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AD National Library’s summer reading programme set to delight youngsters
July 12, 2018
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Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi’s National Library sector has launched its inaugural Summer Reading Programme across the Emirate’s public libraries, opening up a range of activities and events designed to encourage reading throughout the summer school break. The extensive line-up of events and activities are designed to meet the interests of children and youngsters of all ages and provide them with psychological, environmental and social knowledge, as well as technical skills in various fields. The Programme will also introduce participants to many global cultures, as they learn from various sources of knowledge through reading activities and various performances.

Participating public libraries in the Abu Dhabi include Khalifa Park library, Zayed Central library, Mazyad library, Al Bahia library, Al Wathba library, and Al Marfa library.

Check out everything happening in the Summer Reading Programme below:


Libraries: Zayed Central Library, Al Wathba Library, Al Marfa Library, Mazyad Library, Al Bahia Library and Khalifa Park Library
Dates: Until Friday, August 31st
Time: 8am to 8pm

The Summer Reading Challenge calls on all children in Abu Dhabi to attempt to read 30 books from across the world this summer. Targeted at students aged 6 to 16 years old, the 30-book quota will last for the duration of the programme (1st July – 31st August). To register your participation online, please visit or register in person when visiting any one of the National Library’s public libraries.


Libraries: All participating libraries
Dates: 1st July – 31st August
Time: 8am to 8pm

Children aged 8 – 14 can apply to become librarians for a day at their closest public library. Children will be able to experience the inner workings of a library, recommend books to visitors and support the library staff for a 7-hour shift day.
Children participating will also be required to complete and submit a project at the end of their participation.


Libraries: Zayed Central library, Al Wathba Library, Al Marfa Library, Mazyad Library, Al Bahia library, Khalifa Park library.
Dates: July 1st to August 31st
Time: Please visit the library to find out the times for each workshop

As a part of the National Library’s Summer Reading Programme, several workshops will be taking place to allow participants to express and explore their interests. Below is a list of workshops that will be held:

➢ Art Workshops: découpage, recycling, origami, toy making and basics of pencil shading and using watercolours
➢ The Hakawati Storytelling Workshop (The Story of the Ogre, The Smiles Factory, When the Pen Sleeps, My Dear Country, The Tale of Al-Tanbooli)

Libraries: Khalifa Park Library, Al Bahia Park Library, Mazyad Mall Library, Al Wathba Library, Zayed Central Library and Al Marfa Library
Dates: Running from the 1st July to 31st August

The Around the World Programme will introduce a variety of arts, crafts, language, storytelling and innovative workshops throughout the libraries this summer, opening up a host of opportunities for youngsters in the capital to get their creative juices flowing and learn something new. Some key workshops include: learning French; arts and crafts workshops on découpage, recycling, origami, toy making and more; interactive theatre; Emirati etiquette; sign language; cooking classes; and working with programming and robots. Each library will also host weekly cultural themes celebrating a country or region, teaching children the nuances of language and culture through activities, workshops, and a list of international books.


Maitha Al Kayyat
Libraries: Al Bahia Park Library and Zayed Central Library
Dates: 13th and 14th August
Time: On 13th August – 12pm at Al Bahia Park Library
On 14th August – 5pm at Zayed Central Library

Sahar Najaa Mahfouz
Libraries: Al Bahia Park Library and Khalifa Park Library
Dates: 23rd and 24th August
Time: 23 August – 5 pm at Al Bahia Park Library
24th August – 5 pm at Khalifa Park Library

Sara Al Hammadi
Libraries: Al Wathba Library
Dates: 1st July
Time: 11am.

Mariam Saqr Al Qasimi
Libraries: Khalifa Park Library
Dates: 3rd July
Time: 4pm.

Badria Al Shamsi
Libraries: Al Bahia Library
Dates: 7th July
Time: 4pm.

Nadia Al Najjar
Libraries: Mazyad Mall Library
Dates: 9th July
Time: 4pm.

Renowned Arab authors visiting and participating in the weekly programmes include Maitha Al Kayyat, Sahar Najaa Mahfouz, Sara Al Hammadi, Mariam Saqr Al Qasimi, Badria Al Shamsi, and Nadia Al Najjar, amongst others.

Established in 1981, the National Library sector is one of the UAE’s largest knowledge repositories and a vital resource for intellectuals, scholars and scientists. The National Library is responsible for the establishment of regional, community, children’s and mobile libraries. It also acts as a publisher, translates the world's major literary works, promotes talented Emirati writers and researchers by publishing their books and academic works. The National Library also collects, preserves and displays ancient Arab and Islamic manuscripts, covering a variety of topics from literature and religion to science and arts.

All activities are open to children of all ages and free to attend. Walk-ins are welcome, and no registration is required.

For more information on the Summer Programme, please visit

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