Though schools may not be in session this season, children in Qatar can keep on learning, thanks to the educational events hosted by Qatar National Library (QNL) this June. The summer holiday, according to QNL Director of Research and Learning Services Abeer Al Kuwari, is an excellent time for school-aged children to explore new areas of learning outside the classroom. He said that the events organised this June at QNL are designed to give kids a fun, educational, hands-on experience in a creative and welcoming environment.
On 6 June, Wednesday, QNL’s wide collections will be introduced to all library members. This event will include activities on how to use the catalogue and help users do their own searching.
Young Arabic readers will hear the story of one of Prophet Mohammed’s companions, a hero embodied with the virtues of strength, courage, patience, and the love of God and His Messenger on 9 June, Saturday. Attendees can also take part in arts and crafts activities related to the companions of the Prophet, peace be upon him. Participants are also encouraged to check out the extensive collection of scientific books in the library’s young adults collection and share their learning through the Wonders of Science.
After Eid Al-Fitr, QNL is offering an interactive workshop on environmental sustainability in Islam, which will address questions about sustainability, its importance, and how it fits with Islamic teachings.
Aspiring thespians can tap into their talents at the Little Actors Workshop on 20 June, Wednesday, where they will be introduced to the world of theatre through role-playing activities.
Mechanics: A STEM Activity for Teens on 22 June, Friday. An exploration into the scientific principles of cams and cranks, with young participants getting the opportunity to build working models.
Aspiring writers and university students are invited on 23 June, Saturday to attend an interactive creative writing workshop. The event will explore the basics of creative writing and offer tips on the different elements of writing a book.
On 25-26 June, Sunday and Monday, Education Specialist Salah Al Yafei will present a lecture for parents on developing positive relationships with young adults, focused on influencing behaviour, and helping develop positive values.
Dr Ayman Elyyan continues the QNL lecture series on 28 June with ‘The New Media and Public Interaction with the News’, where he will present the results of a study on the influences that control readers during their interaction with the news press. Both events will be in Arabic.
Register for QNL events at qnl.qa/en/events.