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Young tots got a cultural experience at a Haitian dance event in the Flatlands library branch on April 19.

A trio of performers from Troupe Zetwal showcased about three different Haitian movements and dances in brightly colored clothing. Wide-eyed kids and parents could not get enough, said one woman who stumbled upon the event with an 18-month-old toddler.

“I enjoyed everything — the music, the rhythm, and the colors because it was all very attention grabbing,” said Marie Turturro. “I had to stop to watch because of the music — it was so amazing. The baby was looking and he was mesmerized by all the colors so I had to stay.”

People gathered for an opportunity to learn about a different culture, and some who came just for the books at the library, were drawn to the sound of the beating of drums.

Turturro, who often comes to the library for the children’s reading session, said the event was a great opportunity for kids learning about other cultures, and noted that Brooklyn was one of the unique places that offers this.

“You can meet everyone from around the world here —China, Haiti, England — it’s incredible,” she said. “That’s why I love the public library —it’s for everyone and I really hope they do more events like this.”

Reach reporter Alexandra Simon at (718) 260–8310 or e-mail her at asimon@cnglocal.com.
Updated 3:05 am, July 10, 2018
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