Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Bringing the World to Zionsville!

Do you enjoy learning about countries and cultures other than your own?  Have you ever wanted to spend a little time in another country but don’t have the means or the time?  If so, put this coming Saturday afternoon, February 23rd, 1 – 2:30 PM on your calendar and make your way to the Hussey-Mayfield Library for the International Fair!   

Our first International Fair was held in 1999 as part of a Youth Summer Reading Program and it has been held almost every other year since then.   This year, there will be at least 15 countries represented with tables full of cultural curios, crafts, cloths, music, books written in different languages, maps, food, etc. as well as participants from those countries available to tell you about their home country and culture.  

Some of the countries and cultures you will meet people from at this year’s International Fair are Japan, Italy, Lebanon,  China, India, Greece, Latvia, Great Britain, Jamaica, Lithuania, Mexico, Libya, Trinidad & Tobago  among others.  Some of our friends from other countries will have activities and crafts for you to do that are illustrative of the culture and life in their home countries.

Additionally, we will have some teen foreign exchange students at the American Field Service (AFS) table who can talk with visitors about their experiences living with American families this school year.  English for Internationals, a non-profit organization that provides classes for adults who wish to learn English (ESL) or improve their English skills will also be present to provide information about their ongoing classes in Zionsville. 

There will be music from the Baltic States by the band The Hedgehogs, some Steel Pan players from the Indiana Steel Pan Association and dancers demonstrating dance from India and Lithuania during the afternoon Fair.

Saturday's high temperature looks like it’s going to be in the upper 30s, still winter weather!  So, come to the Library on Saturday afternoon at 1 PM and warm up inside while you make some new friends and learn about countries and cultures from around the world! 
Registration is recommended to help our participants plan for amounts of food to bring for visitors to sample and enjoy. Registration may be done via the Library’s website Event Calendar bit.ly/hsF7UJ.  Go to Saturday, February 23rd on the calendar and register at the link for the International Fair.  See you there!

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