DML Celebrates National Arab American Heritage Month

Dayton Metro Library is pleased to partner with the Dayton Arab American Forum, opens a new window (DAAF) to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM). April is formally recognized as NAAHM, which honors the achievements of Arab Americans. DML and the DAAF celebrate by introducing a new program, creating a culture of openness and acceptance.

The Living Library Experience will be held at the Main Library, in the Bassani Theater off Third, 3rd Floor, Tuesday, April 4, from 6 - 7:30 pm. To bridge communities and foster understanding, members of the DAAF will present themselves as Live Books. A moderated guest panel will candidly share their experiences of being Arab American, living in the U.S., their traditions, and challenges. Time will be allotted for patrons to submit questions.

Guest panelists for the evening include: Nada Elakad (moderator), Amel Alhaddad, Lamees Mubaslat, Youssef Elzein, Taha Alhadda, Leen Saleh, and Sandra Dubaisi. All ages are invited to attend. Registration is not required.

Additional NAAHM programs include:

Ramadan Coloring Sheets | Vandalia Branch, through Friday, April 21
Stop in during Library hours and decorate the Branch’s Juvenile Bulletin Board to help celebrate Ramadan. For Ages 3 - 12

Spice Up: Lebanese Edition | Southeast Branch, through Saturday, April 29 or while supplies last
Challenge those taste buds and pick up a spice kit anytime during Library hours for this month’s international theme. Kits come with spice, a brochure, and a survey code. For Adults

Movie Night: Arab Heritage Edition | Miamisburg Branch, Saturday, April 1, 2 - 4 pm
DAFF is hosting a family movie night that explores the Arab culture. For All Ages

Arabian Readings and Crafts | Main Library, Children’s Creativity Space, Friday, April 7, 11 am - 12 pm
Enjoy a reading and craft inspired by the Arab Culture, highlighting Ramadan and life in Egypt. Crafts will include making a Ramadan lantern, a hanging star, and more. Registration is required. For Grades 1 - 4 and Tweens

See All Upcoming Arab American Heritage Month events.

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