Second Annual Downtown Library International Festival


The color and excitement of an international event is coming to the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Avenue, when it presents the International Festival on Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

“We began with an Asian festival several years ago and it was terrifically popular so we decided to expand that to an International Festival in 2011,” said librarian Sheldon Beach, “and the Second Annual edition should be even more exciting and educational than the first one.

“It’s very rewarding to see how people, especially children, react when they are introduced to different clothing styles, activities and food.  They see a lot of these things on television, but there’s something special about seeing them alive and in person.”

The International Festival will feature a wide variety of performances, demonstrations, arts, and crafts celebrating cultures from around the world.  Performances will be in the 46 Star Auditorium on the library’s fourth floor, with the exception of The Flying Fiddler Wayne Cantwell, who will perform in the Atrium.  Food will also be available in the Atrium supplied by Cafe Do Brasil, Turkish Raindrop House, Taj Cuisine of India, and Laotian Cuisine by Chef Nongy.  Craft demonstrations from Africa, China, India, and Native Americans will be ongoing on the fourth floor.

Performances include:

The Downtown Library International Festival is free for all ages and open to the public.  Please call (405) 231-8650 with questions. For more information about this or any Metropolitan Library System event, visit the MLS website,

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