QNL kicks off the summer with an exciting lineup of events

The National Library of Qatar will kick off the summer season with a series of events and activities that provide learning and development opportunities for children and young adults and explore historical and scientific topics. The library will also host several in-person events and workshops to meet community needs.
On May 14, young adults can join a session presented by volunteer Jassem Al Ashar, where they will learn about volunteer work and the most important traits volunteers should possess, as well as how to find institutions that need help. volunteers.
To celebrate the International Day of Light, the Library will organize a conference on May 16 to discuss the publications of eminent Arab scholars on Arab contributions to the development of humanity’s knowledge in optics.
To celebrate the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, the Library will organize an event on May 19 to celebrate the richness of the world’s cultures and the essential role of cultural diversity in achieving peace and sustainable development. .
On May 21, young adults can take part in a workshop that will introduce them to the basics of data science, with live demonstrations of the applications of these technologies. The session will be led by John Laurence Zabanal, a professional data scientist who has been involved in creating various data science related projects.
The library will host the first annual forum for library professionals titled “Libraries in the lead”, with the theme “Libraries as catalysts for the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals”. A pre-forum workshop will take place on May 22, where participants will learn about Community-Library Interaction (CLIA), a mindful practice for libraries aimed at facilitating community dialogue and action that leads to social transformation. The CLIA workshop will present a process that enables libraries to lead by engaging with the community. On May 23 and 24, the Library will host the two-day Libraries Lead Forum which will focus on library programs, services, collaborations and initiatives that advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030 Agenda. . The forum will be a place where libraries and institutions will share their efforts to advocate or support one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
On May 23, the Library will host a conference on “Western Travelogues to Mecca”. The Heritage Library houses a significant number of books by Western travelers on the Middle East and North Africa region, as well as an interesting and notable collection of rare books on Western travelers in the holy city of Makkah during the 17th and 19th centuries.
As the Regional Preservation and Conservation Center of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) for the Arab region and in cooperation with the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK), Lebanon, the Library will present a series of four webinars that highlight collection care procedures, curatorial practices, and preservation activities adopted and applied by the USEK Library.
The first session, held on May 23, will address basic care principles and practices for paper and leather-based collections. On May 24, a session will present the history and technique of papermaking and the various factors and causes of deterioration, from the environment to handling. On May 25, participants will be able to attend a session to explore the case study of the fundamentals of care applied to the USEK Library: daily routine of care, conservation strategy, procedures and practices, followed by a final session May 26, to guide the best conservation of materials and an exploration of best preservation practices.
On May 25, the Library continues its “Manuscript Studies Lecture Series”, with a session that provides a historical overview of library and museum collections in Turkey. Discussing the value of these collections as one of the greatest repositories of Islamic manuscripts in quantity and quality, the lecture, given by Dr. Ramazan ?e?en, will share professional experiences on the challenges and opportunities that offers his work.
Additionally, the author of ‘The Cat I Never Named’, Dr. Amra Sabic-El-Rayess, will be at the library the same day to talk about her book, the amazing memoir of a struggling Muslim teenager. to survive in the midst of the Bosnian Genocide and the stray cat who protected his family through it all.
On May 26, the Library will host an online book discussion for the visually impaired. The session will discuss the audiobook “Hayy Ibn Yaqzan”, which tells the story of a person who grew up alone on an island and examine his relationship with the universe and religion.
The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at the “Unravel” Library, a unique project that combines music and visual art on May 26. Created and executed by Mariya Medvedeva, the project depicts the effects of music on the artist’s perception and inner imagination visualized on canvas.

Jennifer C. Burleigh