The Amsterdam Public Library (Photo: Jorge Royan/Wikimedia Commons) - Credit: The Amsterdam Public Library (Photo: Jorge Royan/Wikimedia Commons)
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 - 08:48
Amsterdam library collecting books for asylum seekers, pop-up reading rooms
The Amsterdam Public Library is collecting new and second-hand books to open three pop-up reading rooms in asylum centers in the capital. The reading rooms will be filled with books donated by Amsterdam residents, news wire ANP reports. According to the library, books help refugees to learn the Dutch language. They also act as a distraction and help with relaxation. The library is calling on residents to donate new and used children's books, picture books, comic books, dictionaries and books about the Netherlands and Dutch language. Books and magazines in English and Arabic are also welcome. Those who donate books are asked to also leave a personal message for the refugees who will be reading the donated books. The library plans to organize other activities, such as readings and assistance with the Dutch language. The library also expanded its collection of Arabic and English books at the branches near asylum centers.