Heritage Month Celebrations

Embark on a journey with us to better understand yourself and others. Take time this month to celebrate and learn about the histories, contributions, and current experiences of those around you.

The stories highlighted here act as windows into other cultures and mirrors of our own experiences.

Celebrate Diversity Month (April)

Fairchild Hall: So You Think You Know Westerville?

Explore a semi-abandoned building off Sunbury Road called Fairchild Hall, which used to be the Ohio Home for the Aged & Infirm Deaf.

Learn a Language

Learn to speak another language with these books, websites, classes, and online tools.

Food: A Big Chunk of Your Life

When Tara Dhungana arrived in Columbus, he noticed the food. Staple ingredients at local stores were different from the varieties he knew.

Northstar Cafe: So You Think You Know Westerville?

If you've eaten at Northstar Cafe, you may not have realized how much of the town’s history was woven into its architecture.

The Way of Tea

Dr. Yuko Eguchi Wright, assistant professor from the Urasenke School of Japanese tea ceremony, explains the components of tea ceremonies.

First Woman Officer: So You Think You Know Westerville?

In 1972, Westerville hired its first female police officer, Nancy Gene Giles. Giles joined us to share her highlights and challenges.

Katherine Wai: So You Think You Know Westerville?

How do imperialism, the opium trade, steamship travel, immigration law, and the horrors of war relate to Westerville?

Accidental History: Photographs of Westerville

Relive moments from the past 10 years with this curated collection of 75 photographs capturing daily life in your neighborhood and beyond.

Welcome to the Table: Westerville's Potluck

Discover the culinary culture of Westerville with an immersive exhibit. Delve into 70 years of diverse food traditions.

Amplify Westerville Voices

Designed to encourage conversations, foster empathy, and identify patterns and paths to change. All stories welcome.

2023 Schedule of Celebrations

  • February: Black History Month
  • March: Women's History Month
  • April: Celebrate Diversity Month
  • May: Mental Health Awareness Month
  • June: Juneteenth
  • July: Disability Pride Month
  • September: Hispanic Heritage Month
  • November: Native American Heritage Month

About This Initiative

The Westerville Public Library’s intention with this initiative is to reflect our diverse community, encourage acceptance, promote respect, expand understanding, amplify a wide range of voices, and energize community conversations. Suggestions for future celebrations welcome. 

Heritage in this context is intended to encompass the people, places, and things that have been passed down from generation to generation.

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