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Idaho Refugees Will Share 'Neighbor Narratives' at Boise Public Library Branches

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An average of 1,450 people become U.S. citizens each year at naturalization ceremonies in Boise. - KELSEY HAWES
  • Kelsey Hawes
  • An average of 1,450 people become U.S. citizens each year at naturalization ceremonies in Boise.
The new Boise Public Library branch in Bown Crossing isn't even one-month old, and it's already taking part in BPL community engagement sessions, beginning with an exploration of our ever-growing refugee population.

Refugees from different parts of the world and different walks of life will tell their stories at the Bown Crossing branch on Tuesday, June 27, as part of "Neighbor Narratives," a new element of the BPL SummerFest program.

"We've had some really wonderful experiences in the community with other story-telling events," said Olivia Johnson, an AmeriCorps Vista specialist at the Idaho Office for Refugees. "They've been well attended, and we've received a lot of good feedback."

At the June 27 event, attendees can sample food from Bosnia, Ethiopia and Iraq, and Johnson said IOR is working on organizing tours of ethnic-themed restaurants in the community.

"We want people to see the incredible amount of culture and diversity in Boise," Johnson said. "It's a way to celebrate and educate how diverse we are, and draw attention to these three countries in particular."

Another "Neighbor Narratives" event will be at the Boise Public Library main branch on Capitol Boulevard on Wednesday, June 28, and the Hillcrest branch on Thursday, June 29. All of the events begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.




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