Qatar National Library (QNL) received a donation of children’s books written by Qatari author Maryam Al Subaiey, founder of Q Talent, from Occidental Petroleum of Qatar Ltd. (Oxy Qatar) during its participation in the Doha International Book Fair on the 4th of December.
The books include four titles; three of the books follow the story of Hamad and Hissa, a brother and sister who go through different situations that teach them about home and road safety, and environmental awareness. The fourth book, “Heya Beya”, depicts the forgotten traditions that children used to perform during the pilgrimage season. QNL received 50 copies of each title to add to its growing children’s collection.
Commenting on the donation, Dr Sohair Wastawy, Executive Director of QNL, said: “We are delighted to receive this generous and valuable donation, which features local characters and settings, and tackles important topics that educate the next generation on issues relating to Qatar’s development. Qatar National Library is a strong advocate of books relating to Qatar and that are written by local authors. Donations such as these enrich our children’s collection and introduce the younger members of our diverse community to Qatari culture.”
“We are honoured to play a part in this important initiative. This collection of Qatari children’s books is of great value to the wider community,” Oxy Qatar President and General Manager Andrew H. Kershaw said.
“Oxy supports the Qatar National Vision 2030 through our social responsibility initiatives in Qatar. One of our focus areas is to promote local art and culture, particularly among young people, by enhancing awareness and access,” Kershaw added.
By providing these books to the public, both organisations aim to encourage a culture of reading. All of the stories are inspired by Qatari culture and are bilingual to enable all children in Qatar to learn about the local culture and traditions.
As a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), QNL supports QF’s mission to unlock human potential and preserve the nation’s heritage for future generations by fostering the growth of society through human and social development.