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Ask A Muslim Anything: Robert Azzi Thursday May 12 at 7pm

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Arab-American Muslim Robert Azzi is a photojournalist and columnist based in Exeter. He has spent several decades working in and writing about the Middle East. A few years ago, Azzi began writing and speaking about Islam to dispel misconceptions about his faith and to create understanding.

Mr. Azzi has begun a current series of regional forums to offer a Muslim’s perspective to questions many may have with no reliable resource for answers. He feels that dialog is important to engender understanding.  View a recent news segment filmed at RPL  as NH-1 reporter Gail Huff Brown interviews Mr. Azzi about the forums here.

Questions range far and wide at each forum.  For example, at a recent event Azzi was asked about the oppression of woman in Muslim countries, and if that comes from the religion of Islam.

“There are only two verses in the Quran that deal with a woman’s attire, or a person’s attire,” he said.

The first deals only with the wives of the Prophet, he said. The second deals with modesty, but is directed toward both men and women.

Azzi continued to explain centuries of   patriarchal interpretation of Islamic scriptures which
more often than not, reinforced a gender bias.

Azzi said he would argue that the poor treatment of women comes from tradition and not from theology.  But not all Muslim countries are like that, he added.

This is just a sample of the type of thoughtful and reasoned exchange attendees can expect at this program.

Azzi acknowledges not everyone is going to like his answers, but has said “I think when people are talking to each rather than shooting or throwing stones at each other, it’s always a step forward.”

Mr. Azzi’s column appears in the Keene Sentinel, the Concord Monitor and the Portsmouth Herald.

College Planning: Cash Flow During College Years – Wed. July 15th at 7pm

7-15 College PrepCertified College Planning Specialist Joshua Bartlett shares information in the final of a three part series on college planning and financial preparedness.  Okay, your son or daughter is accepted into a college program.  Congratulations!  Now how do you pay for it?  Learn more about where to house college savings, minimizing borrowing, interest rate analysis and the effects of income and payments on financial aid.

 

College Planning: Cash Flow During College Years – Wed. July 15th at 7pm

7-15 College PrepCertified College Planning Specialist Joshua Bartlett shares information in the final of a three part series on college planning and financial preparedness.  Okay, your son or daughter is accepted into a college program.  Congratulations!  Now how do you pay for it?  Learn more about where to house college savings, minimizing borrowing, interest rate analysis and the effects of income and payments on financial aid.

 

Rye’s Oldest Homes Thursday April 23 at 7pm

Join us as the Rye Public Library and Rye Historical Society cooperatively present a  power point talk about Rye’s historic homes and specifically the moving of the historic Marston House from Hampton to Rye in 1975.   This presentation will be given by Rye historian Alex Herlihy.

While many other historical homes will be considered, the majority of the presentation will concern the Marston house.   Originally built in 1654 , it was expanded in the early1700’s and 1840.  The history of this home represents three centuries of Marstons, one of the founding families of Hampton which used to include the southern part of Rye.

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Rye’s Oldest Homes Thursday April 23 at 7pm

Join us as the Rye Public Library and Rye Historical Society cooperatively present a  power point talk about Rye’s historic homes and specifically the moving of the historic Marston House from Hampton to Rye in 1975.   This presentation will be given by Rye historian Alex Herlihy.

While many other historical homes will be considered, the majority of the presentation will concern the Marston house.   Originally built in 1654 , it was expanded in the early1700’s and 1840.  The history of this home represents three centuries of Marstons, one of the founding families of Hampton which used to include the southern part of Rye.

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Portsmouth’s African Burying Ground Wed. Feb. 25th at 7pm

In 2015, the Portsmouth Community will complete the years long effort to honor those buried beneath Chestnut Street in Portsmouth’s downtown.

The Portsmouth African Burying Ground and Memorial Park – We Stand in Honor of Those Forgotten is the result of a dramatic revelation unearthed from a City street that has led to a forgotten people being brought to life and a community embracing its full history.  On an October morning in 2003, a series of coffins were revealed during infrastructure upgrades in the heart of the Portsmouth’s downtown.  Through archaeology and DNA analysis the City confirmed the site was a segregated burying place for Africans and their descendants (likely both enslaved and free) and that as many as 200 individuals are buried below.  Their names are unknown and their resting place – in use from the early 1700s through to the 19th century – was paved over, built over and mostly forgotten.

The presentation will focus on what is known about the site’s history, the community’s efforts to memorialize the site, and a description of the Memorial and its components.

Join us to share in this powerful story at an illustrated lecture in honor of Black History Month.  Snow date Feb. 26th.

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Portsmouth’s African Burying Ground Wed. Feb. 25th at 7pm

In 2015, the Portsmouth Community will complete the years long effort to honor those buried beneath Chestnut Street in Portsmouth’s downtown.

The Portsmouth African Burying Ground and Memorial Park – We Stand in Honor of Those Forgotten is the result of a dramatic revelation unearthed from a City street that has led to a forgotten people being brought to life and a community embracing its full history.  On an October morning in 2003, a series of coffins were revealed during infrastructure upgrades in the heart of the Portsmouth’s downtown.  Through archaeology and DNA analysis the City confirmed the site was a segregated burying place for Africans and their descendants (likely both enslaved and free) and that as many as 200 individuals are buried below.  Their names are unknown and their resting place – in use from the early 1700s through to the 19th century – was paved over, built over and mostly forgotten.

The presentation will focus on what is known about the site’s history, the community’s efforts to memorialize the site, and a description of the Memorial and its components.

Join us to share in this powerful story at an illustrated lecture in honor of Black History Month.  Snow date Feb. 26th.

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Portsmouth’s African Burying Ground Wed. Feb. 25th at 7pm

In 2015, the Portsmouth Community will complete the years long effort to honor those buried beneath Chestnut Street in Portsmouth’s downtown.

The Portsmouth African Burying Ground and Memorial Park – We Stand in Honor of Those Forgotten is the result of a dramatic revelation unearthed from a City street has led to a forgotten people being brought to life and a community embracing its full history.  On an October morning in 2003, a series of coffins were revealed during infrastructure upgrades in the heart of the Portsmouth’s downtown.  Through archaeology and DNA analysis the City confirmed the site was a segregated burying place for Africans and their descendants (likely both enslaved and free) and that as many as 200 individuals are buried below.  Their names are unknown and their resting place – in use from the early 1700s through to the 19th century – was paved over, built over and mostly forgotten.

The presentation will focus on what is known about the site’s history, the community’s efforts to memorialize the site, and a description of the Memorial and its components.

Join us to share in this powerful story at an illustrated lecture in honor of Black History Month.  Snow date Feb. 26th.

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Portsmouth’s African Burying Ground Wed. Feb. 25th at 7pm

In 2015, the Portsmouth Community will complete the years long effort to honor those buried beneath Chestnut Street in Portsmouth’s downtown.

The Portsmouth African Burying Ground and Memorial Park – We Stand in Honor of Those Forgotten is the result of a dramatic revelation unearthed from a City street that has led to a forgotten people being brought to life and a community embracing its full history.  On an October morning in 2003, a series of coffins were revealed during infrastructure upgrades in the heart of the Portsmouth’s downtown.  Through archaeology and DNA analysis the City confirmed the site was a segregated burying place for Africans and their descendants (likely both enslaved and free) and that as many as 200 individuals are buried below.  Their names are unknown and their resting place – in use from the early 1700s through to the 19th century – was paved over, built over and mostly forgotten.

The presentation will focus on what is known about the site’s history, the community’s efforts to memorialize the site, and a description of the Memorial and its components.

Join us to share in this powerful story at an illustrated lecture in honor of Black History Month.  Snow date Feb. 26th.

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Protect Our Oceans: The Rozalia Project Thurs. Nov. 20th 7:00pm

Join us as the award- winning Friends of the Rye Public Library welcome Rozalia Project’s Rachael Miller for images, videos, stories and information about Rozalia Project’s work protecting the Gulf of Maine and beyond from onboard American Promise. This talk will show you some of the creatures (attack lobsters!?), the incredible kelp forests and some surprising discoveries (underwater trash reefs ) Rozalia Project made while working on the problem of marine debris and marine protected areas over the last 4 years. This presentation is interactive and great for all ages.

In a special November promotion in cooperation with the Seacoast Science Center, all month Rye Public Library members can show their library cards for a discounted membership at SSC!  Remember the Science Center will be closed Nov. 17-23.

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