As tension increases in Egypt over the protests demanding the ouster of President Mubarak, Ismail Serageldin, the Librarian and Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, reports it is the youth—both anti-government opponents and supporters of Mubarak—who have been joining hands to protect the famed library during the bounds of the curfew hours. Not only is it a remarkable sight to see these opposed groups holding hands, but I am so impressed to see it is the youth who are holding these institutions sacred! A bit ironic perhaps—as most young people I know just rely on the Google for everything—but it gives me great optimism on both accounts if this story is true. I do hope calm is soon restored and change comes to Egypt as it is so deserved. See more photos of events and a video here.
Below is an image of the granite exterior of the new library with 120 different scripts carved into the stone surface.