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Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

This May, Harris County Public Library is proud to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Featured programs include an author visit with Gloria Chao, live poetry, sand art, cooking class, dance workshop and much more. Below is a list of featured programs and highlight events at our branches. To view all Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month listings visit our Events page.

All events are ONLINE and will be recorded. You can find them again on our Facebook and Youtube page.

Featured Programs

◊ Live Sand Art Demonstration May 4 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Live Sand Art Demonstration

Join us for a live (online) demonstration, as artist Junrui Garcia, PhD, shows us different
ways of manipulating sand as media to create artwork. Participants will have the
opportunity to ask questions following the presentation.

◊ Japanese Children's Day Japanese Children's Day (Kodomo no Hi) (Kodomo no Hi)  May 5 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

While May 5 is set aside for Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Houston,
in Japan, the date is a national holiday devoted to children - Kodomo No Hi, or
Children’s Day! Join the Japan America Society of Houston as we explore the holiday’s traditions, complete with the creation of Koinobori carp streamers.

◊ Dance of Asian America:Dance of Asian America Live Workshop  May 6 at 7:00 pm 

Follow-along with a principal dancer from Dance of Asian America in this live virtual workshop session. This session is great for beginners of all ages. Participants can
follow along and learn dance moves that highlight Asian Pacific Heritage. Stick around for a
live Q&A!

◊ Journey Through ChinaJourney Through China / Q&A   May 11 at 7:00 pm  

The vast land of China consists of the Mainland and 56 ethnic sub-regions each with its
own dance forms that directly reflect each group’s lifestyle and customs. Classical and folk dances are a precious part of China’s cultural heritage and serve as a wonderful tool for learning about its many various traditions, history, and culture.
Stick around for a live Q&A!

◊ Bilingual Vietnamese Bilingual Vietnamese Story Time Story Time May 12 at 11:00 am 

Enjoy Story Time in English and Vietnamese with Ms. Kathy! Let's celebrate AAPI
Heritage month with wonderful books written by AAPI authors.

◊ Live with YA AuthorLive with YA Author Gloria Chao Gloria Chao!   May 13 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm  

Live Conversation and Q&A with author Gloria Chao, who will discuss her latest book, RENT A BOYFRIEND.

◊ Taste Taste the Culture the Culture  May 14 & 28 at 11:00 am 

Follow us on a foodie adventure! In our food Vlog, we will visit local restaurants with
Asian cuisines that you don’t want to miss.

◊ Make it So Make It So Dumplings Dumplings  May 28 at 12:00 pm 

Tune in for Michele's newest Make It So video and celebrate Asian Pacific American
Heritage Month by learning how to make homemade Chinese dumplings from scratch!
It's easy if you Make It So!

◊ PoetryPoetry Live! Live!   May 19 at 7:00 pm  

In partnership with Public Poetry, and in celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Month, the Harris County Public Library is pleased to present this virtual live poetry
reading featuring Mong Lan, Juliane Tran, Choonwha Moon and Josh Nguyen.

◊ WITSWITS Writing Workshop for Kids Writing Workshop for Kids  May 20 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm  

In this 90-minute workshop, our young participants will have the opportunity to discuss
the creative contributions of some important Asian & Pacific Islander American personalities. We will also talk about fabulous children’s books encouraging
respect about cultural differences and write inspired by a short display of artworks.
We invite students ages 6-11 to join us!

◊ Club 641.5 Club 461.5 Cooking the Books Cooking the Books  May 21 at 10:00 am  

Tune in for a cooking demonstration on how to make Vietnamese Bánh Patê Sô (also
calledPate Chaud). If you love the taste of chả giò, Vietnamese egg rolls, you will also love the flavor of these easy to make meat pies.

◊ Live Cooking Class:Live Cooking Class China, Thailand, and India with Chef Dubraska!  
May 24 at 7:00 pm  

Join Common Threads as we explore China, Thailand, and India through wonderful
culinary delights! Chef Dubraska will lead us on this journey to celebrate Asian
American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. During her time in India, Chef Dubraska
learned many things about the food, cooking techniques, and what brought people together;
the common thread of food, and sharing with others.

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