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A childhood spent in the libraries of Quetta

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Stories from an attic: A childhood spent in the libraries of Quetta   Vaqar Ahmed In those days, books were written for either children or for adults. There was nothing specifically for a teenager or a young adult. —Creative commons Unlike the densely populated and highly volatile Quetta of today, the city in the ’60s

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The magic of libraries

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‘The magic of libraries’: Why we need them, by Joseph Coelho     Published on: 03 October 2017 Author: Joseph Coelho Author Joseph Coelho mounts a passionate defence of libraries – and explains how they really help our communities. I grew up next to the best library in the world, West Hill Library – my beautiful, wood-panelled library.

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The calamity of the disappearing school libraries

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The calamity of the disappearing school libraries     Debra Kachel Professor of School Library and Information Technologies Program, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania     From coast to coast, elementary and high school libraries are being neglected, defunded, repurposed, abandoned and closed. The kindest thing that can be said about this is that it’s curious; the

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Public libraries, e-lending, eating out and rasgullas

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Public libraries, e-lending, eating out and rasgullas   Rauf Parekh   COLONEL Muhammad Khan, one of Urdu’s celebrated 20th century humorists, once wrote that when a librarian complained that the number of visitors to the library was dismal and rarely did a book get issued, he suggested that to lure the readers a rasgulla (sweetmeat

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10 Inspiring Bookshops around the World

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If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. – Henry David Thoreau       Just some shops that sell books that I think are worth crossing oceans for…   1. Libreria Alta Acqua, Venice, Italy [Aubrey

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The most beautiful bookshops in the world

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The most beautiful bookshops in the world       By Fiona Macdonald Polare, Maastricht As a start-up that aims to sell fiction through online subscription is hailed as the future of books, what place is there for the humble bookstore? The future of one iconic seller is currently uncertain. The Polare bookstore in Maastricht came

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