Celebrating Arab American Heritage: Books, a video & more learning experiences

Your public library is here to connect you with books, online resources, and learning experiences that celebrate Arab American history and culture all year long. On this page, you can:

The month of April was officially designated as Arab American Heritage Month in Illinois in December 2018. Read the proclamation »

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Celebrating Ramadan

Ramadan display in the Idea Box

View a display in the Main Library Idea Box curated by Community Member Dima Ali

Throughout the month of Ramadan, view a beautiful collection of what brings together Muslims from different parts of the world, presented by Oak Parker Dima Ali, on display in the windows of the Main Library Idea Box through April 28. Learn more »

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Attend the Celebrating Ramadan Read Aloud & Craft Hour

Sunday, April 10, 1-2 pm, Main Library Community Engagement Space. Join us as we celebrate Ramadan with books and a craft! Ramadan is a month-long observance when Muslims all over the world spend a month fasting and coming together as a community. The purpose of the month is to focus on doing more good deeds such as giving charity, fasting, and praying. It is a time meant to focus on gratitude, sharing, empathy, compassion, generosity, and selflessness.

Learn about Fanoos

In this Virtual Learning & Fun for Kids video, Miss Juanta introduces Dima Ali, an Oak Park resident who is excited to tell you about her fanoos, a lantern used during Ramadan.

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  • Mango Languages: Reach conversational proficiency in Arabic. Language options include Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Iraqi), Arabic (Levantine), and Arabic (Modern Standard).

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