Khaleej Times Dt. 04.03.2011 – Sharjah Used Book Fair to conclude today
4 March 2011 SHARJAH — The fourth edition of the Used Book Fair, organised by the Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services, will conclude today at Khalid Lagoon.
The book fair being held under the theme, “The Treasure of Knowledge,” aims to promote the value of books as well as to highlight the importance of facilitating, acquiring and developing a culture of reading in the community.
The used books are offered between Dh1 and Dh20, and all the books are provided by school students.
“Since last 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,” said Jihad al Taher, head of the organising committee.
The fair with 120 stalls by 52 schools and 53 organisations has more than 500,000 books on display.
The availability of quality readable books of different languages and topics at reasonable price has attracted lot of book lovers to the fair.
Children from schools visited the fair during the morning hours and families took the place during evening hours.
A centre stage is available for children to showcase the talent during the event days.
Notable amongst the stalls is one by the SCHS, where children can write their own stories with illustrations and get a certificate from the SCHS. There is also a stall set up by the SCHS whereby children can spell their name using sign language. Book displays include stalls by Manzil, Art of Living, Creative Mums, Embassy of Japan, Chinese Community and other organisations and schools.
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