the institution only through phone and emails, the visit was very important for me to get to know them in person.
I was really overwhelmed by the enthusiasm with which those children and the staff planned the events. Meeting visitors was also exciting for the students of different age groups. Interacting with them, I felt really privileged and blessed to be among those pure and innocent minds. There were cultural events by students which included songs and drumming and a magic show. Among them one of the senior students got really excited at meeting me and started playing around with my camera.
I allowed him to click and as his demands increased, I quietly allowed him to explore its functions. Watching him one of the teachers told him to go back to his seat and watch the show. He went quietly to his seat and then suddenly came back to me and said, “Sorry Uncle, I played with it and might have damaged it.” I told him not to worry and it was not a problem.
I was however dumbfounded by his words and actions, which in the normal circumstances may not have come from an ordinary child. These were words which people of much wisdom and mobility have now forgotten.
My day became more blessed with the action of that child and the opportunity that I got being among a group of blessed children and those who care for them with such sincerity and devotion.
Incidentally, he and other students from Manzil are participating as volunteers in the 4th Used Book Fair under the theme, “The Treasure of Knowledge.” organised by the Sharjah City of Humanitarian Services, which runs from March 1-4, 2011 at the Palm Garden in Sharjah’s Khalid Lagoon. ßYou may find good books at nominal prices and at the same time your visit may cheer them up for doing more for the society.
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Fourth edition of used book fair opens

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Fourth edition of used book fair opens

Fourth edition of used book fair opens
The Used Book Fair, held under the theme, ‘The Treasure of Knowledge’, runs until Friday, and aims to promote the value of books, as well as highlight the importance of developing a culture of reading in the community.

By Mariam Al Serkal, Staff Reporter Published: 00:00 March 2, 2011 Reader comments (0)
Sharjah: The Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services on Tuesday launched the fourth edition of the Used Book Fair at Khalid Lagoon.

The Used Book Fair, held under the theme, ‘The Treasure of Knowledge’, runs until Friday, and aims to promote the value of books, as well as highlight the importance of developing a culture of reading in the community.

Jihad Al Taher, head of the organising committee at the Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS), told Gulf News that nearly Dh200,000 was raised from last year’s edition of the event, and that all the funds raised during the fair are sent to the various departments that operate under the SCHS.

“The funds go towards various services, which include purchasing wheelchairs or aiding a department that may lack funds. Some parents are unable to pay the fees for their children at some of our schools, so we distribute the money and pay for the remainder of the fees,” said Al Taher.

He pointed out that around 55 private and public schools, and three universities participated in this year’s fair, in addition to 50 institutes, including the Japanese and Chinese embassies, Sharjah Police and the Juma Al Majid Centre. The used books are offered at between Dh1 and Dh20, and all the books are provided by school students.

“Beginning in October, we distributed circulars in schools requesting students to donate their old books for the fair. We are open to all books in any language as long as they are not academic ones,” Al Taher said.

“If visitors pass by and want to donate books, they are welcome to do so. Each stand has about 1,000 books, and the SCHS has one stand for miscellaneous donors, so visitors can drop their books there.”

He added that if there are still many books left on display by Friday, their prices would be slashed, and the books remaining unsold even after that will be kept and used for next year’s event.

Details

What: Used Book Fair in Sharjah
Where: Palm Garden at Khalid Lagoon
When: March 1-4; 10am to 10pm

Will you be attending the Used Book Fair? Do you think reading is still a popular activity? Or have other media taken over?

To read it in original, please visit GULF NEWS online.