Katara Cultural Village announced the launch of a new initiative, which involves collecting donated books and giving them to those who love to read for free at a gallery from 23 to 25 October 2014.

Held at the Corniche in Katara, the gallery will provide hundreds of free used books in different languages and various topics to the public. It aims to encourage reading and promote the culture of voluntary and community work.

Used books will be kept in designated trunks near the Katara beach on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The books will be on display for readers, who can pick what they want to read on these days from 4 pm until 12 am (midnight).

This initiative is being undertaken by Katara as part of its responsibility in terms of promoting culture, literature, science and knowledge, and making them easily accessible for the public. As quoted by The Peninsula, Dr Khalid Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, Director-General, Katara, said:

The idea of this gallery will be based on donation of used books from the public and after being received by the Katara administration. They will be put into the gallery and showcased on Thursdays, Friday and Saturday to whoever who needs to take a book and read it…it is essential that the gallery acquires a large collection of books that will foster the exchange of knowledge and science among people.’

Stressing that there are many people who have books that they do not need, Dr Al Sulaiti calls on residents, citizens and institutions to donate used books by contacting Katara on 6664 4031 or delivering books at the Cultural Village headquarters in building No. 22.