The Rimbey Municipal Library’s cultural cafés have come to a close and librarian Jean Keetch said they have provided a snapshot view of other music, culinary tastes and lifestyles of other cultures.
A cultural café with the focus on Mexico was held last Friday at the Catholic Church in Rimbey with about 50 people in attendance.
“It was absolutely wonderful,” said Keetch. “There was a good variety of Mexican food and the band, Mariachi West from Edmonton entertained. The music was amazing and there were even children up dancing.”
Earlier this year the library featured culture cafés with the focus on Korea and Africa.
Keetch said each café gave the community an opportunity to experience insight into other cultures which they may not otherwise be privy to.
Keetch believes it is important to hold such events to welcome people of other cultures into the community.
“We have lots of immigrants moving into Rimbey. We need to hear their music and taste their food and learn more about their culture so they know they are welcome,” she said.
The cultural cafés were made possible through a federal grant of close to $3,000.
A visit from author Lesley Livingston, who writes books geared for young adults such as Wondrous Strange and Once Every Never will be happening at the library on Oct. 3 at 3:30 p.m.
On November 29, the Popoviches, a musical, comedy man and wife team will visit the library.
The public is invited to attend a community needs assessment to be held at the Rimbey legion at 10 a.m. on Sat., Oct. 25.
Keetch said the needs assessment is needed to ascertain if the library is meeting the needs of the public and providing services, activities and events in keeping with what the community would like to see.
A lunch will be served in conjunction with the needs assessment.