Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

State Library Grant Honors Hasbrouck Heights Event Series

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

State Library Grant Honors Hasbrouck Heights Event Series

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HASBROUCK HEIGHTS -- The Hasbrouck Heights Library was one of the award recipients of the New Jersey State Library Multicultural Program Award for its events last year focused on Asian cultures, and is putting the $1,000 received toward more multicultural programming this year.

"We wanted the community to get to know the different ethnic groups that have now been a part of our community that we serve," Hasbrouck Heights Library Director Mimi Hui said. "It's been absolutely wonderful. These various ethnic groups have been a part of our community and are growing in numbers. We wanted the rest of the community to know we have blossoming diversity in our community and to appreciate the makeup of it."

In 2015, the library held a Multicultural Celebration with a focus on the cultures of China, Korea, Tibet and India that contained a lecture and performing arts event.

Hui said the events were directed by program coordinator Melissa Singlevich, who also serves as the head of Friends of the Library. "The grant really recognized her hard work and the energy she put into it," Hui said.

She said that each culture had a month celebration that included a performance, a lecturer, displays and cultural refreshments served.

A grant from the New Jersey Council for Humanities covered last year's series of events and the remainder was raised by the volunteers from the Friends of the Library, Hui said.

Last February was a Lunar New Year celebration with a music dance recital by Qing Yang Dance Studio and a lecture by Professor Ken Olenik of Montclair State University called "Cultures and People of China." Last April, the library held a Korea-inspired celebration of spring and the "Blooming Flowers" with music and dance by Donghwa Cultural Foundation and a lecture on Korean history by Chuck Kim, vice principal of the Korean School of New Jersey. In June, the library held a Tibetan celebration, "Our Neighbors." Hui said Hasbrouck Heights has a growing Tibetan population, now 16 families. The celebration included a lecture on Tibetan and Chinese relations by Tashi Phuntsok, dean of Woodhall School, and a local Tibetan community theater provided music and dance. …

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