Hmong Culture at the Appleton Public Library
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This past week the Appleton Public Library held its fourth Celebration of Hmong Culture. The event featured a local dance group and musician who played the qeej, a bamboo flute. Two Hmong women read stories page by page, by turns in English and Hmong.
The annual event began with the creation in 2008 of the Hmong Resource Center, an area containing materials about Hmong culture, in both Hmong and English. There are books for every age level—picture books in Hmong, dictionaries and books to learn the Hmong language, cookbooks with traditional foods, teen novels, and history of the Hmong people. Music—both traditional and recent, finds a place on the shelves, as do dvds, both fiction and nonfiction. The music videos are especially popular.
The Hmong Resource Center is located on the first floor of the library, and features tables and chairs for children and for adults. A beautiful story cloth hangs on the wall, with a framed description next to it. There is a display of cultural items lent to us by our friends at Hmong American Partnership.
We hope to soon have clips of the Celebration of Hmong Culture that may be viewed.
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