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Citizenship Week Events, Celebrating the Many Faces of Houston at the Houston Public Library

The Houston Public Library (HPL) joins the City of Houston in celebrating the Fourth Annual Citizenship Week, “Celebrating the Many Faces of Houston” scheduled for November 11-17. HPL is offering programs and events that highlight some of the world’s diverse cultural communities and traditions through various programs and exhibits. All programs are free and open to the public. For more details visit www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.

“Citizenship Week calls attention to the rights, privileges and responsibilities we have as citizens of this richly diverse city,” said Mayor Parker. “Equally important, it calls upon all citizens to join in a tradition that makes Houston a great city—our civic duty to serve our community.”

Featured Events

Living Library
Saturday, November 17 | 1 PM
McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library * 7405 Stella Link, 77025 * 832-393-2630
The Library in collaboration with the Center for the Healing of Racism invites the community to take part in the Living Library. As part of the event, ‘Living Books’ (people who have chosen to be a public representative of a certain part of the community) will be available for check-out by ‘Readers’ (library customers) for 30-minute conversations on various topics. The premise is that these personal conversations can foster mutual understanding and the goal is to connect strangers who might not normally have an opportunity to hear each other’s points of view. This event is free and open to the public.

The Ugandan Orphans Choir Performance – Sponsored by Childcare Worldwide
(Post-Citizenship Week Activity)
Tuesday, November 20 | 6 PM
Central Library * 500 McKinney, 77002 * 832-393-1313

The Ugandan Orphans Choir is a group of ten talented children ranging from 11 to 14 years of age. All ten children have been given hope through Childcare Worldwide’s sponsorship program, and now they devote their energy to helping other children have access to sponsorship and education. This event is free and open to the public.

These exuberant children delight audiences as they dance in colorful, traditional costumes accompanied by authentic African drums and other instruments. They sing African songs in their native language, which is Luganda, and have learned some songs in English as well. The choir has performed in churches and schools nationwide, as well as reputable venues such as Disneyland, KING 5 Television’s “New Day Northwest,” as well as Qwest Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks.

The Ugandan Orphans Choir is a ministry of Childcare Worldwide and has been devoted to transforming lives of children for over 30 years in nine developing countries. Childcare Worldwide seeks to make learning and the hope of future employment possible for every child they serve. The ultimate goal of sponsorship and education is to break the cycle of poverty in children’s lives.

Additional Citizenship Week Programs, Events and Workshops

NutriMen
Tuesday, November 13 | 4 PM
Freed-Montrose Neighborhood Library * 4100 Montrose, 77006 * 832-393-1800

Gymboree
Wednesday, November 14 | 10:30 AM
Meyer Neighborhood Library * 5005 West Bellfort, 77035 * 832-393-1840

Mark Shepherd’s Song Solutions
Wednesday, November 14 | 10:30 AM
Smith Neighborhood Library * 3624 Scott St., 77004 * 832-393-2050

Roly the Clown
Wednesday, November 14 | 10:30 AM
Smith Neighborhood Library * 3624 Scott St., 77004 * 832-393-2050

Laughter Yoga with Lainie Diamond
Wednesday, November 14 | 12 PM
Central Library * 500 McKinney, 77002 * 832-393-1313

CAP – Citizens for Animal Protection
Wednesday, November 14 | 4 PM
Stimley-Blue Ridge Neighborhood Library * 7007 West Fuqua, 77489 * 832-393-2370

Film Screening & Discussion: “A Place at the Table”
Presented in Partnership with the Center for the Healing of Racism
Wednesday, November 14 | 5:30 PM
Stimley-Blue Ridge Neighborhood Library * 7007 West Fuqua, 77489 * 832-393-2370

Christian Navarrete’s Arte Libre
Thursday, November 15 | 3:30 PM
Flores Neighborhood Library *110 North Milby, 77003 * 832-393-1780

PBS Community Cinema Presents “Solar Mamas”
Thursday, November 15 | 6 PM
Central Library * 500 McKinney, 77002 * 832-393-1313

Laughter Yoga with Bonnie Ross
Thursday, November 15 | 6:30 PM
Freed-Montrose Neighborhood Library * 4100 Montrose, 77006 * 832-393-1800

HGOco Storybook Opera
Friday, November 16 | 3:30 PM
Heights Neighborhood Library * 1302 Heights Blvd, 77008 * 832-393-1810

Laughter Yoga with Lainie Diamond
Saturday, November 17 | 12 PM
Heights Neighborhood Library * 1302 Heights Blvd, 77008 * 832-393-1810

Korean Farm Dance
Saturday, November 17 | 2 PM
Walter Neighborhood Library * 7660 Clarewood, 77036 * 832-393-2500

About Citizenship Week
Citizenship Week encourages Houstonians to become active in civic affairs and public service embracing the city’s rich cultural diversity. The celebration also spotlights Houston as a global city with a vibrant multicultural community and strong international business culture.

Citizenship Week is an initiative of the City’s Office of International Communities (OIC). The annual event is organized under the guidance of the Citizenship Week Steering Committee, composed of representatives of Houston’s diverse communities. This year’s event presenters include the Houston Public Library, the Houston Airport System and numerous community partners.

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.

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Contact:
Sandra Fernandez
Manager of Public Relations
Houston Public Library
832.393.1381; cell 713.435.9448
sandra.fernandez@houstontx.gov

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