SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
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LIST OF EVENTS
Women's Voices Now 
Sunday, August 12, 2:00pm, USCB Center for the Arts
Women’s Voices Now put out a call for filmmakers to “Speak up in the struggle for women’s rights. Tell your story. Tell her story.” They received over 200 films from 40 countries, all personal stories about women—their lives, hopes, struggles, and solutions.The stories from Afghanistan are beautiful, powerful, and moving. Join us at the USCB Center for the Arts on August 12th and help make these voices heard. Attendees will view a series of short films, followed by a panel discussion led by university scholars.
Program is free. No registration necessary. Click here  to view panelist bios.
The Message of the Qur’an 
Monday, August 27, 1:00-2:30pm, Penn Center Frissell Hall, St. Helena Island
Registration required, call 843-255-6486.
Imam Zaid Lites, Cleric from the Islamic Center of Savannah will present the history of the Islamic faith, misconceptions, and the role of women in the faith.
History of Child Labor in Beaufort District 
Thursday, August 23 at 5:30pm, 2nd Floor Lobby, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, SC 29906
Thursday, September 13 at 2:00pm, Bluffton Branch Library
Child Labor is a theme within In the Sea There are Crocodiles. Come learn about local industries that used children as a significant portion of their labor force until the 1930s.
America’s Role in the World: What Does National Security mean in the 21st Century? 
Friday, October 5 at 2:00pm, Beaufort Branch Library
Saturday, October 13 at 2:00pm, Hilton Head Branch Library
Saturday, October 22 at 6:00pm, St. Helena Penn Center, Frissell Hall
Moderator: Dennis Adams, retired Beaufort County Library Information Services Coordinator
Registration required (843)255-6464. Limit 25 people at each location.
This is a deliberative discussion prepared by the National Issue Forum Institute (www.nifi.org ). The materials for this discussion are provided by the National Issues Forum, a nonpartisan, nationwide network of locally sponsored public forums for the consideration of public policy issues. The purpose of a deliberative discussion is to get people together to reason and talk – to deliberate about common problems and to make choices with others about ways to approach difficult issues.
History of Tea in Human Culture: Display at the Library Branches 
September 5 - September 28
Display viewable during branch library operating hours.
A display will be available for viewing at all branches with the exception of the St. Helena Branch Library.
“Let Our Voices Emerge” Art Exhibit by Artist Olga Stamatiou 
September 4 through September 29
Beaufort Branch Library, 2nd floor lobby
Olga Stamatiou began painting in 1967 at the age of 21. She lived and studied in Athens, Greece, and received her BFA and MFA in Painting from Boston University. She began the “Let Our Voices Emerge” series in March 2011, after watching a International Women’s Daydemonstration in Cairo turn ugly. www.olgastamatiou.com 
Ethics in Journalism - Panel Discussion 
Thursday, September 13 at 1:30pm, Hilton Head Branch Library
The editors of local newspapers will present a lively discussion of the dilemmas facing newspapers. Moderator: Dennis Adams, retired Beaufort County Library Information Services Coordinator / Jeff Kidd, Editor of Beaufort Gazette / Jabari Moketsi, Editor of Gullah Sentinel / Tom Barton, Editorial Page Editor of the Savannah Morning News
Islam and Muslim Life in Modern Southwest Asia 
Saturday, September 15 at 11:00am, Bluffton Branch Library
Dr. David Damrel, PhD teaches World Religions/Comparative Religion at the University of South Carolina Upstate, with research interests in Islam, religion in India, and Islam in South Asia. Offered by The Humanities Council, SC. No registration required.
Outside Interests and Intervention in the Middle East Uprisings 
Thursday, September 27 at 1:30pm, Hilton Head Branch Library
Dr. Don Snow, Professor Emeritus at the University of Alabama is a renowned authority on the Middle East. He has written extensively on this topic and is a discussion leader for the Middle East forum series conducted by the Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning.
Islam and the Slave Trade in the Upper Guinea Coast
Monday, October 15 (please call 843-255-6486 for time), Penn Center Frissell Hall, St. Helena Island
Dr. Assan Sarr, College of Charleston, will discuss African Slavery and Islam and the connection with the SC Sea Islands & Gullah Culture. Registration required, call 843-255-6486.
Best Among Us
Saturday, October 20 at 1:00pm, Penn Center Frissell Hall, St. Helena Island
From Specialist Robert Ham, Army videographer. A discussion of the various topics that surround Afghanistan and our country’s role in making changes. Registration required. Call (843)255-6486. Limited to the first 25 registrants.
The Middle East: A Graphic Novel Experience
Wednesday, September 19 at 6:00pm, Bluffton Branch Library
Thursday, September 20 at 6:00pm, Beaufort Branch Library
Graphic Novels and Comics from the Middle East and about the Middle East. Lecture gives a brief overview of history of comics dealing with the Middle East and then delves into current works and trends.
Life Behind the Lines (Military Point of View)
Call 843-255-6486 for date/time, Penn Center Frissell Hall, St. Helena Island
A discussion about life in Afghanistan as a serviceman or woman. Registration required, call 843-255-6486.
MOVIE SHOWINGS 
Join us at our branches to view the following films. No registration necessary.
Beauty Academy of Kabul 
A documentary following American women who open an American-styled beautician school in Kabul.
Thursday, September 13th at 6 p.m., Beaufort Branch Library
Saturday, September 15th at 2 p.m., Bluffton Branch Library
The Kite Runner 
Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble. Based on the bestselling book by Khaled Hosseini.
Thursday, September 20th at 6 p.m., Beaufort Branch Library
Saturday, September 22nd at 2 p.m., Bluffton Branch Library
Thursday, October 18th at 1 p.m., Hilton Head Branch Library
A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan.
Thursday, September 27 at 6 p.m., Beaufort Branch Library
Saturday, September 29th at 2 p.m., Bluffton Branch Library
Afghan Star 
A look at how contestants on the musical contest program “Pop Idol” in Afghanistan risk their lives to appear on the show.
Thursday, October 4th at 6 p.m., Beaufort Branch Library
Saturday, October 6th at 2 p.m., Bluffton Branch Library
"Defying Silence: Afghanistan" Movie Screening 
Tuesday, October 9th at 5:30pm
An intimate look into Afghanistan through the lives of three performing artists. Theater directors/musicians willing to risk their lives in the wake of the Taliban regime's ban against the arts as criminal acts. There will be a live discussion after the movie with Co-Producer/Director/Writer Stacia Teele via Skype. FREE! No registration required. Special thanks to the Hilton Head Library Friends group for sponsoring this program.
Ed Robbins is an award winning Director/Writer/Producer Videographer with 20 years experience. He has directed, written, and filmed numerous documentaries across the world.
Stacia Teele is Co-producer/director/writer of Afghanistan: Defying Silence. Two films with Mr. Robbins have aired on ABC-Nightline, "Vasila's Heart" and "Vasila's Journey." She is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and has worked in theatre and film as an actor, director, and producer. View the trailer at afghanistandefyingsilence.com 
The Girl Effect: Dress for Success Fashion Show (Ages 12-18)
Tuesday, September 25 at 4:00pm, Beaufort Branch Library
Thursday, September 27 at 5:00pm, Hilton Head Branch Library
Friday, September 28 at 4:00pm, Bluffton Branch Library
J.C. Penney will provide a fashion show and advice on how to “dress for success” to teen girls. If you’ve ever wondered about the do’s and don’ts of how to look your best for an interview, now is your chance to find out for yourself and get your questions answered.
Middle East Experience for Teens (Ages 12-18)
Friday, September 14 at 6:30pm, Bluffton Branch Library
Ever wonder what your life would be like if you lived in a different country? Find out what a young person’s life is like in the Middle East.
Henna Tattooing for Teens (Ages 12-18)
Tuesday, October 16 at 5:00pm, St. Helena Branch Library
Bluffton & Hilton Head Branches, Please call branches for exact dates
What exactly is henna? And why is it more than exotic tattooing? Find out first hand. Registration is required and parental permission is required for actual application.
World Without Oil: Teen Board Meeting Discussion (Ages 12-18)
Saturday, October 20 at 12:00pm, St. Helena Branch Library
Teen discussion about what to do if suddenly there wasn't any oil. All teens welcome!
St. Helena Cooking Club - Afghanistan Cuisine
Tuesday, September 11 at 6:00pm, St. Helena Branch Library
Prepare an Afghanistan recipe at home and bring it in for others to taste & enjoy. (Bonus: you get to try other recipes too!)
Make sure to bring your recipe card. If you don’t know your way around the kitchen, taste testers are welcome. Open to everyone.
Mystical Magical Mosaics for Children (ages 8-11)
Registration required — please call your branch library.
Saturday, September 8 at 11:30am, Bluffton Branch Library
Tuesday, September 11 at 4:00pm, Hilton Head Library
Thursday, September 13 at 1:30pm & 4:30pm, Beaufort Branch
Saturday, September 15 at 1:00pm, Lobeco Branch Library
Saturday, September 29 at 1:00pm, St. Helena Branch Library
Build a Kite - Everyone welcome!
Saturday, September 29 at 1:00pm, Beaufort Branch Library
Saturday, September 29 at 1:00pm, Hilton Head Library
Saturday, September 29 at 1:00pm, Lobeco Branch Library
Monday, October 1 at 4:00pm, St. Helena Branch Library
Wednesday, October 3 at 4:00pm, Bluffton Branch Library
Kite Flying Day
Saturday, October 6 at 1:00pm, All library branches participating.
Join your local branch to fly your kite! Everyone is welcome. Call branch for specific kite-flying location.
“My Dreams for the Future” Children’s Essay Contest 
Just as the children of Afghanistan told of their dreams in the book “Afghan Dreams,” you can tell your dreams for the future
in this Essay Contest. Specific rules and regulations are available at your local library branch. Deadline for essay submission is September 25th. Three eReaders will be given as prizes!
Storytimes for Preschoolers (ages 3-5)
The following storytimes take place at different locations: the Bluffton Branch Library, the Neighborhood Outreach Center of Bluffton and the Neighborhood Outreach Center of Hilton Head.
Tea Time Storytime
Tuesday, September 4 at 11:00am, Bluffton Branch Library
Wednesday, September 5 at 2:00pm, Bluffton Branch Library
Thursday, September 6th at 10:30am, Neighborhood Outreach-HH
Thursday, September 6 at 11:00am, Neighborhood Outreach-Bluffton
Tuesday, September 11 at 11:00am, Bluffton Branch Library
Wednesday, September 12 at 2:00pm, Bluffton Branch Library
Thursday, September 13th at 10:30am, Neighborhood Outreach-HH
Thursday, September 13 at 11:00am, Neighborhood Outreach-Bluffton
Friday, September 28 at 4:15pm, Neighborhood Outreach-HH
Tuesday, September 18 at 11:00am, Bluffton Branch Library
Wednesday, September 19 at 2:00pm, Bluffton Branch Library
Thursday, September 20th at 10:30am, Neighborhood Outreach-HH
Thursday, September 20 at 11:00am, Neighborhood Outreach-Bluffton
Food Around the World
Tuesday, September 25 at 11:00am, Bluffton Branch Library
Wednesday, September 26 at 2:00pm, Bluffton Library
Thursday, September 27 at 10:30am, Neighborhood Outreach-HH
Thursday, September 27 at 11:00am, Neighborhood Outreach-Bluffton
Magic Carpet Tales for Children (ages 4-7)
Tales of wonder and adventure from the Middle East for young
children and their families. Join us at any branch library!
Wednesday, August 15 at 4:00pm, Bluffton Branch Library
Tuesday, August 28 at 6:30pm, Hilton Head Branch Library
Tuesday, August 28 at 4:30pm, Lobeco Branch Library
Thursday, September 6 at 4:00pm, St. Helena Branch Library
Saturday, September 15 at 2:00pm, Beaufort Branch Library
Arabian Tales for Children (ages 8-11)
For older children, a collection of tales that bring the fantasies,
dreams and realities of the Middle East to their local library branch.
Wednesday, September 12 at 4:00pm, Bluffton Branch Library
Thursday, September 20 at 4:00pm, Beaufort Branch Library
Thursday, September 20 at 4:00pm, St. Helena Branch Library
Tuesday, October 2 at 4:30pm, Lobeco Branch Library
Thursday, October 4 at 6:30pm, Hilton Head Branch Library