Media Release

For immediate release April 29, 2009


Celebrate Asian Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries

Programs for people of all ages throughout May


Halifax Public Libraries is celebrating Asian Heritage Month with over 20 programs this year.

“2009 marks the 10th year the Halifax Regional Municipality has celebrated Asian Heritage Month. Once again, Halifax Public Libraries is thrilled to participate in this celebration of the rich cultures and traditions of the Asian Canadian communities in our city.  We couldn’t have accomplished this without the support of a number of community groups, HRM and Citizenship and Immigration Canada,” said Sara Gillis, manager of adult services at the Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library.

To kick off the month-long celebration, the Keshen Goodman Library is hosting an open house on Saturday, May 2. The event features Chinese and Filipino dances, Korean drumming, a Japanese flower arranging demonstration and a kimono demonstration. For the very young, there will be a story time featuring tales from Asia. The open house is a drop-in event for all ages between 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

There will be programs throughout May in nearly every branch of Halifax Public Libraries. Children can learn how to fold origami or roll sushi, while teens can learn about the art of temporary henna tattooing. For adults, there are programs about acupuncture, flower arranging and screenings of films with an Asian theme. For a complete list of programs offered during Asian Heritage Month, check the May/June Library Guide, or visit halifaxpubliclibraries.ca.

Halifax Public Libraries is the life-long learning centre of the community and the place people turn to for the discovery of ideas, the joy of reading and the power of information.

Media inquiries:
Marlo MacKay
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries
(902) 490-5852