Travel Safety Initiatives
We want everyone to travel safely in Chapel Hill. The Police Department and area partners will continue speed enforcement and Watch for Me N.C. initiatives throughout the month of February. These initiatives are an effort to continue to preserve and enhance a safe community in which to travel, whether on two wheels, four wheels, two feet, or other methods.
Watch For Me N.C. is a statewide safety initiative designed to improve relationships on roads between people who drive, people who walk, people who roll and people who bike. People may receive helpful information, warnings, and in some cases, tickets for violations during these initiatives.
The Chapel Hill Police Department is taking additional steps to encourage safety among all travelers of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and throughout the community. You may notice an enhanced police presence along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Watch For Me N.C. travel-safety initiative scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27, is being moved from South Columbia Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. You will also notice temporary digital signs along the road to encourage safe-travel behaviors.
Books Sandwiched In Meets Aug. 2
Books Sandwiched In will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, for a discussion of How Does It Feel to be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi.
This book won an American Book Award and the Arab American Book Award for Non-Fiction. Bayoumi, a professor at City University of New York, writes for prestigious journals, including the New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, The London Review of books, The Nation, and more. His newest book, The Muslim American Life; Dispatches from the War on Terror (2015) also received awards.
The title “How Does it Feel to Be a Problem?” comes from a question posed by WEB DuBois in The Souls of Black Folk (1903). In the book we meet seven young (in their 20s) Arab American men and women from Brooklyn, home to the largest number of Arab Americans in the United States. We discover through them problems they have faced or are facing; for example, government surveillance, workplace discrimination, warfare in their countries of origin, threats of vigilante violence, infiltration of spies and informants in their midst, and the disappearance of friends and/or family. We also learn how they cope and find meaning in their lives.
Books Sandwiched In is free and open to the public. You may bring a sandwich and share your thoughts on the book scheduled for discussion. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library, this group provides copies of current titles, available at the circulation desk on a first come, first served basis. Selections for the year are chosen by the members and can be found on the Friends' web site at www.friendschpl.org. We hope you will join us.
Who: Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library
What: Books Sandwiched In Book Club - Free and Open to the Public
Where: Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Room C
When: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2
Book: How Does It Feel to be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi.