His colleague, Khaled Abu Al-khair, is a veteran Jordanian print and online journalist, who values reading. When he was just 9 years old, Khaled was burrowing into works of William Faulkner – and reading the great Southern author’s work in the original English.
Dave reports that Khaled made this comment recently:
“Sometimes I wish I was an ant in a library and literally could eat the books up.”
The Library Report takes the liberty of assuring librarians everywhere that the use of the word “literally” here is strictly figurative, and that wherever Khaled goes to slake his hunger for books, the materials he devours will be returned in their original condition.
Dave and Khaled are in Libya for a project sponsored by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, to train journalists in emerging democracies. They are meeting with editors and reporters in their Libyan newsrooms to share practical skills and explore increasing coverage of stories in less-populated areas of the country.