Many cultures, one community: Johns Creek celebrates International Day

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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