St. Joe’s County Public Library to Host Afghan Cultural Community Event

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Through a partnership with the United Faith Community of St. Joseph County, St. Joe’s County Public Library will host an Afghan cultural event at their main branch on Saturday.

The educational event is free, open to the public and runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Attendees will be greeted with cultural information and historical facts that honor Afghan culture as well as some of Michiana’s newest residents.

According to United Religious Community executive director John Pinter, his organization has resettled 36 Afghans to St. Joseph County in the past few months.

“The library offered to host an event to showcase their rich Afghan culture to the entire Michiana community. We were delighted to accept,” Pinter said.

Tre Goodhue, the library’s adult programming specialist, is excited to welcome the art, music and other cultural values ​​of Afghan culture into the community.

“Historically, our region has been a crossroads for a variety of communities. We want to continue this tradition with our Afghan neighbors by providing community members with a place to learn about their rich culture and history. This event is part of that tradition and the role of the library in our community,” said Goodhue.

James C. Tibbs