150 kids attend The Blue Jackal launch

July 01, 2014 - 7:34:39 am
Author Frances Gillespie reading selected stories from the book at the launch.

Doha: Qatar National Library (QNL) in collaboration with Occidental Petroleum of Qatar (Oxy Qatar) recently welcomed more than 150 children and their families to The Blue Jackal book launch.

The event reflects QNL’s commitment to keep local traditions alive and encourage young people to preserve Qatar’s heritage.

Appealing to children, the story of The Blue Jackal and 17 other fables written by Qatar-based author Frances Gillespie have been inspired by the rich cultural heritage from all over the Muslim world.

The launch featured activities, including recitals of selected stories from the book, colouring activities and distribution of free autographed copies of the book to participating audience.

Parents expressed admiration for QNL in organising such useful and entertaining activities for  children.

Dr Claudia Lux, Project Director, QNL, said, “Participants were impressed with our fun-filled launch of The Blue Jackal. Many expressed the joy of bringing young people and adults together through cultural works. As a result of this positive response, QNL is planning to host similar educational and entertaining events.”

The event was held at Hamad Bin Khalifa University Student Centre within Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development’s Education City.

It aimed to promote local culture among Qatar’s youth, encourage them to read and share knowledge to preserve Qatar’s heritage for future generations.

“Oxy dedicates this book to the children of Qatar. We hope the re-told fables and original illustrations in The Blue Jackal and Other Tales From Islamic Lands will encourage reading and learning. “All of us at Oxy believe this beautiful book will be enjoyable and inspiring to everyone who reads it,” said Stephen Kelly, President and General Manager, Oxy Qatar.

The Peninsula

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