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During Phase 2, the Beauregard Parish Library is open with limited hours and limited services. Additional details can be seen here. Within those limitations, further closures may become necessary on short notice due to staff shortages. We will update our social media accounts in those instances. Patrons are also welcome to call 337-463-6217 x 0 during the DeRidder branch's open hours for the most recent updates on branch openings. Computer use is limited and by appointment only. Patrons can schedule appointments online here or by calling 337-463-6217 or in-person by asking a library clerk. Appointments are set at 45-minute intervals. No consecutive appointments for 1 person.

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Travel Tuesdays: China

This week’s Travel Tuesday brings us to China, the 4th largest country on Earth. Such a large country will contain a variety of geography and peoples. According to Global Road Warrior, China has “mountains, high plateaus, and desert plains in the west, and plains, deltas, and hills in the east. Mount Everest, which lies on China’s border with Nepal, is the world’s tallest peak at 8,850 meters (29,035 ft). China’s climate is as variable as its geography, ranging from tropical in the south to subarctic in the north.”

Here are 5 interesting quick facts about China from Global Road Warrior:

  • China’s official languages are “Mandarin, Cantonese (in Hong Kong and Macau), Mongolian (in Mongolia), Tibetan (in Tibet), Uyghur, Zhuang, English (in Hong Kong), and Portuguese (in Macau).”
  • “School is compulsory for Chinese children between the ages of six and 15 years. Homeschooling is illegal across the country. Mandarin is used as the medium of instruction in most schools.”
  • “China is officially an atheist country, but about 30 percent of Chinese people practice traditional indigenous religious beliefs that contain elements of Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and traditional ancestor worship.”
  • China’s national day is October 1, which commemorates the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 by Mao Zedong.
  • Punctuality is highly valued in Chinese society. “The Chinese expect their trains to run on time, but this demand for punctuality in transportation does not always trickle down to the bus systems throughout the country. Despite this hindrance, the Chinese strive hard to overcome any hurdles keeping them from arriving where they need to be at the appointed hour.”

    Language Learners: Mandarin and Cantonese are available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator.

    Recipe Corner: Stir Fried Greens
    A side dish of stir-fried greens is as central to a Chinese meal as a bowl of rice. Bok choy, choy sum, shen choy, and gai lan (Chinese broccoli) are common accompaniments to most meals. Select fresh, unblemished greens for the best dish.

    Recipe Serving: Serves 4

    Ingredients

  • 1 head Chinese cabbage (pe-tsai)
  • 3 tbsp (30 ml) peanut oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Salt and ground Sichuan hot pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) brandy
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) sugar
  • Instructions

  • 1. Remove the outer leaves of the cabbage, slice into 1-inch (2.5 cm) strips, blanch in boiling water, and drain.
  • 2. Brown the garlic clove in oil, add the cabbage and spices, and fry, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
  • 3. Dissolve sugar in the brandy, add to the cabbage, and stir for 1 minute.
  • 4. Serve immediately.
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    Posted Tuesday June 14, 2016 10:30am

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