Everyone is encouraged to get up from their armchairs and take a spin around the room during an evening of international folk dances Tuesday, July 12 at 7 p.m. in the Friends Community Room of Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St.

Participants will experience a bit of the cultures of Greece, Israel, Italy, Turkey, Armenia, Japan and the Balkan countries through circle and line dances — simple dances that people do when they gather to celebrate in community. Most dances do not require a partner.

Folk dancing offers a way to enjoy beautiful music, learn a wide range of styles of dance, socialize with other people who love to dance and have a great time while getting exercise. Between October and late May, the Thomaston Folk Dance Group meets twice each month on the second and fourth Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m. at Watts Hall in Thomaston; for more information, call Susan Wind at 542-2283.

The program is part of a series of programs held in conjunction with the Novel Destinations adult summer reading program, which has a theme of world culture. The next program, The Inside Scoop on Coffee with Rock City Master Roaster Yvonne Smith, will be held on Tuesday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m., also in the Friends Community Room.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.