HCT-RAK Libraries Burst Into Life With Library Week Celebrations

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HCT Ras Al Khaimah campuses’ libraries were alive with activities last week to celebrate library week in the colleges, thanks to Library team who had been working hard for several weeks to arrange it all.

Every day, libraries of all types prove that they are powerful agents of community change. No longer just places for books, libraries now offer a wide range of free digitally-based programs and services, including 3-D printing, eBooks, digital recording studios and technology training. In addition, the valuable role libraries play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities.

Using the theme “With Tolerance We Communicate”, the libraries were honored to host two guest speakers. The first was Mouza Jasem Al Ali from Care & Rehabilitation Center for People of Determination. Mouza charmed students, faculty and staff with a workshop in sign language basics. The aim of the workshop is to help HCT-RAK community gain insight into deaf culture, the importance and risks of proper and inaccurate communication and to create an environment of openness to people with disability

The second guest was the local faculty member and poet, Hamda Al Awadhi. Hamda motivated the students with engaging sessions in both campuses about HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s book My Story. Students teamed from different levels and delivered fascinating recitations from the book.

Occur at the same time with the celebration was a stunning e-book expo to give eBooks a Physical Presence. We decided to promote our eBook resources within our library shelf areas. We targeted books were very popular by printing their covers and adding QR codes for direct links in the catalog.

Throughout the week, the RKW Library team, Magruody’s Bookshop, set up a book fair. Thousands of books were offered in both English and Arabic. The students in both campuses were thrilled to have the opportunity to see such selection and enjoyed browsing and discussing their choices.

As well as visiting speakers and books displays, Al Gahf trees were planted in both campuses to reflect the Year of Tolerance. There was a food truck by Mojito Mama at RKW throughout the week. Many competitions around the theme of using the library include:

  • Kick a Bucket Game
  • BookFace Photography contest
  • Judge a Book by its Cover contest
  • Minute to Win it RetroGame contest
  • Online Reference contest

Community representatives also attended the event. The Care & Rehabilitation Center for People of Determination delivered a workshop in sign language. Zahrat Al Mada’aen Public School for Girls visited the book fair at RKW and enjoyed a fruitful reading session organized by Shayma Al Awadhi the Foundations’ faculty member.

The RAK campuses Library Week 2019 was a time to recognize the contributions of our nation’s libraries and its staff. It also promoted and supported the use of the Library. Each activity during Library Week was highly enjoyed by students, staff, faculty and community members alike.

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