Deschutes Public Library News
Let's Go Fly A Kite
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 4/10/2005
Come fly a kite at the Community Kite Flying on Saturday, May 7, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 in the Old Mill District. This program is part of the Novel Idea … Read Together, community-reading project offered by Deschutes Public Library with the support of the Friends of The Deschutes Public Library, Deschutes Public Library Foundation, The Source Weekly, and KLRR 107.7. Bring a lunch and a kite and enjoy a day celebrating the art of kite flying. The program is free and open to the public.
In his debut novel, author Khaled Hosseini tells the story of two boys, bound together by the sport of kite fighting. As a metaphor, early in the novel kites represent the violence of Afghan history. Later, kite flying comes to represent freedom and healing. The kite fighting described in the novel is executed with glass-coated string that leaves the kite flyers hands torn and bloody. Bruce Lambert of Yakima, WA, will be on hand to give two demonstrations of kite fighting. Lambert will be demonstrating North American style of kite fighting, which involves “line-touch,” the skillful maneuvering of the kite flying line so it touches an opponent's flying line from a predetermined direction. “It’s just as exciting and fast paced, but a lot less dangerous,” says Lambert, who has won 3 of the 4 Line-Touch World Cup Championship competitions held during the Washington State International Kite Festival in Long Beach, Washington. His demonstrations will take place at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Before and after Lambert’s demonstrations, kite flyers from around Oregon will be demonstrating their skills with a variety of kites, including stunt kites and large character kites. Additionally, several award winning Oregon kite makers will be in attendance. The Library invites all participants to bring their own kites and join in.
During the months of April and May, the Library will be hosting a variety of events in support of the Novel Idea … Read Together project. The programs are designed to give residents of Deschutes County a glimpse into the culture, history and people of Afghanistan. Much of The Kite Runner, this year’s selected novel by Hoseini, is set in the author’s native country, Afghanistan. For a complete listing of Novel Idea programs, please call 312-1032.