Library To Screen Film, Host Discussion

Prendergast Library will host a film showing and discussion of “Koran by Heart” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in the Fireplace Room at the library in cooperation with Jamestown Community College and the Jamestown Islamic Society.

Sam Qadri of the Jamestown Islamic Society will introduce the film. Cynthia McKane, reference librarian and assistant professor at JCC, and Gregory Rabb, professor of political science and coordinator of global studies, will join him in leading a discussion afterward.

Directed by Greg Barker, “Koran by Heart” focuses on two boys and a girl who travel to Cairo to compete in the world’s oldest Koran reciting contest.

The program is free and open to the public, and the film is suitable for families.

“This coming-of-age story will resonate with parents of any background,” according to Tina Scott, acting director.

Both Prendergast Library and JCC have been awarded the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The collection contains 25 books, three films and access to Oxford Islamic Studies Online.

Each participating library is asked to plan a program related to the collection of resources it receives. The new books and DVDs will be on display at the event and available to borrow.

More than 840 libraries and state humanities councils throughout the country were awarded the collection, which is designed to provide resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations.

The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, which is part of a Bridging Cultures series, was developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Prendergast Library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. For information, call 484-7135.