A few years ago the Somerville Public Library introduced a new collection and slate of programming about Muslims in America and around the world, made possible through grant funding from the ALA (American Library Association) and NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities.) Now they’ve generously made this collection into a travelling one available to all Minuteman libraries, and for the month of April it is here at the Robbins Library.
The NEH introduces the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf as “a carefully curated collection of resources recommended and reviewed by distinguished scholars in the fields of anthropology, world history, religious studies, interfaith dialogue, the history of art and architecture, and world literature, as well as interdisciplinary fields such as Middle East studies, Southeast Asian studies, African studies, and Islamic studies.” They describe the intention of the collection as “an invitation to hear from a diverse set of voices—those of Muslim men and women across time and place—about their daily experiences with their families and communities, and with literature, art, and religious belief. Whether familiar or unfamiliar, these Muslim Journeys offer readers an opportunity to experience other cultures through the prism of their own interests and concerns.”
A list of all the materials can be found here, and all the books and DVDs are available to check out. So be sure to stop by the display in the lobby when you visit the library this month!