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  • Polynesian Luau presented by Pacific Rhythm

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Throughout the month of May, the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) will commemorate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month with a series of interactive and educational programs.

“We are excited to have our Libraries highlight the  diverse cultures and traditions of the Asian and Pacific Islander American communities,” said Jessica Trujillo, system youth services manager. “Patrons will have the opportunity to explore everything from Polynesian fire knife dancing, to Chinese and Japanese tea ceremonies. This series offers engaging programs for the whole family.”

The Library System is committed to continuing to educate Somerset County residents of all ages on the various cultures of the world through programs that celebrate diversity. Over 600 individuals explored the history and accomplishments of African-Americans during SCLSNJ’s last cultural series in February.

Discover programs:
Celebrate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
May 1-31 (all ages)
SCLSNJ’s Warren Twp. Library branch, located at 42 Mountain Boulevard in Warren Twp.
This month-long program includes displays, crafts, and other activities. For more: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/582383.

Heroes in Chinese History (grades K-6)
May 1, 5-6 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Mary Jacobs Memorial Library branch, located at 64 Washington Street in Rocky Hill
An interactive presentation on famous figures in Chinese culture with acting, food, crafts, and more. Presented by Good Good Study (GGS) Learning School. Register: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/558172.

Modular Origami (teens and adults)
May 8, 7-8 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Bound Brook Memorial Library branch, located at 402 East High Street in Bound Brook
Learn the mathematics behind origami and create a modular origami structure with Watchung Hills Regional High School student Jacqueline Lee. Register: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/578127.

Paper Lanterns (grades K-4)
May 16, 3:30-4 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Manville Library branch, located at 100 South 10th Avenue in Manville
Make a colorful paper lantern to celebrate Asian culture. Register: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/570247.

Learn Calligraphy (grades 6-12)
May 16, 4-5:30 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Somerville branch, located 35 West End Ave in Somerville
Learn the ancient art of calligraphy. No experience needed. Register: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/545334.

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Festival (grades 5-12)
May 16, 7-8 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Hillsborough Library branch, located at 379 South Branch Road in Hillsborough
Experience the traditions, food, and art of local Asian/Pacific American teens. Create freestyle mandalas, learn tips and tricks of applying henna, practice folding origami, and more. For more: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/555115.

Asian Tea Experience: China and Japan (adults)
May 19, 3-4 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s North Plainfield Memorial Library branch, located at 6 Rockview Avenue in North Plainfield
Food Historian and Certified Tea Specialist Judith Krall-Russo will lecture on unique tea preparations. Register: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/561460.


Chinese Food and Culture (all ages)
May 24, 6-7 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Mary Jacobs Memorial Library branch, located at 64 Washington Street in Rocky Hill
Explore the world of Chinese culture through food. Presented by Good Good Study (GGS) Learning School. Register: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/557951.

Duanwu Festival (all ages)
May 24, 7-8 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Hillsborough Library branch, located at 379 South Branch Road in Hillsborough
Hear the story of the Duanwu Festival, see a traditional Chinese dance, and make a sachet called Xiang-bao. Presented by Ying Zhang. Register: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/558913.

Learn About Henna (adults)
May 26, 2-3 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater Library branch, located at 1 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater
Henna artist Maliha Merchant will demonstrate the uses of henna. Patrons will be given their own henna to practice the ancient art. Register: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/506979.


Polynesian Luau presented by Pacific Rhythm (all ages)
May 31, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater branch, located at 1 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater
Pacific Rhythm’s performance will include traditional Polynesian dances with authentic costumes, a coconut cracking demonstration, and a Samoan fire knife dance demonstration (weather permitting). Sponsored by the Friends of the Bridgewater Library. For more: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/535940.

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