The Qatar National Library is operating at full capacity; nearly 70 events scheduled in November


The Qatar National Library will offer a wide variety of events in November as it eliminates reservation requirements and once again welcomes visitors at full capacity. Members will have the opportunity to explore a variety of topics including music, artificial intelligence, art, cuisine, poetry and heritage.

The winners of the Qatar National Library Open Initiative Award will be named on November 3 during a virtual session, closing the Open Access week. The prize will be awarded to the best initiatives that have contributed to the advancement of the open scholarships in Qatar during the past year.

At November 4, the library will host “Speech Modeling for Your Child” to discuss key factors that can help parents become speech models for their children to support their speech and language development.

At November 6, renowned photographer Mashael Al-Hejazi will lead a workshop on “Cyanotype Photographic Printing Process (Blue Printing)” to explore the history of this fascinating artistic process. The workshop will take place in the Artist in Residence gallery of the fire station.

The library will also launch Calligraphy Week on November 6. The week-long event will introduce participants to artistic Arabic calligraphy, artificial intelligence for art, culture and heritage, and library resources on Arabic calligraphy. In addition, the Library will also host an Arabic calligraphy competition.

On the same day, the session “The Importance of Volunteering in Youth Lives”, presented by young volunteer Jassem Al-Ashar, will explore different volunteer work and some of the most important characteristics that volunteers should have. Participants will also learn how to search for institutions looking for volunteers.

At November 10, music lovers can enjoy the Qatar Philharmonic live concert in the library or via Instagram while taking listeners on a journey performed by the Woodwinds Ensemble. The concert will feature compositions from around the world, including musical pieces by Jacques Ibert, Darius Milhaud and Malcom Arnold, among others.

At November 11th, Dr James She of Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Dr Ahmed Elgammal, professor in the Department of Computer Science at Rutgers University, and Sydney Chiche-Attali, lawyer specializing in art and law, will talk about the challenges posed by the artificial intelligence in the arts and humanities.

As part of the Qatar-U.S. Year of Culture, the library will host a virtual workshop on November 16 featuring Qatari master Sadu, weaver Zamla Bakheet Hamad Almarri, in conversation with historian Dr. Myrah Brown Green New York art and quilter master. During this conversation, artists will exchange traditions and techniques learned about their respective arts, including shadow weaving.

The library’s first community reading event will take place on November 21, with author Lilas Taha discussing his novel Bitter Almonds, the story of a Palestinian orphan who, due to the Israeli occupation, finds himself far from his homeland. The community reading activity started in October, with members and patrons being encouraged to get a copy of the book from the library or read the e-book provided on the library’s website.

At 23 november, members will have the opportunity to be inspired by an online conference “Power Lunch: Qatari and Russian Library Roundtable”, during which library directors from Qatar and Russia will share their most influential international collaborations, fields of research and programming, successful changes in services during COVID, and more.

The month of events will end on 29 november with “Sweet Fusion: A Dessert Masterclass with American Chef William S. Dissen.” Chef Dissen, known for promoting sustainable cuisine and considered a pioneer of the farm-to-table movement, will offer a masterclass demonstration of American desserts fused with traditional Qatari sweets. His restaurant in North Carolina was voted “Best Classic Restaurant” in America by a contemporary magazine for dining and cooking. The event will be organized by the Library in collaboration with the United States Embassy in Doha to celebrate the Qatar-United States Year of Culture 2021.

The library will also be offering other educational and engaging events throughout November 2021. For a full list of events, please visit the Events page on the library website (

Source: Press release
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