Qatar National Library will host an exciting programme of activities this October to develop knowledge about subjects both close to home and out of this world. The mysteries of space are the subject of several events, as the Library takes visitors beyond the frontiers of Earth. For a more local flavour, throughout Gulf Architecture Month, a series of lectures, along with a conference and exhibition, will be held to explore the different dimensions of traditional architecture in the region, both past and present.
Suhail Star (2 October) In cooperation with Qatar Author’s Forum, the Astronomy Club at Qatar University and Thuraya Planetarium at Katara. Attendess can learn scientific details about the Suhail star to better understand its significance.
The Earth is Not Flat (19 October) Continuing with the space theme, Sheikh Salman bin Jabr Al Thani, one of the most distinguished astronomers in Qatar, will present a lecture on the topic, ‘The Earth is Not Flat’. Sheikh Salman will share his response to claims that the Earth is flat and not spherical.
The Farthest: Voyager in Space (26 October) Library visitors can see the challenges – and rewards – of space exploration with the screening of the award-winning 2017 documentary The Farthest: Voyager in Space. The movie follows people and events around the Voyager mission, the first human-made object to leave the solar system and enter deep space.
GULF ARCHITECTURE MONTH
October is also Gulf Architecture Month, and the Library is celebrating with a series of weekly talks that take a closer look at different aspects and dimensions of architecture past and present in the region. The public talks will be held in English every Wednesday starting on 9 October.
Gulf Architecture Conference and Exhibition (10 – 13 October) Organised by the Library in collaboration with Liverpool University’s School of Architecture, Qatar University’s Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, and Ibrahim Jaidah, CEO and Chief Architect of Arab Engineering Bureau. Academics, researchers, architects, historians and students are encouraged to attend.
Be Conscious: Cybercrimes (14 October) In cooperation with the Economic and Cyber Crime Combating Department at the Ministry of Interior, the Library will host an awareness workshop that will focus on Qatar’s cybercrime laws and highlight the dangers of these cybercrimes, the common behaviours and actions that could lead to legal accountability, how to report cybercrimes, and the role of the authorities. The event will be presented in Arabic.
Glaciers, Sea Ice and Ice Shelves: Why the Ice Poles Matter to Qatar (14 October) This Science Book Forum lecture will discuss how the Earth’s ice caps play an important role in the stability of temperatures and seasons on our planets, especially how their changes have had measurable impacts on Qatar throughout its history.
INTERNATIONAL OPEN ACCESS WEEK 2019
The Library is organising a series of workshops to celebrate the International Open Access Week 2019
Citizen Science Workshop (20 October)
Academic Writing and Publishing Workshop (23 October)
Open Access Week 2019: Open for Whom? (27 October)
Philharmonic at the Library: String Trios from Bach to Ragtime (18 October) Featuring Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra performers Benjamin Gould as narrator, Raluca Gette on violin, Edita Fabek on viola and Harald Georgi on cello.
DLME: The Strength, Capacity, and Promise of Digital Libraries (30 October) The event will discuss the efforts of the Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME) as a result of the partnership between the Library and the Council on Library and Information Resources.
Italian Language Week (from 21 October) In partnership with the Embassy of Italy in Qatar, featuring a series of events that celebrates Italian culture and history. Participants will have the opportunity to learn basic Italian words and phrases.
1. Learn Italian Through Song
2. Evolution of Italian Opera Between 1800 and 1900: Convergences and Contrasts
3. Learn Italian through Food (23 October) presented by Claudio Trovato, Chef at Cucina, Marriot Marquis
4. Il Caffè Letterario: Novecento (24 October) A chance for Italian speakers to informally meet over coffee at the Open Lounge Terrace to read Novecento, a theatrical monologue by the contemporary Italian author Alessandro Baricco.
National Novel Writing Month Kick Off (26 October) Designed to motivate and support all writers to start thinking ahead and planning for ‘NaNoWriMo’. Participants are asked to bring their laptops for warm-up writing exercises. Sessions will be held every Saturday morning until November.
Second Annual Qatar National Library Forum for Qatari Writers (16-17 October) For aspiring local writers; a story-writing workshop will be led by distinguished author Jamal Fayez.
QNL Regular Programme
Chess Club Meets (3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 October)
Arabic Calligraphy for Young Adults (4 October)
Fun Robotics (5 October)
Film Club Meet (11 and 25 October)
To find out more about the events at the Library this October, visit qnl.qa/en/events.