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    Library instils reading culture among Anjara residents



    By Taylor Luck

    ANJARA - Eleven-year-old Aramis Ayoub barely read a book before the Anjara library opened in 2008.

    "We had no books here, there was no library in Anjara. I was never really interested," he told The Jordan Times yesterday.

    Now a voracious reader, Ayoub said he has gone through every storybook in the library since it was established 18 months ago.

    Meanwhile, Dana Haddad, 11, said she spends many afternoons in the learning centre, poring over nonfiction books.

    "It's nice to have Arabic books on different subjects; I learn something new every day," she said, noting that she particularly likes books on the Kingdom's history.

    In order to boost learning in the Ajloun Governorate village, the Polish embassy supplied over 1,000 books from Lebanon on Monday, as part of its efforts to support learning at the local level.

    "These books come as Poland's commitment to promote learning and strengthen Jordanian-Polish ties," Polish Ambassador Krysztof Bojko said during a ceremony yesterday.

    The Polish government extended 12,000 euros for the purchase of the books to increase the titles available in Anjara and Smakiyyeh in Karak.

    "This is a chance to give something to the local community, and I hope the library will continue as a meeting place for all Anjara residents," Bojko told The Jordan Times

    Imad Twal, director general of the Latin Patriarch school administration, said the library comes as its efforts to increase learning at the community level, stressing that the initiative supports both Muslim and Christian students, as well as local residents.

    Under a programme titled, "Maktabti", or my library, the learning centre was established in early 2008 adjacent to the Latin School in Anjara, where some 200 students are enrolled.

    Financed by a $35,000 grant from the Polish ministry of foreign affairs and implemented by Family International Community Services, the library houses thousands of Arabic books as well as a computer corner, providing students with e-learning tools and other multimedia learning programmes.



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