Qatar National Library opened its doors to the public in July with limited services, but for the safety of patrons during this time, they will continue to hold more events online, featuring a wide range of subjects to stir the senses.

Accessible Apps for Parents of Children with Autism / 10 Aug

Join this online webinar and learn about accessible apps for parents to support children with autism. These apps provide visual cues to aid communication and help children learn numbers, colours, shapes and sizes. These can also help kids learn to better identify objects and practice social exchanges.

Al Nagda Craft: Legacy and Fashion / 11 Aug

Sign up and join an online introduction to Al Nagda, one of the oldest Gulf heritage crafts. Learn about the art of embroidering local fabrics and costumes with silver and golden wires.

This workshop will explain the concept of Al Nagda and its history and important role in the Gulf culture. It will show the tools and fabrics that were used in sewing in the past, along with a presentation of drawings and types of Al Nagda designs.

The workshop will also highlight how Al Nagda is used in adding artistic touches to Al Malfaa (women’s headcovers) and Al Bokhnoq (a sort of scarf that covers head, neck and shoulders, mostly used by young women). The workshop will answer questions about how the use of Al Nagda has evolved and how this traditional craft has been affected by modernity.

Preventive Measures to Preserve Arabic Manuscripts: Reality and Prospects / 12 Aug

The Library will run a lecture in collaboration with the National Laboratory for Manuscript and Parchment Preservation and Restoration in Tunisia. This will include three lectures by experts from the National Institute of Heritage in Tunisia, and is part of a series of events organised by the IFLA Regional Center for Preservation and Conservation (PAC) at the Library.

The goal is to create a professional network of specialists and exchange knowledge and successful experiences toward the preservation of documentary heritage throughout the Arab region.

Libraries and the Pandemic: A Panel Discussion on Preparing, Planning and Providing / 13 Aug

Join this online discussion to learn how the current pandemic has been a catalyst for change in library services around the world. Librarians from Qatar, the Arab region, Europe, Southeast Asia and the US will share their experiences as they continue providing services during the pandemic, as well as their perspectives on the future of library services.

Panelists include Dr Milena Dobreva from UCL-Qatar, Randa Chidiac from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik in Lebanon and Alicia Yeo from Singapore National Library.

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Sustainable Development Goals / 15 Aug 

Register for this workshop on the impact of COVID-19 on Sustainable Development Goals, the blueprint by the UN which aims to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. Presented by SDGeneration Network and Greener Future, the webinar will introduce the goals and how we can achieve them, and discuss the global impact of COVID-19.

Marginal Texts in Manuscripts: Readings From the Manuscript Collection / 18 Aug 

The Library will run a lecture to look at the textual structure of Arabic manuscript, led by Mahmoud Zaki, the Library’s Manuscript Librarian. This is the third of a series of lectures and talks providing readings of rare historical works from the Heritage Library’s collection of manuscripts. The series is a great opportunity to explore its rich collection and masterworks, along with the Heritage Library’s digital and virtual services.

For more information on all events taking place at the Library this August, visit qnl.qa.