BC Heritage Week happens in February, and the library offers several events to help you learn about and celebrate our histories.
At “Our Playful Heritage: Exploring the History of Children’s Play” on Feb. 2, 10:30am, UBC associate professor emeritus Garfield Pennington invites you to hear stories about play from around the world, rediscover simple, improvised play forms, develop a deeper appreciation of play and its values, and share your own childhood stories.
Then, at 2pm, filmmakers Kamala Todd (Indigenous City Media) and Diana Leung will lead us in a discussion following their short film, “Cedar and Bamboo”, which explores the relationships of Indigenous and Chinese communities through the lives of four people of mixed ancestry. Their stories convey some of the complexities of colonialism, as well as the strength that comes from resilience and cultural pride.
Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) begins Feb. 5, and on Saturday, Feb. 9, 11am-1pm, the library celebrates with our Chinese friends and neighbours at the “Chinese New Year Open House.” People of all backgrounds are invited to enjoy a zodiac-animal puppet show, make paper lanterns, create spring couplets, and learn about the fascinating history and evolution of Chinese script, an integral part of Chinese culture, from our generous volunteers.
Finally, on Saturday, Feb. 23, 6-9pm., the library hosts the KAIROS Blanket Exercise with facilitators Nancy Denham and John Denham. This is a unique participatory history lesson developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers, and educators, one that fosters truth, understanding, respect and reconciliation among Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. (Participants must register in advance by calling the library at 604.886.2130).
As usual, there are many more events and resources to explore at the library, so please visit our website for complete calendar listings.