Kuumba Kwanzaa Day

Rosedale Library

Kuumba Kwanzaa Day

A day of inspired creativity for the Rosedale community

As December drew to a close, Kuumba Kwanzaa Day was a rousing success! "Kuumba" is celebrated on Dec. 31 and it is the sixth of the seven principles of Kwanzaa, an African-American celebration of family, community and African-based culture founded in the 1960s by Dr. Maulena Karenga.

Our "Kuumba Kwanzaa Day" program ran twice -- at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. -- with a combined total of 45 enthusiastic rdg lilrabbitparticipants. Children and youth enjoyed the story, L'il Rabbit's Kwanzaa by Donna L. Washington, in which a young rabbit searches for a Kwanzaa gift for his ailing grandmother, then surprises her with the best gift of all. The book even details the endearing ways in which Little Rabbit and his community observed all Seven Principles of Kwanzaa (the "Nguzo Saba").

Our listeners learned some words in Swahili (a language primarily spoken in Southeastern African countries) such as "jambo!" (hello!), "kuumba" (creativity) and "zawadi" (gift).

The giving of handmade and natural gifts is a common Kwanzaa ritual, and everyone truly enjoyed creating their own zawadi. 

artbooks2Drawing inspiration from Herve Tullet's The Game of Mixed-Up Art , our young people allowed their creativity to soar as they enjoy this project process art project in which they used materials of various textures, shapes and sizes to form abstract designs on each page in the red, black and green colors of the Pan-African flag. Our young artists intentionally cut their picture book's pages into three identical sections so that with a turn of each page flap, the previous page's design would slightly alter and create a new piece of art to the delight of their gift recipients!

It was truly heart-warming to see some of our 'tweens anxiously joining in to create their own pieces, but pausing to assist some of our youngest participants with tricky cutting and helping them write their names on their artwork.

Everyone left with smiles on their faces, some sweet treats in their tummies and pride in the unique zawadi that they created. 

We truly appreciate our thoughtful Friends of the Rosedale Library for providing the treats which made our day of creativity all the more special. We look forward to the community's continued participation in at the Rosedale Library's upcoming engaging, educational programs throughout the New Year of 2014.

Check our program calendar and come check them out!