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Kids travel the world without ever leaving Park Rapids

From left, Aiden Singer, Sophie Bender, Anna Saviage, Nikki James, Lealan Norby, Emma Polson and Patrick Simmons listen to a story about Germany read by Pam Allebach during the Festival of Nations at the Kitchigami Regional Library in Park Rapids. Pam taught them how to say 'gummy bears' in German, and they even got to eat a few. (Abbie Grossman / Enterprise)

Kids traveled to Germany, Sweden, Norway, Greece, Japan, Thailand, Peru and Korea on Tuesday to celebrate different countries and cultures without ever leaving the Kitchigami Regional Library in Park Rapids.

The Festival of Nations was held in the meeting room in the basement of the library, filled with booths holding artifacts and souvenirs from each country featured.

This program was a part of the summer library program and put an exciting spin on education.

The booths contained a little bit of everything, from Norwegian Lefsa and Krum Kage, to seaweed candy called Jao Kae Noi from Japan. Every booth had something tasty to try, fascinating souvenirs to look at, activities and stories to participate in or all of the above.

Sweden featured Swedish cook books, as well as paintings by Swedish artists or based on the culture.

Norway had specialty Norwegian foods as well as souvenirs and statuettes pertaining to Norway. Coloring pages and crayons were also laid out depicting Vikings.

Greece displayed the Greek alphabet, as well as pictures of Greek flags.

Candies, origami and pictures were shown at the Japan booth. Markers were available for kids to make faces on their origami cats or dogs.

Thailand had maps and books on display for all to look at and enjoy.

The rainforests of Peru were displayed through pictures as well as dolls and a mask made entirely out of natural resources from the rainforest.

Wooden shoes were laid out on Peru's table for anyone to try on, as well as a map depicting the exact location of Korea as well as books and pictures.

With smiles on their faces the kids went from booth to booth, usually more than once, and asked question after question, where the local tour guides were always ready with an answer to their hungry search for knowledge.