Over 900 books have been donated since September to barbers in the capital of Khyber Pakhtukhwa province and nearby Charsadda town by Omar Azam Khan, a student in the final year of secondary school. The small local initiative to promote reading has been welcomed by residents of the city that has only two public libraries.
Omar Azam Khan was inspired by a similar initiative in India which recently made the rounds in social media. Classic poetry volumes and international fiction bestsellers are now waiting for those who visit Peshawar barbershops.
The whole province has just 18 public libraries. According to Zahir Ullah Khan, director of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Archives and Libraries, in Peshawar only two are still operating — Main Archives and Library and Rehman Baba Complex Library.
Source: Arab News PK