New Year, new Chinese Corner

Xuan Ji, music and dance performer at Charing Cross Library, February 2014Libraries celebrated the Chinese New Year of the Horse at Charing Cross Library last week, with a programme of events including traditional music and dance, calligraphy, and martial arts.

The Chinese Services Librarian, Chichy Li, based at Charing Cross Library, organised a stunning display of martial arts performed by HengLong Kungfu Club & Performance Team, music and dance performed by by Xuan Ji and Ms Wang FengYing and calligraphy by Cai, Weimin.
Take a look at a gallery of images from the event, on the BBC China Service site.

We also took the opportunity to launch the recently introduced service Chinese Corner, a scheme which offers the public and businesses learning materials and activities on the Chinese language and culture and is a networking opportunity for the local community. Chinese Hanban has generously sponsored the Chinese corner for 300 titles of reading and teaching materials and provides £4000 funds annually.

Calligrapher Cai, Weimin demonstrates his craft at Charing Cross Library, February 2014

The Chinese Library is much valued and well-used by the local community, being located on the edge of London’s Chinatown with holdings of over 70,000 Chinese adult and children’s books, plus CDs for loan and reference – one of the largest collections of Chinese materials in the UK. Director of Libraries and Archives Mike Clarke thanked the Chinese community for their continued support and involvement.

Chinese New Year celebration and launch of Chinese Corner, at Charing Cross Library, February 2014

Charing Cross Library offers language classes for those who wish to learn Chinese, especially for business and those who wish to improve their English language skills. There will also be Chinese painting classes with Mr Cai based in Charing Cross beginning tomorrow, 15 February 2014. Contact the library for more information.

[Chichy and Eve. Images courtesy of Eve Francourt]

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