West Chicago Public Library receives 'Muslim Journeys Bookshelf'
WEST CHICAGO — The West Chicago Public Library has been chosen by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as one of 842 libraries and state humanities councils in in the U.S. to be awarded the "Muslim Journeys Bookshelf," a collection of resources on the history and culture of Muslims in the U.S. and across the globe.
The bookshelf was developed by the NEH and the American Library Association (ALA) based on expert advice from scholars, librarians and other public programming experts, according to a library news release. It is made up of books, films and other resources, meant to address the need for trustworthy and accessible information related to Muslim beliefs, practices, culture and history.
The West Chicago Public Library will receive access for one year to Oxford Islamic Studies Online, as well as 25 books and three films.
The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is the first in a planned series of Bridging Cultures "Bookshelves," all part of NEH's Bridging Cultures initiative. This initiative recognizes the important role libraries play in fostering conversations among community members.
"We take great pride in our library as a 'community center' for public discourse," administrative librarian Melody E. Coleman said in a release. "This award aligns with the library's mission and vision to offer materials and services that engage individuals of every cultural background and provide library patrons the opportunity to enjoy an intellectually and culturally rich experience."
The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is made possible through a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and additional support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
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