Partnering for the New Year

Here’s a great example of a long-running partnership between a public library and a university. Since 1993, the Monroe County (Ind.) Public Library has partnered with Indiana University’s Asian Culture Center to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Bloomington. The holiday is observed in a number of Asian countries, including China, Korea, and Japan. This year is the year of the dragon.

The library’s programming included an educational skit performed by Indiana University students from the Asian Cultural Center and the Asian American Association that explained the history of the Lunar New Year and the twelve zodiac animals. The event also featured Asian music perfomed by two students. Following the performances, Asian food was served, children were invited to create dragon masks with craft materials, and calligraphy lessons were offered. More than 300 people attended this year’s events, including students and library patrons.