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Central Library Invites Teens to Celebrate 'SwedeFest' for Memphis in May

By: Marcey Evans

Teens, ages 12 - 16, can experience Sweden during SwedeFest, held Thursday, May 16, 2013, 3 pm, at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue), first floor, room L-56. See you there!Across the Atlantic Ocean, a world away, lies the country of Sweden. To celebrate Memphis in May, teens (ages 12 – 16) can visit this distant country and experience its culture and customs first-hand without leaving Memphis.

SwedeFest will take place on Thursday, May 16, 2013, 3 pm, at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue) in meeting room L-56 on the first floor. From ABBA music and games to cultural food and fashion, teens will get a taste of what Sweden has to offer.

“We are going to show teens a side of Swedish culture that is both pop and contemporary,” said Humanities librarian Ashley Roach of the Central Library. “We will show several short Swedish films, images of Sweden’s famous ice hotels, and we’ll host a contest making ice hotels from sugar cubes!”

“It will be like taking a mini trip to Sweden,” added Humanities librarian Keshia Williams. “Teens can expect to learn about Sweden while having fun.”

A getaway without getting away, teens who attend SwedeFest will understand Swedish culture and the world in new ways. “We tend to get wrapped up into our own surroundings and neglect the world as a whole,” Williams said. “So, come ready to have fun!”

Roach agreed: “Our world is gigantic, and our cultures are diverse and exciting. It is important (for teens) to experience other cultures. They can look out of a tiny window into another place on the other side of the world and bring that world much closer. Hopefully SwedeFest will give teens the travel bug and make them want to visit Sweden!”

For more information about SwedeFest or other Library programs and events, visit www.memphislibrary.org or call (901) 415-2700.