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King County Library System Celebrates Gift Honoring Mahatma Gandhi

October 1, 2009

ISSAQUAH, Wash., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As the world marks the 140th anniversary of the birth of Mohandas Gandhi, the King County Library System welcomes a special gift to the people of Washington from the government of India. To commemorate Gandhi’s contributions toward peace and nonviolence, KCLS is pleased to receive a bronze statue of Gandhi by renowned Indian artist Anil R. Sutar.

The sculpture, a permanent installation in the south lawn of the King County Library System’s Bellevue Library, will be unveiled during a day-long reception and festival Saturday, October 17, in the library courtyard at 1111 110th( )Avenue NE in Bellevue.

“We are honored to receive this moving tribute to the iconic leader of nonviolence,” said KCLS Director Bill Ptacek. The day of celebration begins at 11am October 17, and the sculpture will be unveiled at 2pm. All are welcome to join in the festivities, enjoy family activities and refreshments as we celebrate the memory of Mahatma Gandhi.

The public is invited to this celebration featuring Indian-American groups and cultural events, local and international dignitaries including Her Excellency Ms. Meera Shankar, Ambassador of India to the United States.

Parking is limited. A free shuttle provided by Starline Bus Service will be available the day of the event, 10am-5pm from Hidden Valley Park, 1905 112th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA 98044. Bus routes to the Bellevue Library include Routes ST550, MT249, MT233, MT249, and MT271. For more information visit http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov.

This generous gift has been made possible by the kind cooperation between the Government of India, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, the Consulate General of India in San Francisco, the King County Library System, the National Federation of Indian American Associations, the City of Bellevue, and the Trade Alliance of Greater Seattle.

SOURCE King County Library System


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