Bread equals community at Anythink event

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Bread is common around the world but what it is and what it means differs depending on culture, according to Anythink Library organizers.

It was the concept Nov. 30 as the library brought more than 25 participants from the Westminster and Thornton communities came together to “break bread” at the Wright Farms branch of the Anythink system. Vendors and participants came together as a part of Community Voices, a new series at the library.

“Our vision for this program series is to focus on not what sets us apart, but what brings us together,” Maria Mayo, program organizer, said while participants wandered in.

“One of the fundamental ways we can do that is over bread,” she said.

From a French pastry chef sharing the beauty of how croissants are made to an amateur baker sharing stories of how ladi pav bread from Western India is delivered warm wrapped in newspaper, the warmth of community shone from each person as they moved from table to table. “It’s kind of like cultural speed dating,” Mayo said.

By supporting initiatives that help enhance people’s quality of life, Anythink becomes more than a library; it becomes a destination.

Despite all the technological advances, people still need people to relate to, to share a common purpose and libraries offer a chance for diverse communities to come together. Visit https://www.anythinklibraries.org/ to view upcoming events.

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