Thursday, February 12, 2015

Bringing the World to Zionsville! International Fair at the Library

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 Saturday, February 21st, 1 - 2:30 PM on your calendar and come to the first floor of the Hussey-Mayfield Library for our 8th 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 16 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.  

People from these countries and cultures will be represented at this year’s International Fair: Japan, Switzerland, Haiti, Lebanon, Bulgaria, China, Sweden, India, Latvia, South Vietnam, Germany, Nicaragua, Ukraine, Jamaica, Lithuania, and Libya. Others may be added before Feb. 21st.

You might find activities and crafts for you to do that are illustrative of the culture and life in their home countries at some of our friends' displays.  


There will be young dancers demonstrating dance from Latvia during the afternoon Fair as well as a woman from  India playing a Veena.  And more entertainment may be added!

Additionally, the American Field Service (AFS) high school foreign exchange student program will have a table and invites visitors to learn about hosting foreign exchange students as well as possibly becoming one! 

We are in for a bit of snow and very cold temperatures between now and then, and the 10-day forecast currently shows that Saturday as being  drizzly with a high temp near freezing.  Brrr!

So, come to the Library on Saturday afternoon, February 21st 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 . Go to Saturday, February 21st on the calendar and register at the link for the International Fair.  See you there!

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