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With more than one million print books in our collections, along with hundreds of thousands of ebooks, it can be hard to figure out where to begin. In this section, we’ll regularly take a deeper dive into the Library’s collections to learn a bit more, including exploring history through the items in our Heritage Library. We’ll also feature other topics that explore various aspects of our Library. All of the items linked below are either available for members to check out or viewable online. Enjoy!

Calligrapher: ‘Abd Allāh al-Zuhdi (d. 1879)
Egypt, early to mid-1920s

In celebration of Qatar National Day, the Children’s Library hosted a creative writing challenge in Arabic and English. Read the full description of the writing challenge here. If your children are interested in story writing, this post is a starting point for resources to inspire them, help them shape their ideas about the story they want to tell and guide them as they write.

Hilya Inside a Bottle

Calligrapher: Muḥammad Shihāb al-Dīn

Ottoman, 1219 AH/1804 CE

Hilya, meaning “decoration” or “adornment,” denotes both a literary genre and a type of calligraphic composition dedicated to the traditional description of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), based on hadith accounts. The descriptions portray the Prophet as remarkably graceful, attractive and intelligent, but distinctly human, not divine.

Being close to our children has given us many skills, opened many doors to us and offered us many opportunities to make their lives full of fun, warmth, learning and knowledge.

Our celebration of this year's Qatar National Day will be in a new fashion. We will celebrate with our children at home and in doing so, we can enhance their identity, enrich their knowledge, refine their skills and answer their questions.

Even in this unprecedented time, the Library is still serving young adults in our community, providing educational support for these unique circumstances. Under the supervision of Ahmed AlMalki, Head of the Young Adults’ Library, the department offers many services, facilities and resources that you can explore both in the Library or online.

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When Frank Hickinbotham worked as the British Political Agent in Kuwait in the 1940s, he struggled with boredom and isolation. The records of his personal purchases detail the importance of books in combatting the monotony, and his choices offer an insight into the role of reading as a response to his situation.

More than 75 million children and young adults are in urgent need of educational support in 35 crisis-affected countries. This is a staggering statistic, particularly since those affected are already among the most vulnerable due to political, economic and social circumstances.

A healthy blend of excitement and nervousness in just the right balance is in their felt by children and parents alike. New avenues appear, milestones are set, doors to imagination open and opportunities galore.

The world as we know it has changed and normal has a different definition. Nonetheless, what we do best is adapt and continue to adjust to what is placed before us.

Soon things will go back to where we left them, and it will be time to press the play button.

Johann Sebastian Bach, born 21 March 1685 in Eisenach, modern-day Germany, is considered one of the greatest classical composers. That lofty status would have come as a surprise to his contemporaries, since at the time of his death in 1750, Bach’s musical style was seen as outdated and he had little influence.

Many literary and historical texts from the Persian and Ottoman periods, such as Shahnameh, Eskandar-nāma, Nizami Ganjavi and others, have miniatures depicting the Holy Kaaba. This miniature is from a Persian manuscript, most likely the classic poem “Laila and the Madman,” by Nizami, about the famous love story of Qays ibn al-Mulawwa  and Laila. In the poem, Qays is advised by his father to ask God to spare him from suffering by circling the Kaaba and eagerly holding the Kaaba’s door ring.