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A day at the Library!: Open Day

 

         Open Day, Main Library                               

Tuesday 21st November, 2017

Program

11:00 – 11:30     Circle of Hope: an introduction

12:00 – 1:00        Session 1: Engineering your writing

12:00 – 1:00      ‘Beacon of Hope’ booth, presented by Khalifa University Students!

2:00 – 3:00         Session 2: Reading & Writing by Design: The Mechanics of Creating a Top Reading List

3:00 – 5:00         Children’s activity corner (Reading, colouring, crafts, board games, prizes, face painting).

4:00 – 5:00         Children's book author, Dr. Ahmed Al Shoaibi presents:  “The Tales of Hamad: An Emirati Boy”.

9:00 – 5:00         Wanna Read? Booth

                             HH Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan: a collection of books

                            “The Tales of Hamad: An Emirati Boy”: book display

                             Book Donation & sale

Introduction to the day

11:00 – 11:30         Circle of Hope: an introduction  

Larisa Miller, Business Development Manager for HH Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan.

Dr. Ahmed Al Shoaibi's 'The Tales of Hamad: An Emirati Boy'

4:00 – 5:00         Children's book author, Dr. Ahmed Al Shoaibi    

       

Bring your children in the afternoon to hear Dr. Al Shoeibi read about Hamad and his adventures!

Session Authors

  Khadija Kudsi

  Siobhan Fallon

  Joyce Hage

  Saara Samin

Sessions

Session 1: Engineering Your Writing

Just as in any engineering project, writing is all about planning and making sure you have the basics covered to ensure a stellar end product. This session will aim to introduce the mechanics involved in the making of polished writing whether it is writing for a course project, for publishing purposes, as well as writing for the screen, theatre and YouTube.

The guest/s will discuss their journey and how reading played an important part in their success as well as recommending the 3 books they feel students should read before they are 25.

Moderator:

Rana Asfour; free-lance writer, book reviewer, and founder of book blog Bookfabulous.com      

Guests:

Khadija Kudsi: Saudi Syrian filmmaker and children’s book author. Loves telling stories that make a difference. Interested in all media production from film to YouTube and theatre. Kudsi is the author of the bilingual Noura’s World book series as well as her latest ‘UAE Old and New Money’. She graduated from New York Film Academy in 2013. In 2016, four films that Kudsi worked on as a producer and assistant director went to Cannes Film Festival short film corner including the world acclaimed ‘Just an Accent’.

Siobhan Fallon: Siobhan Fallon is the author of You Know When the Men Are Gone (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2012), which won the 2012 Pen Center USA Literary Award in Fiction, a 2012 Indies Choice Honor Award, the 2012 Texas Institute of Letters Award, and was listed as a Best Book of 2011 by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Public Library, and Janet Maslin of the New York Times. Theatrical productions of her stories have been staged in California, Colorado, Texas, and France. More of Fallon’s work has appeared in Women’s Day, Good Housekeeping, New Letters, Publishers Weekly, Huffington Post, Washington Post Magazine, and Military Spouse Magazine. Her new novel, The Confusion of Languages (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2017), is about two American women navigating life in Amman, Jordan, during the Arab Spring.

 

Session 2: Reading by Design: The Mechanics of Creating a Top Reading List

This session will offer tips and recommendations to students on how to design an enjoyable and worthy reading list that will inspire them to explore their own creativity; a key factor for ensuring that reading becomes a habitual part of everyday life. The panel will discuss the difference between reading for academia and reading for pleasure as well as why we should embrace reading in general.

It will also highlight ways that students can actively connect with their community through books and how blogging and social media now play a big part in deciding what and how we read.

Guests will recommend 3 books they feel students should read before they are 25.

Moderator:

Rana Asfour; free-lance writer, book reviewer, and founder of book blog Bookfabulous.com

Guests:

Joyce Hage: Founder and member of various book clubs in Abu Dhabi, a book reviewer and a fierce proponent for reading and books in general.

Saara Samin: Pakistani author living in the UAE. Her first novel, ‘In the Mirror’, has just been released by Beyond Sanity Publishing. She is a poet, writer, blogger, researcher and a US State alumnus. Apart from her novel ‘In the Mirror’, her short stories and poetry have appeared in Prachya Review.