On Friday, AlManarah received a donation from Israeli author Etgar Keret, for its International Library for the Print-Disabled.
Mr. Keret’s donation, which included signed copies of his books Gaza Blues, One Last Story and That’s It, and The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God, was part of AlManarah’s fall fundraising campaign to garner donations for its online audio library. The International Library for the Print-Disabled, founded by AlManarah in 2013, is the world’s only free, accessible audio library for Arabic speakers who are visually or print-impaired. With more than 3,000 titles to choose from in Arabic, English, and Hebrew, the AlManarah Library is quickly gaining traction both inside Israel and beyond.
Etgar Keret’s works, which resonate with both local and global audiences, will be a welcome addition to the Library; they will be read aloud and recorded here at AlManarah, and added to the online collection in the coming weeks. It is hoped that other authors, both here in Israel and abroad, will also add their works to the donation campaign. A translation project of Amos Oz’s Between Friends is also planned for the upcoming months; a team of local writers has agreed to help AlManarah translate the book from Hebrew into Arabic, for addition to the Library and print publication in accessible format. More information about this and other exciting initiatives will be forthcoming! Until then, please visit our Indiegogo crowdfunding page to learn more about the Library project and to make a contribution.