Wednesday, April 30, 2008


A great opportunity for family fun, no matter where your ancestors came from:


Take a trip around the world! The International Folkfest comes to life on Saturday, May 3, from 10 AM-5 PM when St. Louis Public Library's Central Library goes international! For 15 years, the International Institute and hundreds of local ethnic groups celebrated St. Louis’ rich and diverse cultural heritage through the Folkfest in Forest Park and other locales. Although the original Folkfest is no more, this new event will give you and your family the opportunity to enjoy the spirit of the original in the grand surroundings of Central Library.

The St. Louis Public Library and the International Institute will join in for a daylong celebration of cultural diversity, full of fun and learning for the entire family. You can tap your toes or swing your partner by the Music Stage in the Events Pavilion (2nd Floor). Outstanding local bands will play world music, while others will give us a taste of “ethnic disco” usually found only in ethnic neighborhoods.

And that’s not all. Some of the area’s finest folk dance troupes will perform in the Great Hall (2nd Floor), while small musical ensembles and storytellers will be featured in Culver Gallery (3rd Floor). Scattered throughout the building will be masters of traditional crafts demonstrating those proud traditions. In Youth Services (1st Floor), children will have their very own storytellers and crafts demonstrators.

But wait, there's more! You can also begin tracing your family tree or finding your family’s coat of arms in our History & Genealogy Department (2nd Floor). Our Fine Arts Department (2nd Floor) has books on collectibles, art, music, and dance from around the world, while our Humanities Department (2nd Floor) is the place to go if you’re interested in learning a foreign language. Our Special Collections Department (1st Floor) is featuring an exhibit of Ethiopian religious materials, and has a fine collection of 1904 World’s Fair books, periodicals, and ephemera. The Library also has cookbooks if you’re interested in ethnic cuisines, and travel guides if the Folkfest has you raring to visit one or more foreign countries!

Consider this free event a delightful way to introduce your family to all the wonderful things you’ll find at the Festival of Nations on August 23-24 in Tower Grove Park. So plan to be here at Central on Saturday, May 3, where a wonderful time will be had by all!

Central Library
1301 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103

Saturday, May 3, 2008
10 AM-5 PM

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