- Kelsey Hawes
- An average of 1,450 people become U.S. citizens each year at naturalization ceremonies in Boise.
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."