I had to return a book to the library today and when I stopped in to the Bethesda's Connie Morella Library, I was surprised to see some new additions in the hallway leading into the library. There were dragons on this Saturday morning at the Bethesda Library ! Dragons are not actually a surprise in a library - lots of children's books feature dragons such as My Father's Dragon or A Dragon on the Roof. Still - these were large dragons -- with people lurking under the heads and backs of the dragons! It seemed like a totally unexpected and awesome way to spend some time at the library!
Today was a celebration of the Chinese New Year - the year of the Rat - and the Bethesda Library had arranged for a children's event with Chinese musicians and Chinese dragon dancers. To me, the best part of the event was watching the dancers get ready to prance into the room with probably 100 children and parents eagerly awaiting their appearance. The dragon heads have ears that wiggle and mouths that flap open and shut. The dancers moved rhythmically together under their awesome costumes of gold and red and purple and green. It is moments like this that make me love Bethesda so much. It is a community that welcomes diversity and wants to showcase the many cultures that contribute to making Bethesda to worldly small town that it is.
I loved the serendipity of walking into the library to return a book and instead finding the Chinese dancers and musicians and a hundred happy parents and children celebrating the Chinese New Year!
What made this so awesome was the complete surprise of finding these dancers at the library on this Saturday morning. I hope the children there for the event enjoyed it as much as I did! Happy Chinese New Year to you!
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