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Digital library for children

Digital library for children

As the schools and other education institutions around France open for the new academic year, the National French Library (Bibliothèque Nationale de France- BNF) has inaugurated a digital library dedicated to children. The library is doted with a reading room, rare books in e-format, a curiosity cupboard and a playing room, among other features.
BNF digital library for children

A new reading space for the new generation, the library offers hundreds of reading material from nursery books, albums, encyclopaedias, adventure stories, tales, legends, art and poetry books in the 'virtual reading room' (salle de lecture). These books are put together from BNF collection to introduce children to a world of reading with fun. Rare books (réserve des livres rares) will take the reader on a historical journey of antiquated books, turned into digital facsimile copies, such as the « Roman de Renart » and « Livre des Merveilles »by Marco Polo.TheCuriosity Cupboard (cabinet de curiosités) proposed discovery of legends such as the King Arthur and Indian legends and history using puzzles, images to explore, jumbled text etc.

 

BNF digital library for children
The section on India under the 'curiosity cabinet' includes richly illustrated information on Mughal Emperors, Taj Mahal, Indian Music, Hindu mythology that includes illustration of churning of celestial nectar, incarnations of Vishnu etc. with audio commentary in French.There is a section for parents that allows them to help their children on their reading adventures and a section for teachers also that allow them to use specific tools within the academic structure 

 

The BNF proposes to keep adding newer digital reading material for children. Soon to be added are 'a story room' with audio-visual and sound content; Gallery of images, Laboratory, a personal space etc. The digital library has been made possible by the support from the Ministry of Culture and some editors of books/ written material destined at the young.

Website of BNF Children