Kalimat Foundation Brings an Arabic book Collection
to the Largest Children’s Library of Russia
KF’s ‘Pledge a Library’ initiative part of Sharjah’s cultural offerings during Moscow Book Fair 2019
Amna Al Mazmi: Our initiative seeks to help Arab children and youth living outside our region, forge a stronger relationship with their mother tongue and identity.
Moscow, 9 September 2019:The Sharjah-based non-profit, Kalimat Foundation for Children’s Empowerment (KF), has brought a diverse collection of Arabic books to the Russian State Children’s Library – the nation’s largest repository of children’s literature visited annually by 45,000 people with 1.2 million accessing its website. With this contribution, KF seeks to offer children of Arab origin in Russia quality literature in their mother tongue.
Part of KF’s ‘Pledge a Library’ initiative, which seeks to offer Arab refugee children, and those who live in less fortunate communities, access to books. The foundation also helps children develop a fondness for their language and heritage even if they are away from their homelands.
This unique book contributions initiative is in parallel to Sharjah’s larger cultural participation as the 32nd Moscow International Book Fair’s ‘Guest City’, through which the emirate has been sharing with Russians and people from other nationalities the rich heritage and achievements in Emirati and Arab culture.
Amna Al Mazmi, Manager of KF, said bringing this collection to the largest children’s library in Russia was a big step towards introducing quality Arabic children’s literature to thousands of visitors of this library annually, and increase the number of Arabic language books on the shelves of one of the most important children’s libraries in Commonwealth of Independent States.
Al Mazmi said: “Latest statistics reveal that 40,000 people of Arab descent live in the Russian Federation, among which 25% live in Moscow. These figures demonstrate the value of an initiative like ours to enrich the knowledge and literary experiences of the Arab community in Russia, especially for the younger generations who are born there. Our books will help them form a connection with their own culture. Additionally, the books will also satiate the growing interest in the Russian community to learn Arabic and teach their children too.”
Maria Vediniapina, Director of the Russian State Children’s Library, said: “The Russian State Children’s Library extends its profound appreciation to Kalimat Foundation for its valuable gift of a unique collection of high-quality children’s books, which add so much value to our library sources with more foreign language content, amazing illustrations and new printing techniques.”
She added: “These books will be available to all our visitors so they can enjoy a different reading experience, explore a new culture, and learn about new illustration and publishing techniques being introduced to the children’s literary genre.”
Founded in 1969, the Russian State Children’s Library is the largest repository of literature for children in Russia. It contains more than 560 thousand library titles, including books in various languages, scientific periodicals, newspapers, films, audio recordings, video materials and cartographic materials.
KF launched the ‘Pledge a Library’ initiative during its participation in the Sharjah International Book Fair 2017 to provide mini libraries to children in disadvantaged areas and regions affected by disasters and conflicts across the world, and provide them with Arabic books that keep them connected with their culture, language and interests in their Arab customs and traditions.