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A Multicultural Holiday

A Multicultural Holiday

November 28, 2018

We often approach the Christmas season through our own history and traditions, but the way that the holidays are celebrated is incredibly broad and rich. At the Library, we’re constantly keeping an eye out for the many different styles so that we can share locally what’s happening both globally and in our own backyards.

One that we’re observing this year is Christmas in South America, specifically in Peru! Families are encouraged to attend together to learn about the festive holiday culture in this vibrant country. Along with the stories and backstories, participants will have the opportunity to make a traditional craft and to enjoy a Peruvian snack. And of course, kids will want to know if Santa makes visits to this part of the world!

This program takes place at 6 pm on Monday, December 3 at the Southwest Branch Library in Mountain View.

On the following day, we’ll be looking at a Christmas tradition that isn’t even Christmas! Our STEAM class will be involved with Hanukkah cooking, the eight-day Festival of Lights that figures prominently in the Jewish religion. Children will discover the history behind the holiday and then try their hand at making latkes, or potato pancakes. They’ll also learn about why latkes are a customary food prepared and served at this celebration.

This program takes place at 4 pm on Tuesday, December 4 at the Main Library in Newton.

Beyond these two classes, the library offers a wealth of holiday events, crafts, and activities. For instance, the interactive Nutcracker ballet presentations by Hickory Ballet and Performing Arts take place at both the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch and the Southwest Branch at 10 am on Saturday, December 1 and then again at the St. Stephens Branch at 11 am, followed by performances on Saturday, December 8 at 10 am at the Conover Branch and at 12 noon at the Claremont Branch. Don’t miss these fun and impressive performances!

And for all the holiday-related festivities that you can enjoy at the Library, check our online events calendar or pick up a copy of the December 2018 newsletter!