Friday, July 29, 2011


Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, begins this year on August 1. Muslims around the world spend the month fasting from dawn to sunset, for fasting teaches self-disclipine and empathy for the less fortunate. At sunset the fast is broken with a special meal called the Iftar, often shared with extended family and friends. Ramadan is also a time of prayer, worship, charitable giving, community service, and humility.

The Youth Services Department has several books and DVDs to introduce children to Ramadan. Here's a small sampling:

Under the Ramadan Moon by Sylvia Whitman
Fasting and Dates: A Ramadan and Eid-Ul-Fitr Story by Jonny Zucker
A Party in Ramadan by Asma Mobin-Uddin
Night of the Moon by Hena Khan
Ramadan Mubarak (part of the Adam's World DVD series)

The Muslim Community Association (3003 Scott Blvd., Santa Clara) will hold a community Ramadan Open House on Saturday, August 13 at 6:30 pm. Admission is free, but guests need to make a reservation by emailing For more information, call 408-986-9874.

Warm wishes to all of our library families celebrating the Ramadan season!

posted by SPB