Qatar Foundation (QF) will host a series of fun and interactive community-inspired activities at Ezdan Mall over the next two weekends as part of its innovative National Reading Campaign (NRC). The schedule will roll out from today to May 14 and from May 19 to 21.
Next month, Qatar Foundation will launch a mobile library as part of the campaign.
Designed as a community outreach tool, the ‘Reading Truck’ will tour the country and aim to involve, engage and inspire the entire community, particularly young people, by fostering a love of reading.
The ‘Reading Truck’ will be easy to spot, sporting a colourful, child-friendly appearance, capturing imaginations and bringing the world of storytelling to life. It will provide youngsters across Qatar with the opportunity to purchase a wide selection of books and related learning materials.
Fahad Saad Al Qahtani, President of Community Development, QF, said: “The National Reading Campaign is the result of a series of collaborations with local stakeholders and partners. It represents a nationwide effort to nurture a book-loving culture in Qatar. Reading helps to improve creativity, concentration and language skills. Therefore, these weekend events are aimed at engaging the public — men, women and children of all ages — and are designed to cultivate self-learning.”
“We are absolutely delighted with the overwhelming response we have received so far,” he continued. “We look forward to rolling out the rest of the campaign over the coming months, including the exciting launch of the ‘Reading Truck’. The mobile library will be found in busy public areas at the weekend, and its location and route will be trackable via the National Reading Campaign website and social media channels.”
The Ezdan Mall events will run from 4pm to 10pm. Activities include a Book Hangout, where children can dress up as their favourite storybook characters and act out specific scenes; a Book Swap, where visitors can exchange books; and Qatar’s first Story Maze, where children will be given the chance to read different stories depending on the route chosen. Additional activities include bookmark making and storytelling sessions, as well as games like Scrabble and oversized puzzles.
The National Reading Campaign community outreach programme will see a range of innovative and interactive activities and events across the country in the months ahead.
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