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Malala Yousafzai opens new Library of Birmingham today

Malala Yousafzai opens new Library of Birmingham today

The new £188 million Library of Birmingham is to be opened today by Malala Yousafzai, the women’s rights campaigning teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban last year on a school bus near her former home in Pakistan.

Malala, who was treated in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and now lives in the city, said she was “honoured” to be part of the opening ceremony of the library.

The sixteen year old added: “The content of a book holds the power of education and it is with this power that we can shape our future and change lives. There is no greater weapon than knowledge and no greater source of knowledge than the written word. It is my dream that one day, great buildings like this one will exist in every corner of the world so that every child can grow up with the opportunity to succeed.”

Her own copy of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho will be the last book to be placed on the shelves before the ceremony begins at 11am, and the library officially opens to the public.

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