8 Countries In 1 Day

Saturday, September 8, 2018

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Hold onto your hats, DeKalb! Patrons are invited to a whirlwind adventure around the world as we portray the customs of eight different countries throughout the library. Join us for bilingual story times in Mexico! Witness Tinikling traditional dance in The Philippines. Experience the British invasion of the Beatles and watch Monte Python and Fawlty Towers. Sample cocktail samosas and Pani Puri in India. And much, much more! Other countries featured include Guatemala, Germany, and Brazil.

Each country will have crafts, activities, and food samples available while supplies last. Special performances will be scheduled throughout the event. Programs and “passports” will be handed out at the welcome table. Visit each country, get your “passport” stamped, and enter for a chance to win a prize! Bring canned goods for additional raffle tickets.

This event is entirely FREE and open to all, no need to register! It is funded by the Brian D. Slavenas Center for Cross-Cultural Understanding and held in conjunction with the First Lutheran Church and the NIU Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

Brian D. Slavenas was born in DeKalb on December 19, 1972. He graduated from DeKalb High School in 1991, after which he served two years in the Army Airborne in Italy. While getting his degree at UIUC in industrial engineering, he also pursued a pilot’s license, a flight instructor’s license, a commercial aircraft license, and taught flight.

On November 2, 2003, the Chinook 47 helicopter Brian was piloting was hit by a should-fired missile while flying over Fallujah, Iraq. The flight engineer survived the crash and he said that Brian’s last words were “automatic rotate”, putting the helicopter in emergency mode. While both pilots and fourteen others were killed, twenty of the 36 people on board survived thanks to Brian’s quick thinking and reaction. The purpose of the Center is to provide educational materials and programming with information and insight on world cultures to the public.

Last year we had over 600 people attend this program over two days. We hope to beat that record this year!

A special thank you to the organizations that have donated their services or materials to this program: DeKalb Confectionary.

For additional information, please contact Samantha at samanthah@dkpl.org or at (815) 756-9568 ext. 1701.