Oman Avenues Mall, Dar al Atta’a initiate educational activities for children
In the run-up to the launch of the ‘Let’s Read Children’s Library’, Oman Avenues Mall, the largest mall in the sultanate, and Dar al Atta’a, Oman’s inclusive charity organisation, have launched literary activities in the mall premises aimed at promoting early reading among children which would nurture a knowledge based society.
With the launch of the ‘Let’s Read Library’ now imminent, activities such as storytelling sessions, book donation drive and Maktabati mobile library visits are being organised by the mall. Earlier this year, Oman Avenues Mall had partnered with Dar al Atta’a, for hosting a permanent venue for ‘Let’s Read Library’ at Oman’s premier lifestyle destination. The distinguished Dar al Atta'a Let's Read Programme has been promoting reading since 2007 and has been achieving its objectives by selling subsidised books, opening libraries, holding book drives, readathons and writing competitions across the country.
Among the educational activities being held at the mall, the storytelling sessions encompass narrating traditional stories from across Oman governorates to children. While the storytelling sessions are now being organised on the ground floor of the mall, in the future, the sessions will be organised at the soon-to-be opened ‘Let’s Read Library’ on the third floor of Oman Avenues Mall which shall be the permanent home to the Let’s Read initiative. The library premise would be a vast and expansive themed setting where children and alike can share the joy of reading their favourite books.
As part of the book donation drive, creatively designed book deposit kiosk has been installed across key strategic locations in Oman Avenues Mall to collect new and used books. The objective of collecting books is to create ample variety of reading material for children to be used at the library.
As part of the ongoing activities, Oman’s first mobile bus library named as ‘Maktabati’ equipped with a full-fledged book reading facility will be parked at Oman Avenues Mall. Maktabati, which normally tours around Oman visiting schools, fairs and festivals, gives children access to good quality books in Arabic and English, giving them the opportunity to develop a love of reading.
Gogi George, general manager, Development and Leasing, Lulu Group International said, “The objective is to create awareness for the wonderful concept of reading which Oman Avenues Mall will soon house. The storytelling sessions, book donation drive and Maktabati mobile library visits have created a lot of interest among visitors.”