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Najjar visits house library project in Madaba

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AMMAN—  The Minister of Culture Haifa Al-Najjar, was briefed on a public library established by a citizen in an old house he inherited from his father in Madaba and named it "Zaman", which contains thousands of books that reflect the Jordanian heritage and welcomes visitors for free, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.  اضافة اعلان

Najjar toured the library facilities which all contained various types of books collected by the owner, Raed Al-Twal, to encourage reading and enrich knowledge and culture among young people.

In a press statement, the minister said that this initiative tells the story of a Jordanian citizen who loves books and has worked on his own project to convert his home into a public library despite his modest financial capabilities.

She added that the Ministry of Culture will help this creative cultural project by classifying books, converting it into electronic library, and placing it on the tourism map in Madaba, noting that these initiatives require the support of various authorities from culture, tourism, the municipality and the local community to preserve it.

For his part, Tawal said that the library’s idea occurred to him ten years ago, as he began collecting books in this house and used the available tools to decorate the library, which contains more than 20,000 books of various contents that reflect the Jordanian heritage during the past century.

He pointed out that with he prepared the place and rehabilitated it until it became a Jordanian cultural heritage landmark that relies on the book as a source of information and culture, and to preserve old copies of precious and rare books and present them to visitors for free.

 He said readers can read the books in a traditional heritage atmosphere that reflects the authentic Jordanian heritage.

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