Egypt boasts a long and rich history as the country where modern Arabic literature for children first emerged, and it has one of longest-running national prize for children’s literature in the Arab world: the Suzanne Mubarak prize.  There are a number of public libraries in Egypt, with many of them targeting children. However, given the large geographical size and population of the country, an important challenge is to ensure that children in different parts of Egypt, especially underprivileged areas, have adequate access to quality children’s books and library services and are reached by activities that seek to promote reading among children. Its public reading campaign, “Reading for All” celebrated its twentieth year in 2010.

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Integrated Care Society (ICS) is an NGO established in 1978 with Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak as its first chairman. (ICS) initially established many libraries in the poor districts as it considered child development is the key factor in development of the nation. In 1985, (ICS) launched its first public library for the children which was followed by many more in various districts, which soon became a national model for development. It provided many modern facilities in its libraries to encourage children to develop reading habits and made valuable contributions in improving the services of libraries. It made great contributions to the local community development services.
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