The Bettendorf Public Library has received a $3,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association to host a five-part “Let’s Talk About It” reading and discussion series, “Muslim Journeys.”
The Bettendorf Public Library is one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to participate in the project, which seeks to familiarize public audiences in the U.S. with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the U.S. and around the world. The “Muslim Journeys” theme that the Bettendorf Public Library has chosen to explore is “American Stories.”
The first program will explore “Prince Among Slaves: The True Story of an African Prince Sold into Slavery in the American South” by Terry Alford. It will be facilitated by Augustana College Professor Cyrus Zargar at 1 p.m. March 19. This discussion will be repeated at 6 p.m. April 16.
Additional books to be discussed are “Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation,” “The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States,” “A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence, From the Middle East to America,” and “The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam.” The grant also will fund an array of supplementary programs featuring lectures, exhibits and film showings through the month of August.
For details, visit the library’s website at www.bettendorflibrary.com, Facebook, or contact the information desk at 563-344-4179.