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Muslim Journeys: Let's Talk About It
Reading & Discussion Series


Learn more about the people, places, history, faith, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. All discussions will be held on Saturdays from 10 - 11:30 a.m., and will be led by Nevine El Nossery, Ph.D., of the UW-Madison Department of French and Italian. Books are available for check out at the service desk. Below is the list of books and discussion dates:


May 3: Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie
May 24: Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi

Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association. The Verona Public Library is one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils participating in this national initiative. Throughout 2014, the NEH and ALA are also providing access to Oxford Islamic Studies Online.

 

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Upcoming Events

Toddler Story Time

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 9:30am

(Spring story time session: March 24 - April 25)
Stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts for toddlers and their caregivers. Siblings welcome. 30 minutes. Ages 1 - 2.

Everybody Story Time

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:30am

Stories and songs for children and their caregivers. 30 minutes. Ages 0 - 5.
(Spring story time session: March 24 - April 25)

Teen Walk-in Wednesday

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 4:00pm

Drop by Teen Central for quick DIY crafts! Come any time between four and eight! Ages 11-18. No registration.

Toddler Story Time

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 9:30am

(Spring story time session: March 24 - April 25)
Stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts for toddlers and their caregivers. Siblings welcome. 30 minutes. Ages 1 - 2.

Preschool Story Time

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:30am

Stories, songs, and crafts. Child may attend independently or with an adult. No younger siblings please. 30 minutes. Ages 3 - 5.
(Spring story time session: March 24 - April 25)

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2014 Congressional Art Competition: An Artistic Discovery

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 6:30pm

Awards Event

Entries for the national 2014 Congressional High School Art Competition: An Artistic Discovery will be on display at the Verona Public Library from April 21 through April 24.  There will be an awards event on Thursday, April 24, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  The Congressional Art Competition is an annual event hosted by Congressman Mark Pocan and his colleagues around the country to showcase and celebrate the artistic talent of our high school students.  The event is an opportunity for the community to come together, share a love for art, and encourage the next generation of artists.
 
Students from all corners of the 2nd Congressional District submit original artwork for the competition that is judged by a panel of local artists.  One grand prize winner will have his or her artwork put on display in our nation’s Capitol for an entire year. The winner will also receive a trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in a national reception, and to see their work in the Capitol first-hand. Additional winners will have their work displayed in Congressman Pocan’s offices in Washington and Wisconsin.

Middle Class Philanthropist: How Anyone Can Leave a Legacy

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 7:00pm

Register online or call 608-845-7180.

Meet Wisconsin author and attorney Melinda Gustafson Gervasi on Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m.  In her new book, Middle Class Philanthropist: How Anyone Can Leave a Legacy, Gustafson Gervasi redefines the conventional view of philanthropy, providing simple and practical tools by which anyone can leave a legacy.  According to Gustafson Gervasi, philanthropy exists because things often go wrong, and things can always be better in our world. The book is designed to educate and inspire the average person to make an end-of-life gift to a favorite cause or nonprofit. Her book emphasizes that nothing about philanthropy requires a person to have excessive amounts of money to make a difference.  
 
This program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale and signing.

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Baby Story Time

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 10:00am

A lap-sit story time for infants and their caregivers. 20 minutes with playtime afterward. Ages 0 - 18 months.
(Spring story time session: March 24 - April 25)

Introduction to Excel: Part 2

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 10:00am

Register online or call 608-845-7180.

This class will provide an in-depth look at data organization and filtering, functions, and graphing. A basic understanding of Excel is recommended. Computer training will be provided by John Harris from Harris Multimedia & Computers. This class is free, accessible, and open to the public.

Registration required.  Class size is limited to 16 participants.

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Verona Area School District Art Exhibition

Fri, 05/02/2014 (All day)

Artwork by students from the Verona Area School District, grades K-12, will be on display at the Verona Public Library from May 2 through May 29.

Frozen Story Time

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 9:30am

Ages 2-6.

Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys Book Discussion

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 10:00am

Register online or call 608-845-7180.

Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie

Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie is the next selection for the Let’s Talk About It:  Muslim Journeys book discussion series. Névine El Nossery, Ph.D., of the UW-Madison Department of French and Italian will lead the discussion at the library on Saturday, May 3, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Merging the personal with the political, Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie is at once a sharp, thrilling journey through modern-day Pakistan, a carefully coded mystery, and an intimate mother-daughter story that asks how we forgive a mother who leaves.

Through the Let’s Talk About It:  Muslim Journeys series, readers will learn more about the people, places, history, faith, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. The last book discussed in the series is Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi on Saturday, May 24, from10 to 11:30 a.m.

Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a reading and discussion series, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association. The Verona Public Library is one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils participating in this national initiative. Throughout 2014, the NEH and ALA are also providing access to Oxford Islamic Studies Online.  This database can be reached through the Reference and Research page of the Verona Public Library website.

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Frozen Story Time

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 1:30pm

Ages 2-6.

Meet the Animals of Heartland Farm Sanctuary

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 2:30pm

Register online or call 608-845-7180.

Heartland Farm Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization located in the town of Verona. They are dedicated to helping homeless farm animals in Wisconsin, and building connections between animals and vulnerable youth. Learn about the farm and spend some time getting to meet their animal ambassadors up close. All ages welcome. Registration is limited, sign up soon!

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Family Story Time

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 6:30pm

Stories, songs and a craft for kids and families. Meets in the Story Room.
(First & third Tuesdays of the month)

Resilience: Surefire Strategies for Happiness

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 7:00pm

Register online or call 608-845-7180.

Learn how to enrich your quality of life.  Empowerment coach Lysianne Unruh will show you how to bring more joy, fulfillment, and resilience to your daily life, even when facing challenges and change

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Closed All Day for Staff Training

Thu, 05/08/2014 (All day)

The library will be closed all day for staff training.  

Book Discussion

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 11:30am

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

"It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement."

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Storyteller Mama Katambwa

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 6:30pm

Enjoy stories from around the world from master storyteller Janice Lesane Katambwa. All ages.

Teen Walk-in Wednesday

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 4:00pm

Drop by Teen Central for quick DIY crafts! Come any time between four and eight! Ages 11-18. No registration.

Books 'N Booze Book Club at Pasqual's Cantina

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 5:30pm

"The Sisters Brothers" by Patrick de Witt

Patrick deWitt’s “The Sisters Brothers” is a darkly comic, cowboy noir.  It is a genre-bending frontier saga that is exciting, funny, and, perhaps unexpectedly, moving.  You might just end up loving these two psychopaths! We will meet at Pasqual’s Cantina, located at 100 Cross Country RD in Verona at 5:30 p.m.  We hope to see you there! 

“We don’t urge readers to drink, we urge drinkers to read!”

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Meet Jim Draeger, Local Author of Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin’s Historic Bars and Breweries

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 2:00pm

Event held at the Wisconsin Brewing Company

Celebrate American Craft Beer Week and meet local author Jim Draeger at the Wisconsin Brewing Company on Saturday, May 17, from 2 to 3 p.m.  Draeger will discuss his book Bottoms Up:  A Toast to Wisconsin’s Historic Bars and Breweries. Bottoms Up showcases the architecture and history of 70 Wisconsin Breweries and bars. Books will be available for sale and signing. The Wisconsin Brewing Company is located at 1079 American Way, Verona, WI  53593.  This program is presented in partnership with the Verona Public Library, and is free and open to the public.

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Family Story Time

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 6:30pm

Stories, songs and a craft for kids and families. Meets in the Story Room.
(First & third Tuesdays of the month)

Bike Tune-Up Clinic

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 5:30pm

Bike Tune-Up Clinic takes place in the library parking lot from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Get your bicycle in tip-top shape with the help of volunteers from the Freewheel Community Bike Shop.  Volunteers will demonstrate how to tune-up a bike, then help you work on your own.  Basic tools and supplies will be provided.  All you need to bring is your bicycle.  Pizza will be provided for participants at 5:30 p.m.  This program is free and open to the public.  Registration is required, and is limited to 30 participants. All ages are welcome, but kids under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys Book Discussion

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 10:00am

Register online or call 608-845-7180.

Dreams of Trespass:  Tales of a Harem Girlhood by Fatima Mernissi

Dreams of Trespass:  Tales of a Harem Girlhood by Fatima Mernissi is the last selection for the Let’s Talk About It:  Muslim Journeys book discussion series. Névine El Nossery, Ph.D., of the UW-Madison Department of French and Italian will lead the discussion at the library on Saturday, May 24, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Fatima Mernissi was born in a harem in 1940 in Fez, Morocco. Dreams of Trespass is an exotic and rich narrative of her childhood behind the iron gates of a domestic harem.  Mernissi weaves her own memories with the dreams and memories of the women who surrounded her in the courtyard of her youth—women who, deprived of access to the world outside, recreated it from sheer imagination.

Through the Let’s Talk About It:  Muslim Journeys series, readers will learn more about the people, places, history, faith, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a reading and discussion series, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association. The Verona Public Library is one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils participating in this national initiative. Throughout 2014, the NEH and ALA are also providing access to Oxford Islamic Studies Online.  This database can be reached through the Reference and Research page of the Verona Public Library website.

Register

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Closed for Memorial Day Holiday

Mon, 05/26/2014 (All day)

The library will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday.

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