During the month of April, the Cuesta College Library will feature a display of new books and DVDs exploring Islamic history, art, and culture.

In January 2013, the Cuesta College Library was awarded the 2013 Muslim Journeys Bookshelf. The Bookshelf includes a collection of 25 books, four DVDs and an online database selected to help public audiences in the United States become more familiar with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the United States.

The books will be on display and available for free check-out beginning in mid-April at both the San Luis Obispo and North County campus libraries. Public screenings of the films will be planned for later in the year, along with other programs. A complete list of all the materials that will be on display can be found here:


Developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association, and based on the advice of scholars, librarians, and other public programming experts, the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is intended to address both the need and the desire of the American public for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations. A total of 953 libraries and state humanities councils in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands were awarded the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf.

“It’s exciting to receive these grant materials for our permanent library collection,” said Cuesta College Librarian Denise Fourie. “We’ll be working with our faculty to integrate some of these new resources into their courses for the Fall 2013 semester, especially the films.”

The public is welcome to use the college libraries. All residents of San Luis Obispo County are eligible for a community borrower’s library card.

Upcoming themes in the Bookshelf program for libraries will include the role of civility in democracy, religious pluralism in the United States, Asian cultural traditions on the Pacific Rim, United States history in global perspective, the role of women in war and peace, cultural encounters between China and the United States, the influence of the American West on European culture, and the history of relations between China and Africa. Cuesta College Library plans to apply for these upcoming awards as they become available

The San Luis Obispo campus library is open Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The library is closed Saturdays and Sundays

The North County campus library is open Mondays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. – 6:50 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. – 7:50 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (April 13 and 27). The library is closed Fridays and Sundays.

Lauren Milbourne | (805) 546-3108 | Email: lauren_milbourne@cuesta.edu | Posted March 29, 2013