KARACHI: Karachi Metropolitan Corporation has decided to establish a modern library for children where books on various subjects would be available for study to the children under 15 years.
Administrator Karachi Saqib Ahmed Soomro has directed senior director culture, sports and recreation to promptly work out and submit the plan and suggestions for setting up the library in Markaz-e-Ilm-o-Saqafat (City Auditorium) so that work on it could be started after getting approval of the project.
He was inspecting the fine art library during a visit where, he said the trend of getting benefit from books and libraries was declining in our society and it had become necessary to reinstate that penchant towards reading by starting from children.
Soomro instructed that children library should have favorite children books and periodicals with all other facilities for study and reading in a well standard environment.
He said the present hall of Markaz-e-Ilm-o-Saqafat should be used for this purpose where a general library was already situated.
The administrator said in the first phase the children library would be started with 3500 books and with a capacity of about 10,000 books the stock would be increased gradually.
He said the first children library in government sector would have books in English, Urdu and Sindhi on the subject of literature, art, designing, painting, poetry and other subjects. The facility would also include a lecture hall where senior teachers would give lectures on art and study.
“The cooperation from private sector is also sought for the library as an NGO had donated 2,500 books for the children library, whereas, efforts were on to get more such donation of books from private sector,” he said.
Soomro said the children library which would be located in the central area of the city prove a unique library in the country offering millions of free reading book and study on art and other subjects.