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The National Library Just Got 100 Copies of Children's Encylopedia from Britannica

Encyclopedia’s not dead.

Most people get their information off the internet these days, but that doesn’t mean there’s no room for printed books anymore. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a revered name in the old school tomes, has announced that it has donated 100 copies of its new one-volume children’s encyclopedia to the National Library of the Philippines. These books will then be made available through public libraries and bookmobile operations that serve remote areas of the country. 

Unlike old encyclopedias whose entries were listed alphabetically, the richly illustrated, 424-page Britannica All New Kids Encyclopedia has a narrative structure and tells “the story of the world from the beginning of time to the present day and even glimpsing into the future.”

Photo by Encyclopedia Britannica.

It’s published by Britannica, which was known for centuries for its printed encyclopedias, but has now transformed into a global publisher of curriculum and digital solutions. The company ceased publication of the multi-volume Encyclopaedia Britannica in 2012 but has continued to push a new, limited program of print publications as a way to reach students around the world who don’t have reliable online access.


“The new Britannica All-New Kids' Encyclopedia will pique Filipino children’s interest and instill a love of reading at a young age,” the National Library of the Philippines said in a statement. “Thank you for supplying us with this beautiful one-volume encyclopedia that will encourage our children to become keen readers and consumers of information.” 

“Britannica is thrilled to support the Philippines National Library to promote the reading habits of our younger learners and establish the foundation for lifelong learning,” said Theodore Pappas, executive editor of Encyclopaedia Britannica. “Our children’s encyclopedia is a wonderful book for early learners—for sparking their curiosity about the wonders of the world, both big and small—and for readers in areas without easy access to the Internet or to new educational resources.”


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