Lawrence library to celebrate the ‘vibrancy’ of the city’s multicultural community

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The Lawrence Public Library will host its first Multicultural Fair this weekend to offer opportunities to connect with others and “celebrate the importance and vibrancy of Lawrence’s multicultural community.”

The event, set for 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at the library, 707 Vermont St., will feature dance performances by Grupo Folklorico MiSol, a traditional Mexican dance group, and KU Karisma, KU’s K-Pop dance club. It will include games, food, art and “other cultural offerings,” according to a news release from the library. 

“This free event is dedicated to embracing cross-cultural understanding and appreciation,” according to the library’s release. 

Terese Winters, information services librarian, said in the release that the library wants to recognize the importance of Lawrence community members who may not have been born in the United States, whose families have recently immigrated, folks who are learning English and more.

“Not speaking English as your first language can make entering the library a daunting experience,” Winters said in the release. “Over time, we hope to demonstrate clearly and compassionately that no matter what language you speak, we will meet you where you are.” 

Learn more, plus see a list of world language summer reading recommendations, at lplks.org/news/multicultural-fair/

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