Karachi to inaugurate its first-ever ‘street library’ on Quaid-e-Azam’s birthday

All you need to do is just walk to those shelves, take a book of your liking and leave.

In a much-needed first, Karachi will be formally inaugurating its first-ever ‘street library’ on 25th December, the birth anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The densely populated port city has a desperate need for fully-functional libraries to cater to its population. To remedy the growing need, the Sindh Government has decided to establish the street library.

The idea was pitched by Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Ali Shallwani, who is determined to save the country’s dying reading culture. He wants to inspire book-reading habits in people and make books accessible to them.

The library has been established near the Metropole Hotel. Furthermore, the Karachi Commissioner’s Office has also decorated the walls with the beautiful portraits of the Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Fatima Jinnah, and Allama Iqbal.

Renovating the existing libraries:

All you need to do is just walk to those shelves, take a book of your liking and leave. Shallwani, however, is also devising a plan to renovate and upgrade the existing public libraries and equipping them with modern facilities.

”Internet, technology, Google, and [many] spend a lot of time on the computer but a book is a book. Books will benefit youngsters a lot, and if they read, then they can achieve whatever they want in the world,” said the Commissioner.

Reading books makes a person more literate, educated and rational, but Pakistan’s reading culture is in desperate need of saving. This is one of the reasons why our nation is failing in the fight against radicalism since people have become intolerant of others’ views and opinions.

A survey conducted by Gallup and Gillani Foundation Pakistan on 1,178 men and women in rural as well as urban areas of four provinces revealed that only 9% of Pakistanis are keen readers and 75% have not read a single book outside their syllabus.

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