YDL and EMU Receive Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Collection

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Ypsilanti District Library (YDL) and Eastern Michigan University (EMU) Library have been selected to receive the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). The award consists of books, films, and other resources that will introduce the American public to the complex history and culture of Muslims around the world and in the U.S.

Over 840 libraries and state humanities councils across the country were selected to receive this collection of materials intended to address both the need and desire of the American public for accessible and accurate resources about Muslim beliefs and practices.  YDL will receive 25 books, three films, and access to Oxford Islamic Studies Online (a database). The books and films comprising the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf were selected with the advice of librarians, cultural programming experts, and distinguished scholars.

The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is the first in the Bridging Cultures “Bookshelves,” which will foster civil community conversation around the humanities. In the view of Chairman Jim Leach (National Endowment for the Humanities), “Libraries are centers of learning that offer a welcome space where members of the public can learn about the history we share and express different points of view in an ethos of openness and mutual respect.”

YDL will begin its year of sharing these materials with the public in a two-day film series titled Exploring Islam.  Both films will be screened at 6:30p at YDL-Whittaker, with post-viewing discussions led by  Ben Malczewski of Toledo-Lucas County Public Library Humanities Department. Monday, March 18, view Prince Among Slaves, which tells the story of an African Muslim prince who was captured and sold into slavery in the American South. Tuesday, March 19 at 6:30p, come view Koran By Heart, a movie which follows two boys from Senegal and Tajikistan and a girl from Maldives, who go head-to-head with kids nearly twice their age in the pronunciation, recitation, and perfected memorization of the Qur’an. All programs are free and open to the public. Join the discussion!

For more information about the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf materials, contact YDL Librarian Paula Drummond at drummond@ypsilibrary.org.

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Major support for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Local support is provided by the Michigan Humanities Council. 

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