Doha: The Qatar National Library (QNL) will host culturally rich and engaging events and activities in February, capturing the country’s sporting atmosphere on National Sports Day.
The Children’s Library, in conjunction with Little Thinking Minds, will kick off the month on February 1 with the “Ballout Athletic Friends Competition.” Children ages 7-11 will engage in reading, art and sports in fun and creative ways, and winners will receive books, coupons and certificates of participation. Applications must be submitted by February 22.
On February 2, Dr. Basma Ahmad Sidqi Dajani, professor of Arabic language and literature at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, will give a lecture on “Arabic language and aesthetics in cultural communication”.
On February 9, the library will host the session “Experiences of Children’s Librarians in Qatar: Virtual School Library”, during which school librarians will share their experiences in Qatar.
The session will also discuss strategies to attract children to reading and ways to teach them to choose the right books.
On the same day, children will have the chance to learn how to read a story expressively from a professional storyteller during the Little Storytellers session.
The Library’s five-day Virtual College Fair will begin on February 20 to provide students with the opportunity to learn about admissions processes and academic programs at several US, Canadian and European universities.
Participating universities are EducationUSA, Arkansas State University, State University of New York, Bishop’s University, Douglas College, University of Prince Edward Island, University Canada West, University of Guelph, McMaster University, Northern College, University of Winnipeg, Ontario Tech University, Concordia University, Lakehead University, Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology, Memorial University, Grenfell Campus, Dalhousie University, Georgian College, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, University of Waterloo, University of Regina, UniLasalle, Algonquin College, University of Iowa and University of Manitoba.
On February 21, the Library, in its role as IFLA’s Regional Center for Preservation and Conservation, will host a virtual conference entitled “Combating Art Trafficking: A Special Focus on Manuscripts”. The course will be offered in English, with translations into Arabic, Persian and Turkish.
On February 24, author Najat Ali will take part in the Arabic Book Club Meetup to talk about her recent book, Gratitude is a Way of Life, and her experience as a writer.
On the last day of the month, February 28, thinkers and writers from across the MENA region will gather to discuss the impact of sport in literature in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and to celebrate the years of Culture Qatar MENASA 2022.