Library Celebrates Cultural Diversity In Natomas

Time news magazine named Sacramento as “America’s most (culturally) diverse city.” The Sacramento Public Library is celebrating the community’s wide-range of ethnicity and religions by presenting free February programs at selected branches.

Drum and Dance for Joy (family program)

Watch and listen to exciting dance and drumming from West Africa, the Congo, and the Caribbean with the Fenix Drum and Dance Company, Sacramento’s premiere African Dance performance company. The audience will learn the basic dances and will be encouraged to join a drum circle.

· February 18, Thursday, 4 p.m.: North Natomas Library, 4660 Via Ingoglia, Sacramento

Music from Around the World with Don O’Brien (family program)

Celebrate the cultural diversity of musical instruments around the world with musician Don O’Brien. Listen to music from diverse corners of the world, including Africa (double flute from Ghana), Ireland (Irish tin whistle), Native American (Navajo Indian flute), Australia (didgeridoo), Tibet (singing bowls and tingsha), and Italy (baroque recorder). The audience will have the opportunity to play some instruments.

· February 10, Wednesday, 4 p.m.: South Natomas Library, 2901 Truxel Road, Sacramento

Ashanti Printed Cloth with ArtWorks (family program)

The Ashanti people of Africa’s Ghana region paint and stamp patterns on fabric used for their garments. Attendees are invited to create a cloth wall hanging using fabrics, spools, bottle caps, cookie cutters, and other materials cut into animals and other shapes.

· February 25, Thursday, 4 p.m.: South Natomas Library, 2901 Truxel Road, Sacramento

For more information, please telephone the Sacramento Public Library at (916) 264-2920 or visit

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