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County Library to Explore Diversity with New Series

The Tuscarawas County Public Library System is unveiling the first installment of a new series at its Main Library this fall – Voices of Diversity.

“This three-part series is unique and a concept we look forward to continuing to explore,” said Director Michelle McMorrow Ramsell. “While many of our library programs provide an opportunity for people to join like-minded people in exploring a topic of interest, this series provides an opportunity for us to bring together a diverse group of people to explore what makes us unique and to discover what we have in common.”

The fall installment of Voices of Diversity includes three programs that will explore various aspects of our heritage.

The series starts with Family Recipes on Tuesday, October 17th at 6:30 p.m. and will explore those beloved family recipes that have been passed down for generations and often provide us a window into our family’s heritage. Participants are invited to bring samples of a favorite family recipe along with copies of the recipe to share.

“We are looking forward to gathering to sample the dishes and share the family stories that are tied to the dishes we brought,” said Adult & Teen Services Manager Robyn Guedel.

On Monday, October 23rd at 6:30 p.m., the series continues with a genealogy-related program titled DNA Tested that will explore DNA testing as a tool in researching family heritage.

“Many of us think we know where our family roots lead,” said Guedel. “Some people are using DNA testing to confirm or to further test what they believe to be true.”

Guedel said Mary Jamba, a trustee of the Ohio Genealogical Society and a past president of the Greater Cleveland Genealogical Society, will provide an overview of what you get when you buy a spit kit, including comparisons of three main companies. Jamba has also been the DNA User Group Leader at the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group.

The final installment of the Voices of Diversity series will be a panel discussion titled I AM to be held on Thursday, November 2nd at 6:00 p.m.

“We invite the community to come together for open and honest conversation with our panelists about race, religion, and immigration in our community,” said Ramsell.

Ramsell said that, in this installment of the ‘I AM’ program, the panelists will represent the voices of ‘I AM an Immigrant’ and ‘I AM Undocumented’. She added that the library is seeking a third panelist for the voice of ‘I Am a Refugee’ and encourages anyone who wishes to share a personal refugee experience to contact her at the library.

Confirmed panelists for the ‘I AM’ program include Olga Bravo, an immigrant, and Frieda Ibarra, a former undocumented immigrant who will each share their personal stories with the audience. A question and answer session with the audience will continue the conversation and be moderated by Dr. Nicole Willey and Dr. Christopher Roman from Kent State Tuscarawas.

Each program in the Voices of Diversity series requires registration and may be done by visiting the library’s online event calendar or by calling 330-364-4474 ext. 101. The Main Library is located at 121 Fair Ave NW, New Philadelphia.