Model Children Library Islamabad

Libraries are a great place to foster the love of books, reading and community. Since we are visiting Islamabad from Canada, we decided to explore public libraries especially for children. Growing up in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, visiting Army Central Library and the Islamabad Club Library was a beloved part of our weekends. Sadly, there aren’t too many libraries that are open to the general public. A discussion on the Urdu Mom facebook page led us to the Model Children Library in Islamabad and here’s our review of the place!

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Zahra: A Story of Courage & Resilience

Today I’m sharing a story of courage and resilience that will inspire many. Zahra is no ordinary girl but one who has faced the struggles of life with a smiling face. She is a mother, daughter, a Montessori teacher turned Human Resources Specialist and a Chef by choice. Her story needs to be shared to give hope, strength and confidence to any girl who is feeling overwhelmed with life.

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A Tale of an Old Books Store

Old Book Stores were always a special place with the sweet smell of old pages and piles upon piles of affordable books. As a child, I loved that not only were the books cheaper than new ones but that I could bring in my own books and exchange for more. Every time I visit Islamabad, there are many changes that have taken place, some pleasant, some not so much. But there are a few things that remain unchanged and are a welcome constant. Old Books Collection in Jinnah Supper is one such constant. I had always visited the shop and expected it to stay the same. The owner Malik Ejaz recently passed away though and this time when I visited the shop, I learnt much more about the shop through the courageous lady sitting behind the corner.


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Urdu Letters Treasure Hunt

We have been covering the Urdu alphabets in our weekly Urdu story time and recently reached “say”. This called for some revision and a little celebration! Last summer, we were visiting my sister in Manila and learning the Urdu alphabets. Here’s a little game we played to celebrate the same milestone! Play an Urdu Letters treasure hunt to reinforce the sounds and look of the Urdu alphabets. Read More.


14 Tips to Plan a Trip to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

The tulips have started to bloom in the Skagit Valley. If you have ever dreamt of walking by fields of tulips ala “dekha eik khawab” (I know, I have!), now is the time to plan your trip. The valley is an hour away from Seattle and two hours from Vancouver. We visited the tulip fields two years back and I have fond memories of an amazing trip. Sharing some tips which I felt made our visit enjoyable.

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Urdu Story Time

Story time is an important and fun way to pass on the love of Urdu to young children. Not only does it increases their vocabulary but it also develops their interest in the language and the curiosity to learn more. Here is your one-stop destination for all resources you need to introduce your children to Urdu Story Time, conduct your own or join our weekly one! My daughter and I conduct a Story Time every Saturday on the Urdu Mom facebook page at 8.30 pm Pakistan Time, 9.30 am MST, 11.30 am EST and 3.30 pm GMT. 


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