#DutchKidLit and The Canon of the Netherlands, Part 2 – The Subversive Wit of Annie M.G. Schmidt

"Never do what your mother tells you to do, then everything will be all right,” to quote Annie M.G. Schmidt. Just saying what you want to say, not making a fuss, breaking any rules that don’t make sense, and recalcitrant humour; these are the secrets of her pen [sic]."1911-1995 Annie M.G. Schmidt: Going against the … Continue reading #DutchKidLit and The Canon of the Netherlands, Part 2 – The Subversive Wit of Annie M.G. Schmidt

#WorldKidLitMonth September 2021 – Spotlight #DutchKidLit

When Karen Van Drie, the enthusiastic and dedicated Executive Director of Global Literature in Libraries Initiative, invited me to be the guest editor for the GLLI blog during World Kid Lit Month this year and to feature Dutch kid lit all month long, I was happy to do so because it would mean that I … Continue reading #WorldKidLitMonth September 2021 – Spotlight #DutchKidLit

#WITMonth-that’s a wrap!

It has been a joy and honor to have been the Guest Editor for #WITMonth for the Global Literature in Libraries Initiative blog. I hope you have enjoyed the 26 books I have chosen as much as I have choosing them. I started this my book project two and a half years ago not knowing … Continue reading #WITMonth-that’s a wrap!

Introducing our #WITMonth guest editor, Jess Andoh-Thayre

Introducing our #WITMonth guest editor, Jess Andoh-Thayre My name is Jess Andoh-Thayre, 35, from London but currently living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  I am a French, Spanish and English teacher, translator, avid reader and now blogger. I am really excited about this year's #WITMonth, although this year I won't be able to read as much as normal … Continue reading Introducing our #WITMonth guest editor, Jess Andoh-Thayre

#QATARILITMONTH: My Exceptional Journey With GLLI!

Yesterday was the last day of the month of July, which marked the end of the #QATARILITMONTH; it ended too fast! It has been such a pleasure to take you though this month journey to learn more about a small country in the Arabian Gulf. Yet big with stable accomplishments and developments. Qatar has proven … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: My Exceptional Journey With GLLI!

#QATARILITMONTH: Libraries and Librarians!

The Tradition of Librarians in Qatar QNL Previous Heritage Library In Qatar, libraries were always a fundamental part of each home. In each salah, the Qatari living room, you would find books, videotapes, magazines and a large calendar with prayer times and Hijri dates. Having a library in your home meant securing a knowledge repository … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: Libraries and Librarians!

#QATARILITMONTH: Preserving Qatari Heritage and Legacies

The Oral History of Qatar Main Exhibition Area At the National Museum of Qatar If you were born in Qatar between 1970 and 1990, your parents probably told you stories of the Noon’s Donkey, the Big Giant, and Abu Derya, the Man of the Sea. Do you ever still think of these stories? How could … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: Preserving Qatari Heritage and Legacies

#QATARILITMONTH: Diversity in the Eyes of a Public Librarian at Qatar National Library

Visitors at Qatar National Library How diverse can diversity mean? It looks different to different people and organizations. Attitude towards it are different to different people. Organizations adjust, approach, and sustain it differently.  Here are some statements that I find resemble how I see it as a public librarian who discerns the library profession is tailor-made to see diversity as an asset, opportunity, and a natural part of the institution.    “To put it simply, diversity can be … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: Diversity in the Eyes of a Public Librarian at Qatar National Library

#QATARILITMONTH: Qatar’s History

The Inauguration of the State Qatar Flag 1936–1949 The inauguration of Qatar’s sheikhdom dates back to the leading fathers of the ruling family, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Thani (r. 1851 – 1878) and his son Sheikh Qasim, colloquially pronounced Jassim (1827 – 1913). The leading fathers of the ruling family were pearl merchants in a time … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: Qatar’s History