Created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966, Kwanzaa, meaning “First Fruits,” celebrates family, culture, and heritage. Kwanzaa is modeled after the first harvest celebrations in Africa. There are seven principles and seven primary symbols that emphasize a unique set of values and ideals during the seven days of Kwanzaa. Each day a different principle is discussed, and each day a candle is lit on the kinara (candleholder).

In celebration of Kwanzaa, the Main Library is giving out kinara craft kits. This kit comes with the supplies you need to create one mini kinara. Follow the instructions below:

Kits will be available for pick-up between Monday and Thursday, from 9 am-7 pm, and Friday-Saturday, from 9 am-5 pm in the Youth Services Department at the Main Library desk (while supplies last).

Want to learn more about Kwanzaa or include a story in your Kwanzaa celebration? Read some of these great books:

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