Posted on February 07, 2018

Qatar National Library (QNL), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), has a full schedule of events planned throughout the month of February, including an evening of classical music with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra is also a member of QF and flutist Aleksandr Haskin, along with an ensemble of string players, will perform a variety of music including tangos, flute showpieces, and Michel Legrand’s exquisite song ‘You Must Believe in Spring’ at QNL’s special events area on February 15. The concert is part of the ‘Philharmonic at the Library’ series. “We are delighted to be partnering with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra to give the community an opportunity to hear the music of some of the greatest composers in history, played by Doha’s world-class musicians,” said Dr. Nouf Khashman, Outreach and Community Engagement Manager, QNL. “At QNL we seek to educate through as many channels as possible, and live concerts are a great way to expose people of all ages to the beauty of music.”

Aspiring musicians can also take advantage of QNL’s ‘Introduction to the Music Studio’ course on February 24, which will offer QNL members the chance to play musical instruments, and make use of the recording equipment and software at the library’s ‘Innovation Station’.On February 9, young musical talent from Qatar Music Academy will perform at QNL, showcasing their skills in both Western and Arabic music.

In addition to the music-themed events throughout February, QNL will continue to advance its mission to expand librarianship across Qatar when it hosts several workshops for elementary and secondary school librarians. The courses will help school librarians acquire new skills to better assist students and advance their careers. On February 23, QNL will also host a public forum exploring the role of public libraries in facilitating environmental-related sustainable development goals in Qatar.

To that end, QNL recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Joaan Bin Jassim Joint Command and Staff College Library. The partnership seeks to promote mutual co-operation in education, training, and research, to build information awareness programs, and to provide reference services, inter-library loan services, and electronic information services. Additionally, QNL invites parents to register their children for a unique event, ‘My Library’s Gym’, which aims to engage children in a wide range of sporting activities while teaching them how the library can help them get physically strong and healthy.

“QNL is a community resource for everyone, and that includes people looking to live healthier lifestyles,” said Jooza R. Al Marri, Public Services Manager, QNL. “What better way to complement our collection of books on exercise and well-being than hosting an exciting day of running through Education City?”

A full list of QNL events can be found at www.qnl.qa.

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