Dessert in the Stacks BIG HIT!


On Saturday Nov 16 from 2PM to 5PM the Friends hosted an audience of approximately 50 patrons for “Dessert in the Stacks,” An exposition on the peoples and cultures of Muslims in the U.S. and around  the world  through an exploration of Islamic culture and art.

The event centered around a showing of the film “Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World,” a ninety-minute film that took us on an epic journey across nine countries and over 1,400 years of history, exploring themes such as the Word, Space, Ornament, Color and Water and presented the stories behind many great masterworks of Islamic Art and Architecture.

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The film was accompanied by traditional Islamic desserts and strong coffee in the picturesque setting of Mirror Lake Library’s Carnegie wing, built in 1915. The event was part of a series of activities that have been held throughout the year at the various branches supported through a grant the library received from the National The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, which provided programming to host a “Let’s Talk About It” reading and discussion series featuring some of the materials included in the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys.


Not only did we all learn something new about the culture and art of Isalm, we also had the privilege of meeting several patrons who regaled us with personal anecdotes about coming to the library when they were all children in the late 1930s!

Thank you to all who came, the work of our volunteers, and the unwavering support of the library staff under the direction of librarian Sandy Allen.



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