Tuesday, September 10, 2013

At the Lafayette library this week

            The Fall Book Sale by the Friends of the Lafayette Public Library will be Wednesday through Saturday (Sept. 11-14) at the Heymann Performing Arts Center, 1373 S. College Road. The sale opens with a members-only preview sale (membership is a mere $5 and you can join at the door) on Wednesday, followed by a three-day public sale.
            Books are sold by the inch: $1 for hardbacks and 50 cents per inch for paperback. The sale also includes vinyl, audiobooks and DVDs for varying prices.  
            To date, the Friends of the Library have donated approximately $587,180 to the library.
            “One of our main projects each year is the Summer Reading Program and we have recently donated $12,750 for the purchase of children’s books for both the new main branch and for East Regional, which is in the works,” said Friends board member Flossie Turner.  
            Book donations are still being accepted at the warehouse at 211 Pinhook Road.
            To become a Friends member, find out drop-off hours and learn more about the fall sale, visit www.friendsofthelafayettelibrary.org.

Other happenings…
            Certified yoga instructors will introduce a slow flow, yin style of hatha yoga in a series of free Monday evening classes at the South and North Regional libraries. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes. Registration is required, call the library or register online.
Community Legal Education Series
            Local attorney Greg Landry and senior paralegal Priscilla Charles, with non-profit law firm Acadiana Legal Service Corporation, will speak (and answer questions) on Social Security and Supplemental Security Income Benefits at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at South Regional Library. For information, call 981-1028.
            Dr. Renate Dohmen, UL assistant professor in art history, will offer a presentation highlighting the cultural and aesthetic influences between Islamic and European cultures over the centuries. The film series and lecture are sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Library Association and George Mason University’s Ali Vural AK Center for Global Islamic Studies.

            The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys Film Series and Lecture
Film Series schedule at South Regional Library is as follows:            
            “Prince Among Slaves” (2007), 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10.
 An African slave relies on his Muslim faith to help him survive.
            “Koran by Heart” (2011), 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17.
 A coming of age story about Muslim kids in modern times.
            “Islamic Art Spots” (2013), 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. A series of short films showcasing art from Muslim societies.

            “Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World” (2011), 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 and “Mirror of the Invisible World” (2011), 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 2, followed by the lecture on “Tales of Allure and Influence: Islamic Art and the Art of Western Europe,” 7 p.m.