Young Bookworms

Jul 01, 2018
Details of upcoming Abu Dhabi Children's Library revealed

In light of the eagerly anticipated reopening of the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) recently announced details of one of its exciting components: the Abu Dhabi Children’s Library, a space in the heart of the city specially designed for and catering to children.

Great thought and planning has gone into the development of the library - expected to open in March 2019 - in terms of creating a vibrant space dedicated to dynamic and interactive education for children of all ages.

“The Abu Dhabi Children’s Library will provide creative opportunities for digital engagement and emphasize the importance of the library as a rich and welcoming space for children within the local community," said His Excellency Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.

"It will also allow us to support the development of Arabic literacy and creative programmes that will enrich and enhance learning outside the classroom. We hope to inspire a new generation of readers, starting them on a life-long journey of discovery,” he added.

Spread over three floors, the 5,250 sq m facility has been divided into several age-appropriate, immersive social spaces. Drawing inspiration from pop-up books, the library will boast three-dimensional learn/ play spaces in which children can physically immerse themselves, becoming part of a story.

Each foor will have a different design concept that has been inspired by the diverse landscapes of the UAE. The frst floor will transport visitors to the desert while embracing themes of tranquillity, peace and meditation. Children will be invited to read on sand dunes, climb onto camels or huddle into four-wheel drives. The second floor will feature an oasis landscape with a falaj water channel flowing with books, offering children a diverse space within which to broaden their minds – be it exploring with friends, or spending time alone with a book.

The collection will house a large and diverse collection of books, including fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, autobiographies and audio-books. Children will be encouraged to talk, perform, play and interact with one another in collaborative, open spaces. Multiple quiet zones for concentrated reading and studying have been designed throughout the library, delivering more meditative spaces for concentration and focused learning.

The library will host a wide variety of compelling public activities, workshops and reading classes in dedicated learning environments. Year-round programmes on literature, art, film and music will turn the library into a vibrant cultural hub that inspires excitement, exploration, participation and creation. A dedicated exhibition space will host exhibitions showcasing the works created by children as well as displays for younger audiences.
 
 
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