May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month and Boston Public Library is hosting numerous events to honor traditions that celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander heritage. In addition to the events, the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library features the City of Neighborhoods: The Changing Face of Boston exhibition that examines the diversity of Boston and shows a strong Asian presence in the City. Based on recent census data, over 18,000 Bostonians were born in China, and nearly 9% of Boston’s total population is of Asian descent.
The following locations host activities for various ages this month and select programs are held continually throughout the year:
- Anime Clubs: Join teens weekly at the Central Library on Fridays from 3-4:30 p.m. or Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. at the Hyde Park Branch for a feature film or episode from an Anime series.
- Brush Painting with the MFA: Explore the unique style of painting on rice paper with educators from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Using sumi ink and bamboo brushes, create your own masterpiece mounted on a scroll. For children ages six and up at several branch locations.
- Koinobori Kite-making Craft: The Uphams Corner and Fields Corner branches host workshops on Wednesday, May 21 and Tuesday, May 27. Koinobori, or fish-shaped wind socks (above), are a traditional symbol of Kodomo no Hi, or Children’s Day in Japan.
- Manga Workshops: Artist Shauna Leva teaches participants how to draw cartoon bodies and faces in the popular Japanese style of Anime and Manga. For children and teens at select library locations.
- Origami Club: Children ages 4-7 explore the art of Japanese paper folding monthly at the Central Library in Copley Square.
For information on more programs, visit www.bpl.org/calendar.