Twenty years ago, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) opened its doors in Alexandria, Egypt – honoring the memory of the great ancient library and recapturing its spirit by aspiring
What is the role of the BA today in Egyptian public life and society –
and its role in the future?
Director Mostafa El Feki will address the BA as a success story Thursday, February at 1pm Eastern Time. Register here to receive the Zoom link.
It was just ten years ago that the events of Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books transpired – there are many resources on this website to help students understand this critical time in modern Egyptian history. I will be sharing Hands Around the Library and Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words during World Read Aloud Day on February 2, 2022 – speaking with 3rd through 5th graders in Canton, MI (Miller and Tonda Elementary Schools); Silver Spring, MD (Glenallan Elementary) and Clifton, NJ (School 17). Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like a Read Aloud or other virtual presentation.
I am also pleased to invite you to an intergenerational writing workshop sponsored by Politics and Prose independent bookstore in Washington, D.C. on March 22 6:30-8pm EST. I will be talking with Young People’s Poet Laureate Naomi Shihab Nye about Turtle of Michigan, the sequel to her highly acclaimed Turtle of Oman, as Aref moves to Michigan and works to remain close to his beloved grandfather back in Oman. Young people and their parents and grandparents follow Naomi’s writing prompts about home: so essential to the many ways we see ourselves. Middle grade teachers and their classes can join at a deeply discounted rate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Finally congratulations to all of this year’s American Library Association Awards – and be watching for more to come in 2022 – Children’s Africana Book Awards, Middle East Outreach Council Book Award, Arab American Book Award, USBBY (United States Board on Books for Young People) –Linda Sue Park and Kadir Nelson are USBBY nominees for the prestigious IBBY 2022 Hans Christian Andersen Award, joining 62 candidates from 33 countries. The winner will be announced on March 21 at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
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Karen Leggett Abouraya