Many local universities, libraries and bookshops will be joining hands with EUNIC in promoting the Europe Readr digital platform. A pop-up library will be set up under the treetops of the Misr Public Library gardens. A series of interdisciplinary workshops on sustainable lifestyle will be carried out.
Library under the Treetops launch
On 26 July, the Library under the Treetops was launched in the Heliopolis Botanical Garden of the University of Cairo. More than 200 books in Arabic, English, Italian, German and French are available to visitors until the end of September, when the Library is moving to the Misr Public Library Park, also in Cairo.
In the shade of the trees of the Botanical Garden, visitors can lounge on a unique furniture made from completely natural materials and enjoy reading a varied selection of books. By scanning the QR code, they can easily access the Europe Readr digital library.
The Library was opened by Mateja Prevolšek, Slovenian Ambassador to Egypt, and by Helmy Abouleish, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Heliopolis University and Director of the SEKEM Initiative, who highlighted the vital importance of reading culture. The cultural part of the programme featured a performance by Trio Cairo, which was followed by a reading from the book The Little Prince.
Library under the Treetops moves to Misr Public Library
On 24 November 2021, the Library under the Treetops was opened in the garden of the Misr Public Library in Cairo. The Library started its journey in the Heliopolis Botanical Garden and has since then become extremely popular, especially among younger readers. The very concept of an open-air library arouses a lot of attention and curiosity in readers, as it represents a different and new experience.
We are grateful to all partners that made this project possible and are delighted to see that we are united by the same desire to promote a culture of reading and to build bridges between cultures with books.