Malala Yousafzai, the teen who was shot in the head by the Taliban in Pakistan and has become a beacon for women’s rights, officially opened a library in Birmingham, England. After being shot, she was treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, and she considers the city her second home, she said in her opening speech. This is no ordinary library: its colossal collection has 1 million books, more than 200 public-access computers, theaters, an exhibition gallery, and music rooms. Malala says books and education are key to fighting terrorism and promoting peace.
“Books are precious,” she says.