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      Michigan libraries launch 'Muslim Voices' project

      <font size="2">Michigan is one of three states piloting a program that aims to use literature to explore lives of Muslim youth.</font>

      Michigan is one of three states piloting a program that aims to use literature to explore lives of Muslim youth and start discussions about shared humanity.

      The New York Council for the Humanities leads the Muslim Voices project, which launches next month at libraries in the Detroit-area communities of Dearborn and Hartland.

      The project includes multiple sessions for children ages 8-12 and teens 14-17 from all faiths and cultural backgrounds. Organizers say the books' themes are community and courage.

      Other states involved in the pilot project are New York and Oklahoma. It's expected to expand later.

      The New York humanities group received a $195,000 grant for the project from the National Endowment for the Humanities.