Qatar National Library (QNL) has planned a series of events and activities in December to showcase knowledge, history, and arts. These activities aim to take visitors on a journey of discovery, exploring the Qatari heritage and its rich history.
Starting on December 3rd, the library will launch a series of podcasts titled "Interact with the Library" as part of the 3rd season under the title "A Journey into the World of Diving and Pearls in the Gulf".
On December 4th, Nadia Al Manaei, a crafts and handicrafts instructor, will give a lecture on traditional Qatari women's fashion, discussing the aesthetic value of heritage and authenticity. Nadia will showcase the origins of the female traditional attire, the stages of its evolution, and various stitches and embroidery techniques used in these garments.
In addition, a unique hands-on workshop exclusively designed for women on traditional Qatari weaving, also known as al sadu, will be held on December 13th. Led by Zamelah Al Marri, the workshop will focus on the art of weaving wool, a traditional craft that has been an integral part of the Bedouin way of life.
Later in the day, the library will host a panel discussion as part of the Qatar-Indonesia 2023 Year of Culture. The discussion will highlight the contributions of Qatari and Indonesian women in the STEM fields. The panel will feature Qatari and Indonesian female engineers and scientists who will share their experiences and advise young adults who aspire to follow in their footsteps.
On December 16th, QNL will host a seminar titled "The Memories in a Private Collection in Qatar: Al Jaber Family Archive," which will provide a captivating glimpse into social history, the journey of families, and their rich cultural legacies. The seminar will highlight the Al Jaber family collection, a trove of rare books and documents that reflect the scientific and cultural development of the people of Qatar.
Meanwhile, on December 24th, the library will host a session on the story of Palestine in support of the People of Gaza, who continue facing dire and challenging struggles amidst the ongoing Israeli aggression.
On December 29th, as the month draws to a close, the library will host a delightful puppet show for children. The show promises to be a wonderful experience, showcasing enchanting and entertaining stories that the whole family can enjoy together.