Utica Public Library hosts World Refugee Day event

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - To celebrate the many cultures that make up the Mohawk Valley, the Resource Center for Refugees filled the Utica Public Library Saturday for a day of learning and fun.

It's part of their World Refugee Day event series this month to raise awareness of the area's different cultures and the the plight of refugees around the world. Families took part in activities and read story books in different languages.

Each year the event takes on different forms. This year's focus: education.

Jennifer Chard, the events coordinator for World Refugee Day, said, "We chose the Utica Public Library because it's a wonderful source of learning. They have lots of books to raise awareness about diversity and really bring the refuges into the community and bring information about the community to the refugees."

After activities and story-time, guests enjoyed a special performance of folklores from around the world by Master Storyteller Lonna Pierce.

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