PAAIA Reminds Iranian Americans to Adopt a Library and Donate the Book Ancient Iran this Holiday Season

 December 11, 2009 Washington D.C. – The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) is pleased to announce the selection of the award winning children’s book “Ancient Iran” by Massoume Price to be placed in city, public, town and school libraries across North America, or to be given as gifts this holiday season.

How to Participate

Over the next 30 days, PAAIA Members and supporters can buy this wonderful book directly from the publisher, and give them as gifts to friends, or donate them to their local city, town, or school libraries at the discounted price of $14.97 USD or two for $25 USD.  (regularly $19.95)  The entire proceeds of purchases of “Ancient Iran” by PAAIA Members and supporters will go to the publisher, and none of the proceeds will be paid to PAAIA.

PAAIA Donors can either take the books to their chosen libraries in person, or to make it easier, have the books shipped directly to the library of their choice, with a personalized donation card recognizing the donor included by the publisher.

To purchase the book at the PAAIA Discount, visit Anahita Productions or Click Here now.  When ordering the book on-line, please use PAAIA’s special code: “PAAIA1909P”.

Purpose of “Adopt a Library” Project

Given PAAIA’s mission of image building, community building and mobilizing the Iranian American community to take action toward its common interests, including increasing awareness of our heritage and culture, it is important that the vast and rich history and heritage of Iran be made readily available to all Americans. What better way to do this than through a fun and easy to read and understand children’s book!

As you donate this book, please email us at info@ and tell us where you placed the book and any stories, so we can recognize you and report back on the progress of this important and fun project.

We hope that you will participate in this exciting project, and help us improve the image of Iranians in the US with this small but important and effective step.  We also hope and expect that this will be the first of many “Adopt a Library” projects featuring other valuable books about our Persian culture, history and heritage.

About the Book

Published in 2008 by Anahita Productions, the award winning book Ancient Iran is authored by Massoume Price and documents the ancient civilizations of the Iranian plateau in a pictorial format for children ages eight and up. Similar to the typical “Eyewitness” books on “Ancient Rome” and “Ancient Greece”, the book provides a comprehensive and easy to read look at life in ancient Iran. It features unique items such as a 5000-year old textile fragment and an artificial eyeball from the Burnt City and stunning objects from the ancient ruins of Susa in southern Iran. Follow life at the magnificent palaces of the Persian nobles at Persepolis, labeled by the Greek historians as the wealthiest city under the sun. Find out how the ancient Iranians lived, what they ate, how they were entertained and what they believed in. Trace the origin of Iranian languages and the development of Iranian scripts over the centuries. Discover the life of women and children and view fantastic jewelry the wealthy nobles, both male and female, wore for adornment. Follow the path of Alexander and the defeat of his heirs, the Seleucids, by the master archers the Parthians who ruled Iran for almost 500 years and stopped Roman advances into the Near East. Learn about the splendor of the Sasanian court and its contributions to the arts, textiles and music of the Near East for centuries, even after its demise in the 7th century.


.Timeline of Iranian history and art from 8000 B.C. to 650 A.D. plus glossary and index.

.Table showing the origin and evolution of Iranian languages in the area from earliest times.

.264 photos of original objects from major museums in Iran, Europe, Russia and North America.

.Winner of Moonbeam Bronze Medal for Best Children’s Book for Young Adults.

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