Written by Jess Paniszczyn
The young and the young at heart flooded into Coppell’s William T. Cozby Public Library to experience the Festival of Nations: Russia. Throughout the afternoon, the event offered a glimpse into Russia’s food, costumes, art and culture.
“This is our third year doing the Festival of Nations,” Librarian Jennifer Franz said. “We started off doing one festival and trying to have many nations, and we really didn’t serve anybody well. So we decided to focus on a country. Each summer we try to have a wide range of nations.
“The crowd today is phenomenal. We’ve had quite a turnout, and a lot of it is from the Eurasian Association. They helped with a lot of the tables. It’s been awesome.
“There is something for everybody here. It is a great program to bring kids to, but the adults get a lot out of it as well. It is a good all-ages program.”
A unique aspect of the program was that a number of former Russian citizens attended the event, filling the room with the sounds of the language and offering their perspective on life as Americans by choice.