Monday, June 27, 2011

Portage Library to host Peace Corps presentation June 28

HOUGHTON -- As part of its Summer Reading Program, "Reading Takes You Around the World," the Portage Lake District Library will host Peace Corps volunteers from Michigan Technological University from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28.

Patricia Butler was a Peace Corps volunteer in Armenia, and Michelle Cisz volunteered in Paraguay. Both participated in a program that allows Michigan Tech students to earn a Master’s degree while serving in the Peace Corps. Professor Blair Orr, director of Michigan Tech’s Peace Corps Master’s International programs, who teaches in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, served as a volunteer in Lesotho.

Slides of Armenia, Paraguay, and Lesotho will be shown. The presenters will describe their experiences in the countries where they volunteered, discuss the projects they worked on, and read or tell a folk tale from each country. There will also be displays of items or photos from the countries they visited. Orr will also talk about the Peace Corps in general and provide information on how to join.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit

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