Bridiging Cultures Programming Continues Through September!


Join us for a fantastic finish to our Bridging Cultures Bookshelf programming!  The Fountaindale Public Library is hosting a series of events throughout the month of September which will appeal to children, teens, and adults throughout our community.  All programs are free and open to the public!


If you slept through world history, or would like a refresher course your other classroom studies, join us for Islam 101 on Saturday, September 21 at 3 pm in Meeting Room A.  The program is presented by Imam Arif Kamal from Masjid Al-Islam in Bolingbrook, and is an educational presentation outlining the basic beliefs, practices, holidays, and history of Islam.

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Looking for a great new book to read?  Spend an evening with Nahid Nahid Sewell, author of The Ruby Tear Catcher: An Iranian Woman’s Story of Intolerance on Wednesday, September 25 at 7 pm in Meeting Room A.  Born and raised in Tehran, Nahid writes about her youth and the beautiful country she called home. She undertook writing her novel, knowing it would mean she could not return to her homeland again. A story of triumph and hope in the face of fanaticism and intolerance, The Ruby Tear Catcher shares the events that shaped the lives of people in Iran. At its heart, the book’s message is the interconnected oneness of all people, the belief that despite religious and cultural differences, we are all the same. A poignant portrait of Iran, it’s a story of sadness and joy, unveiling the human emotions behind historical events.


The narratives of African Muslims enslaved in America are changing our understanding of Muslim community-building in the United States.   Stop in for our featured documentary film Prince Among Slaves on Thursday, September 26 at 6 pm in Meeting Room BPrice Among Slaves is a PBS documentary chronicling the true story of a Muslim African price, who endured years of slavery in America before his release and subsequent return to Africa.



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On Thursday, September 26 at 7 pm in Meeting Room A, join us for a cooking program with Yvonne Maffei, author and publisher of Yvonne will demonstrate how to prepare traditional meals which are healthy and made with all natural and halal ingredients.  Yvonne’s world travels and culinary research have led to her forge out a career with her greatest passions- cooking, writing and teaching- and the blog seems to be the perfect forum to explore the diversity of flavors. People of all backgrounds enjoy the recipes and the conversation brought to the table through her blog, cooking classes, demos and presentations on eating healthy and cooking halal.

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Bring your family along for an exciting afternoon of storytelling on Sunday, September 29 at 2 pm in Meeting Room A for The Magic Carpet: Songs and Stories from Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt.  Take a magic carpet ride to ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt in story and song in an engaging interactive program for all ages. Replica artifacts, early musical instruments, and period costumes enhance this lively performance.

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf – Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Support 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. 

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