Library to Offer Programs in 2014 Focusing on Muslims Print E-mail

DeKalb County Public Library is partnering with The Community Foundation's One Region Atlanta Initiative and the Georgia Humanities Council in 2014 to offer programs focusing on Muslim history, culture and faith. The Library will host a reading and discussion series called Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys at the Tucker-Reid H. Cofer and Scott Candler libraries.

The Georgia Humanities Council was one of 125 libraries and humanities councils across the United States selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association to participate in the discussion series. The organization received a $4,500 grant to fund the project.

Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys is a scholar-led program series designed to generate informed community conversations about the histories, cultures and faith of Muslims. The theme for the programs at the Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library will be American Stories. Registration begins January 2, 2014 and can be done by visiting or calling the branch. An Opening Reception will be held at the library, located at 5234 LaVista Road in Tucker, on January 14, and the first book in the series will be distributed. The first book discussion will be February 4.

Books for the five-part discussion series are:

  • February 4: Prince Among Slaves by Terry Alford
  • February 25: The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States, edited by Edward E. Curtis, IV
  • March 18: Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel
  • April 8: A Quiet Revolution by Leila Ahmed
  • April 29: The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman's Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson

"DeKalb County Public Library was pleased to receive a collection of books and films about Muslims in 2013 as a recipient of a NEH Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys Bookshelf grant. The collection and programs we offered were much appreciated by the community," said Branch Operations Coordinator Kitty Wilson. "We believe our partnership with the Georgia Humanities Council and The Community Foundation's One Region Atlanta Initiative will be just as successful."

The theme for the discussions at the Scott Candler Library will be Pathways to Faith. Those programs are scheduled for August 2014.


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