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Celebrate Chinese New Year

Learn more about the meaning and symbolism of the Chinese New Year and what it has in store for us in 2021. We will also have a take-and-make craft for families available for pickup at the Fiction Desk -- a Chinese lantern. We will give instructions with each craft kit and during our program. For the program, join Shannon Haddock and Dr. Shuying Rao to learn more about this very festive and important celebration! 2021 is a year of the Ox, starting from February 12th, 2021 (Chinese lunar New Year Day) and lasting until January 30th, 2022. It will be a Metal Ox year.

Tuesday, January 19 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Zoom Meeting Details


Our Speaker, Dr. Shuying Rao

Dr Shuying Rao obtained her Ph. D degree in Global Studies in 2007 and has worked as a university professor in Shanghai since 2001. She is currently a visiting scholar at Alabama A&M University, and has been helping with the promotion of Chinese language teaching and culture exchange in the past few years.  She has a young daughter that often takes advantage of Hoover's online storytimes.  We thank her for the gracious donation of her time!

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Take-And-Make Chinese Lantern:

Pick up at the Fiction Desk of the Hoover Library!

Watch Fiction's Shannon Haddock make two varieties of paper lanterns!

These paper Chinese Lanterns are easy to make and look great. Make lots and string them together for a cool decoration. Note: because this lantern is made of paper, we do NOT recommend that you use it as a real lampshade.  Below are different ways to make them using the materials provided from take-and-make kits (supplies not included: scissors and gluestick or tape.)

Paper Chinese Lanterns

In ancient China, the original lanterns were used to provide light and eventually as aspects of Buddhist worship. Today, they are used only for decoration and modern forms of celebration and worship. Lanterns have become a symbol of national pride in China and are used to decorate homes and public places.

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