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DCT’s Summer Reading Challenge off to great start across emirate

Organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, DCT Abu Dhabi, the Summer Reading Challenge, part of the “Around the World Summer” Programme being held at the emirate’s public libraries, has achieved great success among all participating libraries in the capital.

The young participants in the Summer Reading Challenge have been challenged to read 30 books by authors from across the world this summer. The Challenge has already seen almost 400 children register and a large number of books have been read by all participants.

The initiative is part of Abu Dhabi Summer Season 2018, which seeks to encourage children and teenagers to read more during the school summer break, while also introducing a range of activities and events that will feature international authors, books, and cultures from around the world.

The programme is being held at Abu Dhabi libraries, including Al Wathba Library, Al Marfa Library, Mazyad Library, Al Bahia Library, Khalifa Park Library, and Al Ain’s Zayed Central Library, and will continue until 31st August.

Additional activities and events include the Young Librarian programme, which invites children aged eight to 14 to become librarians for a month at their closest library, and the “Around the World Summer” Programme, which presents a variety of workshops covering arts, crafts, language, storytelling and innovation at all libraries this summer. In addition, each library will host weekly cultural themes celebrating a country or region, teaching children the nuances of language and culture through activities, workshops and assigned books to read.