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We’re celebrating Chinese New Year at the library

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    The Chinese Culture Performance Association will perform at the Patrick Heath Public Library on Jan. 24.

THE BOOKWORM

Trade wars figure largely in any talk of China these days. While only a war of words, the battle is a heated one, as bitter as any fought with weapons.

Politics aside, we would do well to honor the Chinese for their contributions to our nation are many.

As noted in International Focus magazine, Chinese Americans have made major contributions to virtually every facet of society, including the fine arts, music, literature, business, food, sports and technology.

These achievements are due in no small part to the Chinese American commitment to perseverance, hard work and achieving academic excellence.

Not surprisingly, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center, “Asian Americans are the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States.”

The achievements of Chinese Americans are all the more remarkable considering their historically humble beginnings in our nation. In the 1880s, the Chinese came to this country with nothing but a dream of a better life.

Heading for the wide and wild West, they set to work on the railroads. Backbreaking though the labor was, the Chinese spirit remained strong. When the last spike was hammered into the earth, many Chinese too set down roots.

While the United States was now their home, the Chinese retained many of the cherished beliefs and customs of their beloved homeland. Then as today, the Chinese New Year is the most important holiday for Chinese people.

It is a time to gather with family and honor those sacred treasures of the past, ancestors and gods while welcoming in the New Year with hopes of good fortune.

Always a lively affair, no celebration is complete without decorations in brilliant red, savory treats, firecrackers to ward off evil spirits and the iconic dancing dragon to dance in a new year of good luck and prosperity.

While fireworks and fiery dragons are only the stuff of storybooks in the Patrick Heath Public Library, we will both honor and celebrate the Chinese New Year this month. Join us as we salute our Chinese brothers and sisters.

GUNG HAY FAT CHOY!

Chinese New Year falls on Jan. 25 this year, the Year of the Rat. The Western world generally regards rats as brutish, devious creatures. However, occidental society places great value upon the long-tailed rodents, considering them exemplars of spirit, flexibility, vitality and good humor.

Whatever your opinion of rats, may their admirable qualities be yours in 2020, ensuring a new year of hope, health, and joy.

On Friday, Jan. 24, 6 p.m., the Patrick Heath Public Library brings the best of Chinese New Year traditions to you when we present the dancers and of the Chinese Culture Performance Association of San Antonio.

Clad in precious silks, the dancers will twirl their fans in beautifully patterned dances to mesmerizing music unlike any in the occidental tradition.

Now comprised of an orchestra, dance troupe and choir, the Chinese Culture Performance Association of San Antonio began in 1998 as a fledgling trio of musicians.

The mission of the association is to introduce and promote Chinese culture to American people through its performances. Members perform in the Greater San Antonio and Hill Country area, sharing their artistry at nursing homes, schools, colleges, universities and cultural festivals.

According to member Jerry Jin, the association is “getting more and more popular for bringing Chinese art, music and culture to the community, and the performances are deeply loved by the audience.”

RADIO STORYTIME

Are you unable to come to our weekly baby and toddler storytimes on Wednesdays and Thursdays? Now you can enjoy storytime from the comfort of your home!

In partnership with Boerne Radio (KBRN FM 103.9 and AM 1500) our library now offers a radio story-time every Saturday at 9 a.m. Tune in to enjoy a dramatic reading of a quality story suitable for the whole family.

We are most grateful to Boerne Radio for this opportunity to bring the wonder of literature to the community.

GIVING THANKS!

The library is so fortunate to be supported by two amazing groups. We really couldn’t accomplish as much as we do without their generous help.

The Boerne Public Library Foundation is providing $10,000 for our library exhibits in the gallery, and $12,000 to the BOOST afterschool children’s programs, PLUS a new AWE Early Literacy computer station. We’re so grateful!

The Friends of the Boerne Public Library have contributed $22,875 to go toward our ESL classes, digital magazines and comics, “Wonderbook” read-alongs, and more books for the adult section. Way to go, Friends!

ALWAYS AT YOUR

SERVICE!

We are always delighted to welcome families and help you find that perfect book.

And remember too that outreach visits continue all year long. Do please contact me if you would like a visit to your school or daycare center. (keremes@boernelibrary.org)

STAYING INFORMED

You can call us at 830-249-3053 or visit our website at www.boernelibrary.org.Email us at librarian@boernelibrary.org.

Track us down on Face-book, where you can like the Library or Patrick Heath Public Children’s Corner. We are also on Pinterest and Instagram.

To maintain your library account, go to www.boernelibrary.org and click on My Account on the left-hand side of the website.