Arlington Hills Library to celebrate centennial with World Dance Party

Arlington Hills Library is celebrating its 100th birthday on Saturday, Sept. 30. The community is invited to bring the entire family to enjoy a World Dance Party from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Ave.

To honor the rich cultural diversity of the neighborhood, the celebration features an array of dance styles, foods, and activities. Performers will offer quick, easy lessons in each dance style, followed by a chance for everyone to participate in Karen, Mexican, and Somali dance, as well as breakdancing and soul line dancing performed and taught by the Karen Cultural Organization Dance Group, Erundi, Somali Museum Dance Troupe, Icy Styles Crew, and Gotta Dance Soul Line Dancing.

Activities include henna tattoo art and making maracas and streamers. There will also be opportunities for everyone to share their library memories and stories on the library’s Digital Scrapbook.

“We’re excited to celebrate 100 years in this community with a party that brings together people of all ages for music, dancing, and fun,” said Arlington Hills Library manager, Tracy Baumann.

The original library, built in 1917 at the corner of Greenbrier and Jessamine Avenue East and funded by Andrew Carnegie, now houses the East Side Freedom Library. Arlington Hills Library joined Arlington Hills Recreation Center to create the Arlington Hills Community Center in 2014 at the corner of Payne and Maryland Avenues.

Arlington Hills Library’s celebration is part of the library’s 100 Years/100 Stories campaign. Learn more


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