2011-10-19 / Features

Queens Library Receives Donation of Chinese Children’s Books

On October 13, the First Lady of the Republic of China, Madame Ma Chow Mei-Ching presented a gift of ten children’s picture books in Chinese to Queens Library at Forest Hills today. Queens Library President and CEO Thomas W. Galante gratefully accepted the donation. Prior to the donation, Madame Ma told the children in the library stories and showed them how to fold an origami mouse. A group of elementary school students from Pingtung in southern Taiwan gave a musical performance.  Jason C. Yuan, Representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the U.S. and David Chien, Director of the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in N.Y., also attended. Madame Ma told folk tales and stories about the Chinese Zodiac. The Taiwanese school children are traveling with her. Their performance included ancient melodies from the Paiwan aboriginal tribe, some of which were played on a nose flute, which amazed their American counterparts.  The books were donated to encourage young Americans to learn more about traditional Chinese culture. Pictured (l. to r.); Madame Ma Chow Mei-Ching, Queens Library President and CEO Thomas Galante and Hwai-Min Wood, Manager, Queens Library at Forest Hills.

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