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  • Doha English Speaking School (DESS) is one of the oldest British schools in Doha
  • Doha English Speaking School (DESS) is one of the oldest British schools in Doha
  • Doha English Speaking School (DESS) is one of the oldest British schools in Doha
  • Doha English Speaking School (DESS) is one of the oldest British schools in Doha
  • Doha English Speaking School (DESS) is one of the oldest British schools in Doha
  • Doha English Speaking School (DESS) is one of the oldest British schools in Doha

The Library at DESS

The library is a large, colourful, calm and welcoming area.  It is well stocked with over 17,000 resources comprising of fiction, non-fiction and picture books.  In addition, a weekly newspaper called 'First News' is offered to our older children keeping them up to date on current affairs. One of the the main features of the library are the two "Majlis" which are popular relaxed seating areas where the children enjoy "story time" or independent reading.

Divided into age appropriate areas, children enjoy progressing their reading as they progress through the school and are introduced to a wide variety of books whilst doing so. Our main aim is for children to foster a love of reading, book appreciation and to learn library skills.

The Library is open from 7:10am until 2:00pm each day.  All children have the opportunity to change their books every day before school (from 7:10am until 7:30am) and at their first break time, in addition to their time-tabled library sessions.

Library Competitions:
Competitions are held on a monthly basis, commencing on the first of each month of the academic year.
KS1 October Competition: Write a sentence about why you like the library at DESS.
KS2 October Competition: In under fifty words write why you like the library at DESS and if you could improve the library, what would you like to improve?

Library Monitors:
Each term we select Library Monitors from our KS2 year groups. This is a responsible role where children have an input into the every day running of the library at DESS. If your child is interested in this role, please ask them to write one sentence stating why they would like to become a monitor, submitting this to the library by Thursday, 28th September.

After School:
Commencing Sunday, 1st October the library will be open every Sunday from 2:15pm until 3:15pm for you to visit with your child for book exchange and to utilise the library facilities. The library will also be open every Monday from 2:15pm-3:15pm for children to be able to complete homework.

Please could parents remain with their children in the library after school and respect this quiet area. Respectfully, we ask that no mobile phones are used in the library. Unfortunately we cannot allow food or drink in the library.