Children from the Geneva community recently took part in a Hanukkah activity with members of HWS Hillel at the Geneva Public Library. The event was the first of what will be monthly cultural enrichment programs hosted by the library as part of its five-year strategic goal to present more cultural programs for youth throughout the year.
Led by Lorinda Weinstock, the director of the Abbe Center for Jewish Life, the program featured traditional dreidle games, a coloring activity and a story about the meaning of the holiday. Leah Segal ’16, Rory Silverman ’15 and Alice Theibault ’14 also helped run the event.
“The children seemed to have a great time and we hope to see more next time,” says Tanya Taylor, youth services librarian with the Geneva Public Library.
The library is collaborating with HWS Intercultural Affairs to develop programs led by HWS cultural clubs. A different club will present an activity for kids that surrounds their cultural heritage or background each month.
“My hope is to make this something that the student organizations want to do and that kids in the community look forward to on a regular basis,” says Program Coordinator for the Office of Intercultural Affairs Darline Polanco ’09.
The next program, for children ages 9 and up, will be on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. The South Asian Culture Club (SACC) will celebrate Diwali, commonly known as the festival of lights, with activities that include Henna tattoos. Diwali is a five- day celebration and one of the biggest festivals of Hindus. Traditionally, family members and friends gather to light small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil.
More information about programming, time and registering for a program can be found at the library’s website . Click on the calendar to register.
The effort is part of the Geneva 2020 initiative.