Qatar National Library (QNL) has said its “beautiful Rem Koolhaas-designed building may still be closed to the public”, but the library continues to increase its online offerings and will be running a series of events for people of all ages throughout June.
All of these courses will take place through the Microsoft Teams conferencing application, the library has said in a statement.
“This month, we’re once again collaborating with Studio 5/6 to help children discover a wealth of new digital skills from the comfort of their own homes,” the statement notes.
“Makers at Home will allow students to discover a variety of new digital skills, including gaming, digital electronics, 3D modelling, coding and app development, and virtual reality.
“Our free online camp will help create the digital developers of the future — please visit our website for details of dates and how to enrol.”
On June 8, heritage lovers can attend an online training workshop, Preservation and Conservation of Manuscripts.
Experts from the Manuscript Restoration Centre at Al-Abbas Holy Shrine Library in Iraq will guide participants through the process of restoring and preserving documents of historical value across the Gulf region.
Also on June 8, the library will be doing a deep-dive into the art of storytelling for children with learning difficulties.
This online session for parents and caregivers of children with learning difficulties will introduce effective storytelling techniques to inspire their children’s imaginations.
On the same day, it will run a course looking at apps for language therapy for children.
Mental Imagery Therapy for Autism (MITA) is a unique, early-intervention application for children with language delay and autism.
MITA trains mental integration and language, starting with simple vocabulary, and progressing towards higher forms of language, such as adjectives, verbs, pronouns and syntax.
“We can help you become a master of public speaking with our lecture on June 15. Attendees will learn new techniques to speak with confidence in front of an audience. They will also learn the benefits of writing and practising, and how to find a balance between their voice and body language,” the library said.
“Would you like to master the art of storytelling to young children? Learn everything you need to know about the importance of reading for the little ones on June 17. We’ll also explain the science behind the importance of reading to the development of your child's brain and the concept of reading and early literacy,” it adds.
For more information on all of the events taking place this month, one can keep an eye on the library’s website and social media channels for the latest information.