Building community at the library

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To support Chinese as one of its primary service languages, the library offers a robust Chinese language collection and culturally relevant services and resources.  Additionally, library staff who speak Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) connect with communities around the county to share information about local resources, and provide friendly guidance to navigate opportunities.

The library offers year round programming in Chinese. You can attend a storytime with your family, participate in arts programs or even expand your English knowledge through classes.  

When Ms. Ren learned about the English classes through the Adult Literacy Tutoring program, she signed up and asked how much she needed to pay. She was pleasantly surprised when she found out that all library services are free! 

Ms. Ren standing by bookshelves in library holding up craftwork

Ms. Ren shared that learning English has helped her adapt to being in a new community and new country. 

Through the library, she has sought tech help and attended many arts and crafts classes. Her favorites have been those during the Mid-Autumn Festival where patrons learn to make lanterns, origami, dumplings, and calligraphy. She enjoys creating art and has gifted several Chinese knot and string art pieces (pictured) to the library to show her appreciation. 

Another patron, Ms. Schuchan Zhao and her family love to attend the Chinese culture festivals and other virtual and in-person activities provided at the library. 

“The library provides the opportunity for the Chinese group to celebrate our festivals, share our culture and gather with our community, '' says Ms. Schuchan Zhao.

Her family has also participated in virtual storytimes, and the Summer Reading program. They enjoy the library as a family and inspire others to as well. 

“I would encourage people to apply for a library card, so they can enjoy getting books to read with their families,” says Ms. Schuchan Zhao.

Explore what the library has to offer and find an event for you.