Candy Lei Craft at Evelyn Meador

Asian-Pacific Heritage Month is a great time to celebrate the many cultures of the East.  To celebrate at Evelyn Meador we decided to create candy leis, inspired by the traditional craft of the Hawaiian Islands.
A lei is, most simply, any series of objects strung together to be worn, usually as a necklace.  Traditionally, flowers of various types may be chosen, but, over the years, many other types of leis have been created using any number of interesting materials, such as shells, paper money and fabric.
Candy was our material of choice for the leis for a couple of reasons. Number one is the kids always like it! Number two is that candy is a bit easier to acquire than exotic flowers, and certainly more easily disposed of!
Here is a shot of the kids hard at work.

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Evelyn Meador Iaido Event in the The Bay Area Observer!

The Evelyn Meador Library's Iaido demonstration, featuring performances by Emily Egan Sensei of Clear Lake Iaido and her outstanding students, and your's truly, Ash Welborn of Shin Shin Ryu Iaijutsu, was a great success! We were happy to learn that Rebecca Collins of the Bay Area Observer was in attendance, and featured us in the following week's edition. Egan Sensei and I are looking forward to next year's demonstration.

Local Photography Exhibit Reception

The Friends of the Evelyn Meador Library will host a reception on Monday, May 21st for local bird photographer Dr. J. C. Stormer. Dr. Stormer's bird photography is currently on display in our gallery through the end of the month. The reception will be held in the Meeting Room at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome!

Iaido Display for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Evelyn Meador Library's display case features items celebrating Japan's ancient warrior traditions. The display includes iaito (practice swords), an antique jingasa (samurai "war hat"), fascinating books, and more. Stop by and check it out!

Vote for Evelyn Meador in the In Your Space / Designer Pages Project Challenge!

Interior with Circulation Desk / Evelyn Meador Branch LibraryEvelyn Meador Branch Library has been chosen to compete in the Mohawk Group's In Your Space / Designer Pages Project Installation Challenge. The contest is intended to celebrate "spaces that feature carpeting by the Mohawk Group."

Think of it as a beauty contest for buildings and you can help choose the winner!

As most of you know, the original branch was severely damaged by Hurricane Ike. The new Evelyn Meador Branch Library, designed by English + Associates Architects, opened in June 2011, and Harris County Public Liibrary and the people of Seabrook are justifiably proud of its innovative and elegant design.

Cast your vote(s) for Evelyn Meador Branch Library, now! at http://inyourspace.designerpages.com

For those very enthusiastic souls, there is no rule against voting more than once, so click as many times as your mouse-clicking finger can stand.