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Bienvenidos to Roanoke's Welcoming Week

Bienvenidos to Roanoke's Welcoming Week

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Roanoke Public Libraries hold bilingual storytime every fourth Wednesday of the month at 10:30 at the Main Library on a regular basis, and added an extra one as part of the Welcoming Week celebration. Video by Heather Rousseau

Events will continue into this weekend. On Wednesday Marissa Blankinship, community services assistant with Roanoke Public Libraries, held a bilingual story time at the Main Library downtown.

“We are really trying to help expose Roanokers to the many cultures that are a part of our community and, then again, to give the opportunity to people from other cultures to share their cultures and their experiences with the rest of us,” she said.

Wednesday also kicked off the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month. Blankinship, as youth librarian Jeffrey Wood read books in Spanish and in English to more than a dozen parents and children. The library event included breaks with bilingual songs and dance.

Roanoke Public Libraries holds bilingual storytime every fourth Wednesday of the month at 10:30 at the Main Library on a regular basis, and added an extra one as part of the Welcoming Week celebration. The city libraries also included additional bilingual reading events for Hispanic Heritage Month, which is Sept. 15-Oct. 15.

These additional storytimes will be at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 30 at the Williamson Road Branch Library and 10:30 a.m. Oct. 6 at Belmont Branch Library. This Friday, is Salsa Lessons with Salsa Noke at Century Plaza, as part of Welcoming Week, that will include foods from local international restaurants to try. The event starts at 6:30 p.m.

All Welcoming Week events and all story times are free and open to the public.

For more information and a schedule of Welcoming Week events visit:https://www.roanokeva.gov/2434/Welcoming-Roanoke.

For a schedule of library events, visit https://www.roanokeva.gov/892/Libraries.

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Heather Rousseau is a staff photographer with The Roanoke Times. She moved to Roanoke in 2015 and has worked around the country as a visual journalist for over 15 years. She loves to share stories through photography and video.

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