New library series introduces children to a different culture

Muslim Voices scroller(STILLWATER, OKLA. / March 10, 2014) –– The Stillwater Public Library is introducing a new reading and discussion series for children ages 8-12 titled “Muslim Voices.” The program, sponsored by National Endowment for the Humanities, New York Council for the Humanities and Oklahoma Humanities Council, provides an opportunity for children and program facilitators to explore universal themes through high-quality books with Muslim protagonists. 

“The goal of the program is to create meaningful conversations about the shared humanity of non-Muslim and Muslim people,” said Elizabeth Murray, children’s librarian. “The series makes children actively think about common themes that cross cultural, religious, and ethnic divides.”

Book discussions will be held at the library and will be facilitated by Murray and Dr. Najwa Raouda, lecturer in OSU’s Religious Studies Department.

“I wanted to be involved with this project because it is an opportunity to present to our children a diverse world that is different from what they know or see on TV,” said Raouda.  “I am eager to share multiple cultures and points of views with Stillwater children.”

Each child who registers for the series will receive a free copy of the book being discussed.  Participants are expected to complete the readings before each meeting and to attend all four sessions.

“Literature gives us glimpses into other cultures and lives,” Elizabeth Murray. “By reading and discussing these books, children are able to gain a broader global perspective, while discovering the similarities we share with people who may seem very different from us.” 

“Muslim Voices” will take place Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on April 8, 15, 29 and May 6.  Registration is required.  To sign-up, visit the library's website at http://library.stillwater.org, call the library’s Help Desk at (405) 372-3633 or email askalibrarian@stillwater.org

The Stillwater Public Library is located at1107 S. Duck St.Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Stillwater Public Library programs are supported by the Friends of the Library and KOSU.