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 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Events at Alexandria Library

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a time to recognize the achievements of Asian Americans. Please join us throughout May as we celebrate the history and contributions of Asian Americans.


Beatley Central

Film Screening: The Birth of Sake
Wednesday, May 17
Join us for a PBS POV Documentary. The Birth of Sake tells the story the Yoshida Brewery and of a family who has been in business for 144 years painstakingly producing sake.

Film Screening: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
Thursday, May 25
Grace Lee Boggs is a Chinese American philosopher, writer, and activist in Detroit with a thick FBI file and a surprising vision of what an American revolution can be. Join us to learn her story through American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, a PBS POV Documentary.

Family Story Time Class: Celebrate Asian Pacific Americans
Wednesday, May 24

10:30 AM
Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage month with this special story time program full of stories, songs, and movement. (Ages 0-5 with caregivers)

Barrett Branch

Carp Kites: A Japanese Children's Day Craft
Tuesday, May 2
3:00 PM
Friday is Children's Day in Japan, and a traditional part of the holiday is to hang up fish shaped kites for each child. Come and make a simple version of these kites with paper, yarn and scissors. Recommended for children ages 3 and older.

Introduction to Bonsai and Dwarf Conifers
Saturday, May 13

Join us for an introduction to the Asian art and science of Bonsai and Dwarf Conifers. Presenter Peter Jones, a Bonsai enthusiast and member of the Northern VA Bonsai Society and the American Conifer Society, will speak on the history of bonsai and how he became interested in the subject. He has attended workshops from many Bonsai Masters and has taught beginning Bonsai classes. He was also inspired by the Gotelli Dwarf Conifer Collection at the National Arboretum and has propagated dwarf conifers. He will bring some of his specimens that he grew in Northern Virginia. For more information or questions please e-mail awilliams@alexlibraryva.org.

Burke Branch

Let's Go Fly A Kite
Tuesday, May 2
4:00 PM
Kite flying has been a tradition in China for over 2000 years. Come celebrate Asian/Pacific Heritage Month and spring by making a kite out of paper, wood and yarn. Once created, kites will be launched outside. (Ages 8-14)

Moana (2016 (c) Disney) PG
Wednesday, May 17
4:00 PM
Moana the teenage daughter of a Polynesian tribal chief, is chosen to find a precious artifact that could save her people. She teams with demigod Maui to locate a legendary island, and together the pair explore fantastical lands and encounter incredible sea creatures in this animated adventure from Disney. (Ages 5 and up)

Tai Chi Workshop
Saturday, May 20
10:30 AM
Join us for a free workshop on Tai Chi and discover how you can use its movements for meditation and good health. (Adults)

Lion (2016 (c) Weinstein Company) PG-13
Wednesday, May 24
4:00 PM
A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. Twenty-five years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

Qigong Workshop
Saturday, May 27
Join us for a free workshop on Qigong which is practiced by millions in Asia for better health and well-being. Discover how it can increase your happiness, relaxation, creativity and inner peace. (Adults)

Duncan Branch

Moana (2016 (c) Disney) PG
Monday, May 8
3:30 PM
Celebrate Asian Pacific American Month as we present the Disney feature film, Moana. Snacks will be available, including coconut pops, Hawaiian Pizza, and tropical Pacific treats. All ages and ages 3-5 with an adult.