Georgetown Library Goes Indonesian For a Night

“Selamat Siang, Apa Kabar?”

These are a few of the phrases that participants learned at Georgetown’s recent Indonesian Culture and Folktales event. But there was much more to learn than just how to say "Good Afternoon" and "How Are You."

On display were batik fabrics, statues, and coconut carvings from Bali, Indonesia. The kids even got a chance to handle wayang kulit, shadow puppets that have been used for at least 800 years in Indonesia.
Looking at a Wayang Kulit
There is a rich history of Indonesian folktales for the wayang kulit and other storytelling to draw from. During the program, we heard about The Gift of The Crocodile by Judy Sierra and a silly tale called Go To Sleep Gecko by Margaret Read MacDonald that reminded us that everything is connected.

Meanwhile, the kids ate Nasi Gurih, a type of coconut rice eaten in Indonesia. If you would like to make it at home for the kids, you can find a recipe. It’s a fun addition to reading folktales.
Indonesian Items on Display
We finished off the program with some batik using glue and fabric paint. We had an artsy bunch that was so enthusiastic they ended up making two pieces. And when they were finished, they took a little piece of Indonesia home with them.
Boys batiking

The Georgetown Library would like to thank the Indonesian Embassy for donating pins and books as a take home for the participants of the program. Terima Kasih!