The library hosted a family program celebrating Diwali, a Hindu festival of lights, held in the autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. We purchased Indian language/cultural books supporting this program with a grant from the Palms Neighborhood Council. This was one of our branch’s first programs targeting the South Asian population, and we had one of our largest crowds ever, with about 150 people attending.
The Friday program included stories, two performances set to traditional Indian music by students from Clover Elementary School (which serves a student body comprised of 42 percent Asian students), authentic Indian food, cupcakes, henna tattoos and rangoli (traditional Indian folk art). Parents and children were encouraged to come dressed in traditional Indian clothes. Diya (oil lamps with cotton wicks) were given out to the children in attendance. We also unveiled our new children's books on Indian culture and languages.
A Los Angeles branch library had 150 people turn out for a Hindu celebration known as Diwali, or "festival of lights."