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the Lunar New Year
at Queens Public Library

Happy New Year!

Lunar New Year is an Asian tradition welcoming in a new year and honoring ancestors. Come to a participating library for programs including traditional dance, music, crafts, and food. Enjoy the start of the Year of the Rat with us. Don’t miss all of the ways to be involved in this special annual celebration.

Upcoming Programs

Chinese American Parents Association & Queens Public Library at Flushing Present Lunar New Year Lantern Festival  
To celebrate Lunar New Year, Chinese-American Parents’ Association (CAPA) will work with Queens Public Library at Flushing to host a “Lantern Festival Craft Activity” to help children learn about the culture and customs. Professional staff will be onsite to teach children and parents how to make their own lanterns and bring them home to celebrate Lantern Festival. All materials and supplies will be provided. 
Saturday, February 8 @ 1pm
Flushing | 41-17 Main Street

Celebrate Lunar New Year with Chinese Music, Dance and Craft 
Celebrate Lunar New year with Chinese folk dance, traditional musical performances, and Chinese New Year Spring Festival Couplet* [hand painted calligraphy] giveaways presented by the Oriental Operatic Artists Association. As a special treat, the Friends of McGoldrick Library will give away free portrait sketches* for the audience by Chinese artists. *On a first-come, first-served basis. Supplies are limited. 
Saturday, February 8 @ 2pm
McGoldrick | 155-06 Roosevelt Ave. (off Northern Blvd.)

Celebrate Lunar New Year with Korean Chef Soh Young Lee-Segredo: Making Bokumbap (Fried Rice)
Let’s celebrate the Lunar New Year together! Korean Fried Rice* is prepared and served with pan fried vegetables such as onions, scallions, carrots, leeks, potatoes and mushrooms and thinly fried scrambled eggs. Mushroom and egg will be optional. The dish will be served with turnip pickles and boricha (barley tea).*Food is limited. The participants are welcome to try the prepared food. QPL is not responsible for any allergic reaction or illness resulting from your participation.
Saturday, February 8 @ 2pm
Douglaston/Little Neck | 249-01 Northern Boulevard

Lunar New Year Celebration at Woodside
For the fifth consecutive year we celebrate Lunar New Year at Queens Public Library at Woodside. Please join Jenny Chu, a graduate of the Department of Dance of the Taiwan Arts University, who will lead her dance group and perform Chinese traditional dances, five-step boxing demonstrations, Tai Chi Kung Fu fans, musical instruments, and riddle solving activities. Please join us.
Saturday, February 8 @ 3pm
Woodside | 54-22 Skillman Avenue

Peking Opera in Lunar New Year Presented by Qi Shufang Peking Opera Company 
During the Lunar New Year holiday time, the famous Qui Shufang Peking Opera Company will perform some classic pieces. In addition, Chinese music instruments ehru and drum will illustrate high skill and artistic tone specially designed for Peking Opera.  
Sunday, February 9 @ 2pm
Flushing | 41-17 Main Street

Celebrate the Year of the Rat with Chinese Music, Dance, Arts, and Korean Food 
Let’s celebrate the Lunar New Year together!
11am: Chinese Folk Music, Dance, and Traditional Opera with New York Hua Xia Arts Association Inc., Auditorium;
1pm: Learn traditional Chinese papercutting with Master Lu and make a cute Eggshell Rat with Sharlene, IRC Conference Room;
2pm: Korean Food Preparation with Korean Chef Soh Young Lee-Segredo, Rooms A&B;
Saturday, February 15 @ 11am, 1pm, 2pm
Flushing | 41-17 Main Street

Celebrate Lunar New Year With A Taiwanese Bakery Workshop: Learn To Make Authentic Pineapple Crisp 
Tina will teach you how to make the most popular Taiwanese bakery "authentic pineapple crisp" that is always used as a gift among friends. As long as you've prepared the stuffed pineapple and freeze it in advance, you can make it whenever you want it. It is simple and easy! 
Saturday, February 15 @ 3pm
Woodside | 54-22 Skillman Avenue