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Irvine University Park Library—We are OC: Stories. Connection. Sharing.

November 19, 2022 @ 2:00 pm3:00 pm

Irvine University Park Library presents We Are OC, a series of family-friendly programs celebrating the cultural heritage of its immigrant communities. Image: Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash.


We are OC: Stories. Connection. Sharing.              

Experience the cultural diversity of Orange County through this engaging program series at the Irvine University Park Library. The series will give patrons the opportunity to experience different aspects of the diverse cultures represented in our community, to see what makes each culture unique, and to find connections between their neighbors’ cultures and their own.


Saturday, November 19, 2:00 pm: Family Story Crafts for Children

Make your own family story book and a special paper doll—featuring YOU.


Other events in this program series:

Saturday, October 8, 11:00 am: International Storytelling with Michael D. McCarty

Be educated, inspired, and amused! Using folktales, history, and personal accounts, Michael’s stories will spark the imagination and stimulate the grey matter!


Sunday, October 16, 2:00 pm: Author Talk: Naz Deravian

Naz Deravian will discuss her book, Bottom of the Pot: Persian Recipes and Stories.


Sunday, October 23, 11:00 am: Tai Chi Chuan: An Introductory Talk and Demonstration

Learn about the history of Tai Chi and how it is used for exercise, meditation, and relaxation. Presented by Coach Lonnly Ching.


Saturday, October 29, 2:00 pm: “Writing Your Story”: A Workshop with Dorothy Spirus

Everyone has a story to tell. And sometimes you have others’ stories to tell. How did you arrive in Orange County? Document your path and perhaps that of your relatives in this 90-minute writing course, including writing prompts and tips.


Sunday, October 30, 2:00 pm: Awa Odori Dance Talk and Demonstration

Learn about this celebratory Japanese dance and watch a live demonstration.


Sunday, November 6, 2:00 pm: K-Pop Workshop for Teens

Unlock your inner K-Pop star and learn some of the latest moves.


Saturday, November 12, 2:00 pm: Author Talk: María Amparo Escandón

María Amparo Escandón will discuss her novel, L.A. Weather.


Saturday, December 3, 3:00 pm: Celebrating “Home”: Teen Poetry Workshop with Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo

Families and homes take all kinds of shapes and forms. In this workshop, young adults and teens will spend time writing celebratory poems for the people, places, and moments that shaped who they are.


Sunday, December 4, 2:00 pm: Author Talk: Matthias B. Lehmann

UCI professor, Matthias B. Lehmann, will discuss his new release, The Baron: Maurice de Hirsch and the Jewish Nineteenth Century.



For more information, contact librarian Marisa Saam at

This program is supported by the Library Innovation Lab.


November 19, 2022
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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Irvine University Park Library
4512 Sandburg Way
Irvine, CA 92612 United States
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