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Memphis Public Library, Christian Brothers University, and University of Memphis Libraries Have Been Awarded the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf

Memphis, TN (January 29, 2013) – Memphis Public Library and Information Center along with Christian Brothers University Library and University of Memphis Libraries announced today that all three institutions will be awarded the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, a collection of books, films, and other resources that will introduce the American public to the complex history and culture of Muslims in the United States and around the world.

Developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) based on the advice of scholars, librarians, and other public programming experts, the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is intended to address both the need and desire of the American public for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations.


In addition to resources, a year-long joint programming initiative is planned by all three libraries.  The libraries will engage with representative organizations from the Muslim community in Memphis and other community organizations to show films, present lectures, and organize a community read around the theme of Bridging Cultures.


“We are thrilled to be the only public library in the state of Tennessee to receive the award,” says Keenon McCloy, director of libraries. “This award provides an opportunity to collaborate with other institutions and enables the library to fulfill its vision of being a place to connect, learn, and grow.”

A screening of Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World is the first event in the series of events which will take place throughout Memphis in 2013. The film will be hosted by the University of Memphis on Thursday, March 7. Christian Brothers University has also designated March as Multi-Cultural Month and will host a screening of A Prince Among Slaves on Tuesday, March 19 at 6:30 in the Spain Auditorium on the CBU campus. A discussion will immediately follow the film.

For program information, contact Wang-Ying Glasgow, Adult Services Coordinator for Memphis Public Library and Information Center at 901-415-2709 or email wang-ying.glasgow@memphistn.gov




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