2018-03-08 / News

Go around the world in 80 days at Public Libraries of Saginaw

From March through May, the Public Libraries of Saginaw will be hosting events that celebrate different cultures around the world. These fun, yet educational, programs are for adventurers of all ages.

Participants can pick up their passports at any branch of the Public Libraries of Saginaw and get ready to travel around the world in 80 days. As they attend these multicultural programs, their passport will be stamped. Participants may attend as many programs as they’d like along the way. All programs are held at Zauel Memorial Library.

Activities in March include:

* Throwback Thursday featuring Cleopatra on March 8 and 15 at 6 p.m. The public is invited to a special twopart screening of “Cleopatra” (1963), starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. On March 8, the library will screen Part 1 and celebrate Ancient Egypt. On March 15 (the Ides of March), the library will screen Part 2 and celebrate Ancient Rome.

* St. Patrick’s Day Open House on Saturday, March 17 from 1-4 p.m. Join in for a fun-filled, family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day event. At 1 p.m., come ready to wear green, make rainbow suncatchers, and sample treats from a pot of gold. At 2 p.m., relax for a special viewing of the classic film “The Quiet Man” (1952), starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara.

* Design a Chinese Fan on Thursday, March 22 at 6 p.m. Participants will use paper plates to create their very own Chinese hand fan. They will learn to decorate the fan with painted Chinese writing symbols. This event is for artists of all ages. Children 10 and under require an adult helper. Participants must register by Monday, March 19.

* Hopi Kachina Dolls on Thursday, March 29 at 6 p.m. Celebrate the American Southwest with a sample of Hopi Culture. Participants will design their very own Kachina doll, a symbol shared during Hopi gardening festivals. Artists of all ages are encouraged to attend this event. Particpants must register by Monday, March 26. Children 10 and under require an adult helper.

Activities in April include:

* Throwback Thursday featuring “Royal Wedding” (1951) on Thursday, April 12 at 6 p.m. Participants will celebrate England as they watch this classical musical featuring actual footage of the wedding of Princess Elizabeth. The film stars Sarah Churchill (Winston Churchill’s daughter) as its leading lady.

* Dr. Sara Beth Keough will lecture on Niger-West Africa on Thursday, April 26 at 6 p.m. Join Fulbright scholar and Saginaw Valley State University professor, Dr. Sara Beth Keough, as she discusses her extensive research on the material culture of water in West Africa.

* Middle Eastern Dancing on Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m. Learn about belly dancing, see demonstrations, and learn a simple routine. This session is hosted by Megan Rodriguez of Mid- Michigan’s Belly Dancing Divas. Belly dancing is for females ages 10 and up.

Activities in May include:

* Throwback Thursday featuring Phantom of the Opera on Thursday, May 10 at 6 p.m. Participants will pay tribute to France and the Paris Opera House during a special viewing of Phantom of the Opera. The film is rated PG-13.

* Traditional Greek Dancing on Saturday, May 12 at 2 p.m. Learn about Greek dancing, see demonstrations, and learn a simple routine. This session is hosted by St. Demetrios Greek Dance Director, Megan Rodriguez, and is for all ages. Children 9 and under require adult supervision.

* Program Finale: Around the World in 80 Days on Thursday, May 24 at 5:30 p.m. Participants can celebrate their travels around the world by watching the 1956 Best Picture winner “Around the World in 80 Days.” They will also share their passports, enjoy international snacks, partake in worldly activities, and more.

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