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Young Adult Programs May 2014

Monday, May 5 “Papel Picado” 3:15 to 5pm

Today is “Cinco de Mayo,” a special holiday celebrated in Mexico and in Mexican American communities in the U.S. Historically it is an official way to honor the anniversary of an early victory by Mexican forces over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It is not the anniversary of the defeat and expulsion of the French forces by the Mexicans, which occurred in 1867. It is also not, as is often assumed, the day of Mexico's celebrations of independence, which are actually held on September 16. It is believed that the origins of Cinco de Mayo celebrations lie in the responses of Mexicans living in California in the 1860s to French rule in Mexico at that time. In the U.S., Cinco de Mayo is seen as a day to celebrate the culture, achievements and experiences of people with a Mexican background, who live in the United States. There is a large commercial element to the day, with businesses promoting Mexican services and goods, particularly food, drinks and music. Other aspects of the day center around traditional symbols of Mexican life, such as the Virgin de Guadalupe, and Mexican-Americans who have achieved fame, fortune and influence in the United States. We will take this opportunity to say a final goodbye to lovely paper snowflakes, and hello to another kind of paper cutting decoration, full of brilliant color and designs, called “Papel Picado.” All you need to create with is some good sharp scissors and a supply of different colors of tissue paper. After you’ve made 3-5 of these little “blocks” you can put them together on a string and have bright and cheery springtime banner for your window or bedroom.



Monday, May 12 “A Perfect Journey Journal I” 3:15 to 5pm

Thinking ahead to summer….Are you planning a special trip somewhere? If so, you might want to have a journal along to record the memories that will be so fun to have in years to come. Here’s a chance to actually make you very own, one-of-a-kind travel journal. You will create the cover, fold the interior “signatures,” sew the binding and assemble it all. The thing is, it will take more than one session to complete, so plan to come back next Monday to finish, or, if you are unable to do that, and you won’t be needing the journal too soon, let us know that you want to set up another time to finish. If you know for certain that you are coming, please give us a call at 382-3717 or email Heidi Swets at This will help us have enough materials for everyone.


Monday, May 19 “A Perfect Journey Journal II” 3:15 to 5pm

This is your opportunity to finish putting together your Perfect Journey journal that was started last week.


Monday, May 26, No Program