Yosmar Salazar Marquez, a native of Venezuela, reads to children at the Aston Library to improve cultural awareness.

By LorettaRodgers

The Aston Public Library recently held story times which successfully brought cultures from across the world to children of the area. Ben Belahbib, of Morocco, and Yosmar Salazar Marquez, of Venezuela, shared the culture of their native countries with children as part of the Aston Library’s “One World, Many Stories” summer program.

The story times were organized by library storyteller Joanne Burns.

Ben Belahbib, dressed in native Moroccan garb, anxiously awaits the arrival of children at the Aston Public Library.

Belahbib was born and raised in Rabat, Morocco. He lived there for 45 years and was employed as a government budget controller. He retired in 2000 and relocated to the Unites States. He currently works at the circulation desk at the library.

Belahbib is the father of…

For the entire story pick up volume 2, issue 42 of the Community Spirit.

Aston Library storyteller Joanne Burns dances with young library visitors. Photos courtesy of the Aston Public Library

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