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Many cultures, one community: Johns Creek celebrates International Day



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Presentation by the Demo Team of Yong in Tiger Tae Kwon Do on Saturday, March 23 as a part of International Day at Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library. JULIA POTAPOFF. (click for larger version)

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Asma Hashim, a seventh-grade volunteer at Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library, near the chain made of slips of papers onto which people wrote their country of origin. JULIA POTAPOFF. (click for larger version)

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Sarah Northrop and Julia Northrop, along with Monica Tang, filed through the boxes of stamps while picking out which ones they wanted to take with them. JULIA POTAPOFF. (click for larger version)

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Will Varner stood by the library’s collection of toys from around the world and pointed out that his favorite one was koma, an Asian toy. JULIA POTAPOFF. (click for larger version)

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Chuck Catledge, who has been a member of the North Fulton Amateur Radio League for five years, altered the satellite signal in order to contact stations in other countries. JULIA POTAPOFF. (click for larger version)

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Johns Creek High School donated some paintings for the library’s “International Art Display.” Jaden Lin stands by his favorite piece of artwork, a painting by Sarah Wang. JULIA POTAPOFF. (click for larger version)

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Cobb County Stamp Club Treasurer Scott Mark, President Cass Rejent and member Roger Quinby have been collectors for several years and brought in thousands of stamps. JULIA POTAPOFF. (click for larger version)

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Members of the Friends of the Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library organization, Nan Brown, Vicki Johnson, Dawn Limperman, Sandra Bourbon and Pat Lampana, helped put together the chain that contained library attendees’ names and country of origin. (click for larger version)
March 27, 2013
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — On Saturday, March 23, Friends of the Library hosted the third annual International Day at Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library in Johns Creek.

"We wanted to showcase how many different cultures the library serves and the diversity within our community," said Sandra Bourbon, a member of the organization.

The event included a stamp collection display, a presentation by the Demo Team in Tiger Tae Kwon Do and the opportunity to see a local radio league talk to radio stations from all over the world.

Before leaving, participants wrote their country of origin on a slip of paper. This was added to a lengthy "multicultural chain" hung up in the library.

Stamp collectors brought in thousands of stamps from various countries and people were able to figure out where certain stamps came from before picking out which ones they wanted to take home.

"It's one of those rainy day activities that let you explore the whole world," said Roger Quinby, member of the Cobb County Stamp Club and avid stamp collector for 60 years.

The North Fulton Amateur Radio League provided an operating station used to demonstrate international communication and allowed attendees to talk with someone on the radio.

President of the radio league, John Kludt, said he's been able to contact about 136 countries over the years.

"It's fun to talk to people all over the world," Kludt said.

3/28/13 JC

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