Qatar Reads – an initiative under Qatar National Library – has celebrated its fifth anniversary with families who have subscribed to its flagship Family Reading Program, enjoying an amazing atmosphere of fun and learning.

Held on 25 May, in conjunction with Doha Quest theme park, the evening was launched by Raja Aderdor, Senior Program Development Officer at Qatar Reads, and was a testament to the Family Reading Program’s interactive and engaging nature.

The event at Doha Quest showcased the initiative’s most prominent milestones and achievements over the past five years and was filled with activities and competitions, including quizzes and interactive poetry. Children who have been part of the Family Reading Program also performed some theatre segments for the 287 family members present and Qatar Reads staff.

The evening ended with a ceremony led by Fatema Al-Malki, Qatar Reads Projects Manager, who honoured the winners of the night’s various competitions, along with the families subscribed to the reading programme.

‘At Qatar Reads, we believe in the power of reading to bring families together and foster a lifelong love of learning. Over the past five years, our Family Reading Program has grown home libraries and impacted the lives of children in Qatar by encouraging them to explore new topics and develop their reading skills,’ Fatema said.

The Family Reading Program fosters a passion for books and the development of home libraries through a monthly subscription service. Specifically designed for children aged 3 to 13, subscribed families are sent a curated selection of books and materials to their homes every month.

The monthly package includes two books, comics, and activity sheets. This diverse selection allows children to explore new topics and develop their reading skills. The package also caters to language preferences, offering books in Arabic, English, or a combination of both, to provide families and their children with a rich and diverse intellectual and cultural experience.

In addition to the monthly books, Qatar Reads hosts regular meetings and sessions on specific topics and issues related to the books sent. This is done to encourage children to discuss what they have read and to cultivate the habit of reading through new and enjoyable methods.

To learn more about Qatar Reads, the initiatives they have developed, or to sign up to the Family Reading Program, visit www.qatarreads.qa.