Presented with funding from American Library Association and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the “Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys” collection has been selected to present new and diverse perspective on the people, places, histories, beliefs, practices and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.

A screening of Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World celebrates the addition to our collection on Wednesday, June 12, at 7 pm. Narrated by Susan Sarandon, this documentary transports viewers over nine countries and across 1,400 years of cultural history to reveal astonishing reaches of Muslim arts, crafts and architecture. Explore distant locations and many rare pieces of art. Reflect on the Islamic world as it developed and as it is today. A discussion will follow.

A second event highlighting the new collection will be a discussion of Marjane Satrapi’s extraordinary autobiography, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, including a screening of portions of the film on Wednesday, June 19, at 7 pm. Both stark and terrifying, the graphic novel and film tell the story of her life under the Islamic Revolution in Iran.