Seven-year-old student in Al Ain sets up free library to encourage other children to read
Seven-year-old student in Al Ain has created a free library with his collection of 500 books to motivate children to read
Ayaan Tariq, who is in third grade, hopes to reduce screen time among her peers by fostering a love of reading.
He set up the library for the children in his neighborhood in January, and more than 100 people have borrowed books.
“I love books and I started reading when I was three years old,” he said.
“I started this library six months ago because I wanted other people to enjoy reading and I didn’t want them staring at screens all day.”
Ayaan invited children aged 4 to 13 to visit his library.
“I made sure my library was free because if people had to pay they would think I was doing this for money,” he said.
“Some of my friends and neighbors come and at least 15 children borrow books every month. “
Ayaan also likes to recommend books to others.
His father passed on his reading habit to Ayaan, and his mother bought him books.
Ayaan started reading activity books but switched to fiction.
Brighton College pupil Al Ain has accumulated his collection over many years and has books suitable for children aged four to 13.
Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Child series, Roald Dahl Charlie and the chocolate factory, Francesca Simon Dreadful Henry books and Dav Pilkey’s Captain Slip tales are among his favorites.
He also enjoys books for advanced readers, including those by David Walliams.
The family has converted a room outside their house into a library, and Ayaan keeps a file when she lends books.
It follows Covid-19 safety measures and children must wear masks and gloves in the library.
Books are disinfected after each use and children are asked to disinfect their hands when they come to borrow a book.
“One day I was buying a book for Ayaan and the trader asked me if I had an older child for whom I was buying the book,” said his mother, Moomal Tariq, a doctoral student at UAE University. United Arabs.
“When I told him it was for my seven year old son, he said it was for the older kids. When he heard Ayaan read, he was surprised.
“I realized his literacy skills were advanced for his age and invested in books for him.
When the family returns home to Pakistan, they carry bags full of books for Ayaan.
“Our message to people is that children should not be glued to screens,” Ms. Tariq said.
“Children should be introduced to books as early as possible.
“Whenever we travel somewhere, we don’t give Ayaan any gadgets.
“Give your children books so they can explore different worlds every day. “
She said Ayaan’s principal Jonathan McArthur and other teachers encouraged her to read by giving her new books every week.
Ayaan’s father, Dr Tariq Farhad, a family doctor in Al Ain, said his son had finished reading prescribed for grade 3 and was already reading books in grade four.
Ayaan is working on the publication of his detective comic and aspires to become an author or painter when he grows up.
The student won the story writing competition at the Sharjah Book Festival in 2019, receiving the prize of 3,000 Dh.
He has a variety of fiction, non-fiction and Islamic books in his collection.
Daisy, the Quest adventures collection and books of the How to train your dragon, Grand Nate and Mr. Gomme series are among the titles on the shelves.