General Programming Ideas

The following events and activities can help your library generate interest in the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf collection materials and themes.

  • Host a Muslim Journeys welcome celebration with a display of the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf books, films, and promotional materials. Include readers’ guides to selected topics or titles in the set, give away bookmarks, and feature readings from the books.
  • Present a discussion of the books and films on local cable TV and radio programs.
  • Host an exhibition of local collections of Islamic art in your library, kicked off with a launch event highlighting the Muslim Journeys collection materials.
  • Present a scholar-facilitated discussion of a topic in Islamic history or culture, drawing on the Bookshelf themes and resources.
  • Schedule a lecture by a local scholar with expertise in the program themes.
  • Host an event celebrating the poetic voices of Muslim-majority societies, featuring readings from Rumi: Poet and Mystic and other related works already in your library’s collection. You may also consider launching a “One Community, Many Poems” program, encouraging your community to read and discuss Islamic poetry.
  • Invite a local storyteller to present readings from The Arabian Nights, or partner with a community or school theatre group to host a staged reading of selections or an adaptation.
  • Create a Muslim Journeys webpage featuring the titles of the books, including images of the book jackets, book quotes, and patron or staff reviews. Have a librarian moderate an online discussion through the library’s blog or Facebook account.
  • Ask the local newspaper, cable access television station, or radio station to feature a story or editorial about the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf collection and your library’s related programs. Be sure to contact book editors and well as news and feature editors.