SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - In an attempt to promote cultural understanding and prevent stereotyping, and as part of Girl Scout silver award project, Puja Vengadasalam will be conducting an Indian culture workshop at the South Plainfield library. The Fun n Learn free two workshop series runs back to back between June 27 and July 1 at the library meeting room. The first workshop from 9.30 to 11.30 am will be for students aged 8-10 years and from 12 to 1 pm for students 5 to 7 years and lower who will have to be accompanied by an adult. 

The Fun n Learn workshop works on the theme of 10 on 10. It is about the 10 avatars of   Indian culture, it is for students 10 and under, and registration is limited to ten students only. This is to ensure that every participant gets full personal attention. Crafts, games and movies relating to the   ten avatars will be organized in addition to  a reading  and discussion of  the stories relating to each of the avatars as narrated in the Amar Chitra Katha series , children specific graphic book collection published in India. On day one, the concept and stories of the Hindu trinity and avatar will be explained. Three deities will be taken up on each succeeding day. Day 5 features a special activity on the tenth avatar as he is yet to come. While the Dashavatar( ten avatars)  stories will be recounted in both sessions, songs and activities, crafts and  one short yoga session is scheduled in the morning session for the older kids, while movies and coloring activities will be the main feature of the second workshop for the younger kids

Puja believes that workshops like these  can promote intercultural understanding and prevent cultural stereotyping. She wants to reach out to non- Hindu and Hindu  culture students alike. While the former get the opportunity to learn about a minority culture that is not their  own,  the latter get to gain self knowledge  in the fun  and safe environment of the meeting room of South Plainfield library. As a high schooler going to High school south in Princeton Junction, but who has taken part in the super summer readers club of both the South Plainfield library and  Courier News from the age of 5,  Puja who is now thirteen is well acquainted with the South Plainfield library community.  Since preregistration is required and space is limited, please register at the library or get in touch with Puja Vengadasalam at puja.v@hotmail.com. The event is free and open to the public.  Admission is on a first come first serve basis.