Qatar National Library (QNL), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), has organised an array of events as part of its Qatar National Day 2017 celebrations. The activities, which will be held at QNL’s world-class building in Education City, are designed to highlight Qatar’s heritage and historical achievements. This year also marks the first time that QNL is joining the Qatar National Day celebrations.

Numerous Activities for Children and Teenagers

Qatari author Sheikha Al Ziyara will be reading to children on 15 December. A Puzzle Game, ‘Qatar District Map’, will be hosted on 17 December where participants will learn about Qatar’s geography, while an interactive session featuring ‘Jassim’s Story’ will be held also on 17 December, telling the story of a Qatari child discovering a love of learning.

Teenagers, too, can take part in the festivities. On 17 December, QNL will host ‘Letter to the Nation’ where teens can write letters expressing their feelings about Qatar. They can also work together on a large map puzzle of Qatar designed to educate participants about the nation’s geography.

Dr Sohair F Wastawy, Executive Director of QNL, said that Qatar National Day is a time for the whole community to come together in celebration, and an excellent time for children and teenagers to learn more about the country they call home. He said that the activities at QNL are aimed to foster a love of learning and a sense of pride in Qatar.

QNL’s Heritage Library is staging an exhibition, beginning on 8 December, to showcase some of the rare items from its collection relating to Qatar’s history and culture. The exhibition will feature a historic map of Qatar, dating back to 1482.

On 13 December, the music of the region takes centre stage as QNL hosts a concert by the Marasi Ensemble featuring traditional Arabic music. The Marasi Ensemble, part of Qatar Music Academy and a member of QF, will play several traditional Qatari songs in the authentic maqam musical style.

Other activities at QNL include displays of notable and interesting Tamim Al Majd messages from around Qatar and special activities at the library’s state-of-the-art Innovation Stations. The library’s circulation desk will feature publications about Qatar and its history, so visitors can learn more about the nation and its people.

QNL will be closed on 18 December but the library’s online resources and events can be accessed through its website