Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with HCPL

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May is the month set aside to acknowledge the important contributions that people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent have made to this country’s history and culture. This year, Harris County Public Library will once again celebrate the diversity of Asian and Pacific Island peoples with programs inspired by traditions from across that vast territory. HCPL invites you to enjoy the music and dance of India, sample the cuisines of Thailand and Japan, and explore cultures from China to Hawaii and points in between. There will be crafts, puppets shows, films, and fun for all ages.

A few of this year’s highlights include a demonstration of the Japanese sword-drawing art of Iaido at Evelyn Meador Branch Library, a concert of Indian classical music by Carnatic vocalist, Prema Bhat at Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch, and a Sushi-making class at Baldwin Boettcher Branch.  Additionally, both the Barbara Bush and Parker Williams Branch Libraries will host performances of The Clever Wife, a high-energy musical entertainment based on a Chinese folktale presented by Houston Grand Opera’s Opera-to-Go program.

Below are just some of HCPL's programs and events celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. For more full details, visit your local branch's events calendar.


Aldine Branch Library
Thursday, May 24   4:00 PM
Tween Mixer: Make Your Own Kite: Children will learn how to make their own fish kites called koinobori. Koinobori are an expression of Japanese culture that became an important part of life for children in Japanese American internment camps during World War II.

Atascocita Branch Library
Tuesday, May 15   4:00 PM
Celebrate Thailand! Children will learn about the culture of Thailand through a shadow puppet show, a craft and Thai food.

Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library
Monday, May 21   6:00 PM
Sushi Making: Learn to make this quintessentially Japanese delicacy with Carl Rosa of The Sushi Club of Houston. Please call to register: 281-821-1320.

Barbara Bush Branch Library
Monday, May 7   3:30 PM
Houston Grand Opera’s Opera To Go presents The Clever Wife: A Chinese Folktale This high-energy program was created especially for a school-age and tween audience. (Note: On Friday, May 11 at 4:00 PM, Parker Williams Branch Library will host a performance of this program).

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library
Thursday, May 3   6:30 PM
Prema Bhat, Carnatic Voice: Bring the whole family to enjoy the program presented by Indian classical vocalist, Prema Bhat.

Evelyn Meador Branch Library
Saturday, May 12   1:00 PM
Come see a demonstration of Iaido, or Iaijutsu, the art of drawing the Japanese sword. one of the Japanese martial disciplines of the classical warrior (samurai). Sensei Emily Egan of Clear Lake Iaido and Senpai Ash Welborn will demonstrate some of their schools' unique styles.

Fairbanks Branch Library
Monday, May 21   7:00 PM
Fairbanks Book Club turns eastward: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach-Lemmon is the incredible true story of Kamila Sidiqi who became an unlikely entrepreneur and mobilized her Afghani community under the Taliban’s repressive regime.

Katherine Tyra Bear Creek Branch Library
Wednesday, May 23   7:00 PM
Jade Koru Necklace: tweens are invited to create their own necklaces based on the koru design of New Zealand’s Maori peoples.

Katy Branch Library
Thursday, May 17   2:00 PM
Bonsai: learn about this ancient art and see a demonstration of pruning and growing techniques.

Kingwood Branch Library
Thursday, May 17   10:30 AM
From India, With Love: Enjoy a demonstration and hands-on instruction in the art of Indian dance.

La Porte Community Library
Wednesday, May 2   4:00 PM
Paper Lantern Craft: school age children are invited to create their own paper lantern.

Maud Smith Marks Branch Library
Saturday, May 5   1:00 PM
Celebrate Asian and Pacific Rim diversity with food, dancing, crafts and more. Make a lei, or an origami flower, or learn to write your name in Japanese calligraphy—a fun learning experience for all ages.

North Channel Branch Library
Tuesday, May 15   1:30 PM
Chopstick Fun! Join us for a special Storytime to celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Stories and fun!

Northwest Branch Library
Saturday, May 19   2:00 PM
Oasis for Children presents Dragons and All Things Asian: Ventriloquism, puppetry, origami, singing and story-telling bring Asian cultures into new perspective.

Parker Williams Branch Library
Friday, May 11   4:00 PM
Houston Grand Opera’s Opera To Go presents The Clever Wife: A Chinese Folktale This high-energy program was created especially for a school-age and tween audience.

Spring Branch Memorial Library
Thursday, May 17   3:30 PM
Hawaiian Luau: fun games, crafty crafts and toothsome treats to celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and our fiftieth state.

Tomball College and Community Library
Wednesday, May 23   7:00 PM
Mother-Daughter Book Club will read Justina Chen Headley’s Girl Overboard featuring a heady mix of boyfriend trouble, friend trouble, friend’s boyfriend trouble, a billionaire dad and snowboarding. Call YA Librarian, Kimberly for more details: 832-559-4200.

West University Branch Library
Monday, May 7   3:30 PM
Origami and Paper-Cutting Craft: All materials provided. All ages welcome.

All programs are free and open to the public.  For more information about the branch closest to you, call 713-749-9000.

Photo Credits (left to right):
Thailand Bangkok by puuikibeach
Longtan Park Beijing - ivanwalsh.com
Monk's caves by Tracy Hunter
Tokyo Night by Motoyen