April is Arab American Heritage Month! We have reading recommendations, events, and online resources that can help you celebrate Arab American heritage and history this month and year-round.
Displays & Recommended Reading
Come to the library and peruse our displays for all ages during April. Our librarians have also curated a list of titles for adults, children & families, and teens that you can view through our online catalog.
Getting to Know the Arab American Community
Thursday, April 6: 6:30-7:30 pm
Dr. Nina Shoman-Dajanim will discuss the Arab American community including history, immigration patterns, demographics, and diversity, with a spotlight on the Chicagoland region. Signup required.
Saturday, April 15: 10:30-11 am
Ages 3-8 with adult(s): Enjoy children’s stories and songs in Arabic with a native speaker. No signup required.
Middle School Book Club
Tuesday, April 18: 7-8 pm
Grades 6-8: Join us for our discussion of A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi. Snacks will be served. Signup required.
Love from A to Z Book Discussion
Tuesday, April 25: 7-8 pm
Grades 9-12: Join us for a discussion of Love from A to Z by SK Ali. Snacks will be served. Signup required.
Hoopla offers eBooks, eAudiobooks, eComics, and movies for all ages that focus on Arab American experiences.
Ancestry Library Edition
Ancestry is the world’s largest collection of online family history records. The Library Edition provides census records from 1790-1930; birth, marriage, and death records; immigration records; vital and church records; military records; and court, land, and probate records. You must visit the library to use this resource.
Explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704–today. HeritageHub helps you easily identify relatives, uncover new information, and potentially find unknown family members.