Library Learners celebrate the holidays and culture at the Rocky Bluff Branch.
This year, the Manatee Literacy Council went above and beyond by organizing a multicultural holiday celebration for their Adult ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes. One of the three library locations serving as a hub for these classes played host to a festive gathering that showcased the rich diversity of the communities they serve.
What made this holiday celebration truly unique was the international flavor it brought to the table—literally! ESOL Instructor, Alan Gedeon, and his class transformed into a global culinary haven, featuring delights from Venezuela, Turkey, China, Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria, and, of course, the universally beloved pizza.
Attendees were treated to a delectable array of traditional dishes, each representing the cultural richness of the participating nations. From arepas and empanadas symbolizing the flavors of Venezuela to the aromatic spices of Turkish cuisine, the holiday spread was a testament to the council’s commitment to fostering understanding and appreciation among diverse communities.
This holiday celebration wasn’t just about food—it was a celebration of community and the shared journey towards literacy and independence. The event showcased the power of literacy to transcend cultural boundaries and bring people together in a spirit of mutual respect and understanding.
As the Manatee Literacy Council continues its tireless efforts to empower adult residents through literacy, the holiday celebration with the Adult ESOL classes stands as a shining example of how education, culture, and community can come together to create a truly enriching experience. In the heart of Manatee County, this festive gathering echoed the council’s commitment to fostering a community where every individual has the opportunity to thrive, regardless of their cultural or linguistic background.