The National Endowment for the Humanities, in cooperation with the AmericanLibraryAssociation, recently awarded a “Muslim Journeys Bookshelf” to the Fargo PublicLibrary. The library received the collection of books, films, and other resources in order to introduce the complex history and culture of Muslims in the United States and around the world. Items in the collection are available to the public at both the downtown Main Library and the Dr. James Carlson Library. Starting next week, the library, in partnership with North Dakota State University’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Fargo-Moorhead’s Center for Interfaith Projects, is offering two programs to introduce the collection to the community.
First, join us Tuesday, April 2, starting at 7 p.m. at the downtown Main Library for Muslim Journeys: a World Café. The event is a community conversation about the collection and its key themes: historical connections between Islam and Christianity, pathways of faith, and American Muslim stories. Hosted by Kevin Brooks, professor of English at NDSU, participants will discuss the bookshelf themes, with the goal of strengthening Fargo’s role and reputation as a welcoming community for people of all faiths and nationalities. All ages are welcome; refreshments will be served.
The second event is Koran by Heart: Documentary and Discussion and is set for Sunday, April 28 starting at 2 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library. Join us for a screening of Koran by Heart, a documentary about the international competition to memorize the Koran. Following the film, a panel discussion featuring community members with expertise related to the subject of the film will be featured. All ages are welcome at this event; popcorn and refreshments will be served.
For a list of titles included in the “Muslim Journeys Bookshelf,” visit www.fargolibrary.org.
Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public. For details, call the Main Library Information Desk at (701) 241-1492 or visit the library’s website.