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Celebrate 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. We invite everyone to join us for programs including traditional music, crafts, and more celebrating the Year of the Rabbit. We’ll also be marching at the 2023 Lunar New Year Parade in Flushing on Saturday, January 21. We can’t wait to see you out there!

Upcoming Programs Booklists

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Programs

CELEBRATE LUNAR NEW YEAR IN VIETNAMESE CULTURE: TRADITIONS, COOKING AND MORE (VIRTUAL)

Tet Nguyen Dan is the Vietnamese Lunar New Year and the most important and most family-centered festival of the year in Vietnamese culture. Katherine Hung will share with you how Vietnamese families prepare for the celebration and demonstrate how to make some popular dishes in a series of three virtual sessions. Presented in English and Vietnamese.
Part 1: Tất Niên is the period before the New Year. Let’s talk about preparing for the new year and make a popular treat that is eaten around New Year: Candied Lotus Seeds.
Part 2: Giao Thừa is New Year’s Eve. Let’s talk about how Vietnamese families ring in the new year and make a quintessential Southern-style Vietnamese New Year dish: Pork Belly Braised with Coconut Water and Eggs.
Part 3: Tân Niên is the New Year. Let’s talk about customs and traditions!
Join on Zoom: https://queenslib.org/3GagQrb 
By Phone: 646-931-3860
Access Code: 858 5286 8217
Passcode: 121926

Thursdays, January 12, 19, 26
2:30pm

FUN FRIDAYS (IN-PERSON)

Join us on Fridays for something different each week! Games, crafts, science experiments, movies, or... who knows? The program is open to children ages 5-12. Although space is limited, preregistration is not required.
1/13: Puppet Making
1/24: Lunar New Year Puppet Show
1/27: Belly Laugh Day: Join us as we share jokes!

Fridays, January 13, 24, 27
4pm 
Glen Oaks
256-04 Union Turnpike 

LUNAR NEW YEAR LUCKY CAT CRAFT (IN-PERSON)

Children ages 4 and up with their caregivers will make a Lunar New Year Lucky Cat Craft.

Friday, January 13
4pm 
Auburndale
25-55 Francis Lewis Boulevard

LUNAR NEW YEAR 2023 AT FOREST HILLS: THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT (IN-PERSON)      

Please join us in celebrating Lunar New Year 2023, the Year of the Rabbit! Learn about the origin and culture of Lunar New Year, enjoy some fun with Chinese Horoscopes, and listen to traditional Lunar New Year music! Olivia Lu, harpist and pianist, and Suzanne Z. Shu, internationally renowned musician of the guqin (a plucked seven-string instrument played for almost two thousand years in China), will be performing live.

Saturday, January 14
2pm
Forest Hills
108-19 71 Avenue

LUNAR NEW YEAR CRAFTS (IN-PERSON)

Kids and caregivers are invited to work on a simple Lunar New Year craft.

Tuesday, January 17
3:30pm
Mitchell-Linden
31-32 Union Street

TUESDAY CRAFTERNOONS (IN-PERSON)

Join us for fun craft activities based on a new theme each week including winter, Lunar New Year, and more! Be prepared to get a little messy! For families and children of all ages.

Tuesdays, January 17, 24, 31  
4pm 
Poppenhusen
121-23 14 Avenue

LUNAR NEW YEAR DRAGONS CRAFT! (IN-PERSON)

Children and caregivers are welcome to join us for a fun craft! We will be making dragons to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Thursday, January 19
4:30pm
Richmond Hill
118-14 Hillside Avenue 

Celebrate The Year Of The Rabbit With Ba Ban Chinese Music Society (IN-PERSON)

Ba Ban Chinese Music Society invites you to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with festive music, dance, interactive New Year's traditions, and more. As the sounds of Silk and Bamboo tunes fill the air, red ribbons tossed up and down to drumbeats, this program will bring joy, good health, and prosperity in the year 2023.

Thursday, January 19
6pm
Central Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard

CULTURE BRIDGE: WELCOME THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT (IN-PERSON)

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, the Oriental Operatic Artists Association (OOAA) will present a cultural performance to the community. The show will include a variety of performances such as dance, singing, folk music and Chinese operatic performance. We welcome everyone to come and enjoy the Spring Festival together. This is a live performance with the option to join virtually.
Join on Zoom: https://queenslib.org/3Ga1KBX 
By Phone: 646-931-3860
Access code: 891 7269 4324
Passcode: 0120

Friday, January 20
4pm 
Flushing
41-17 Main Street

PAPER LANTERN DECORATION (IN-PERSON)  

Come join us to decorate paper lanterns in celebration of Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rabbit.

Saturday, January 21
3pm
Woodside
54-22 Skillman Avenue

HAO BANG-AH RABBIT! HAND PUPPET SHOW (IN-PERSON)

“Hao Bang-Ah” is a common Chinese expression meaning “Great!” or “Well done!” Each year, Chinese Theatre Works celebrates the Lunar New Year season with a great, original “budaixi” (traditional glove-puppet) production featuring one of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac. This year’s production stars the Rabbit, who will preside over a jolly selection of wild puppet skits, dances, popular songs and well-known Chinese sayings celebrating the wit and wisdom of the Zodiac animals. Sing-alongs and a hands-on, post-show demonstration will make the Chinese language and cultural experience accessible to even the youngest audience members.
This program is funded by Council Member James Gennaro. Additional funding is provided by NYSCA, DCA, United Plus, and NYPL. 

Monday, January 23
3:30pm
Pomonok
158-21 Jewel Avenue

LUNAR NEW YEAR: MAKE A DRAGON PUPPET (IN-PERSON)    

Create a Dragon puppet for the Lunar New Year! This program is best suited for children ages 6-10 with caregivers.

Tuesday, January 24
3pm 
North Hills
57-04 Marathon Parkway

HAO BANG-AH RABBIT! HAND PUPPET SHOW (IN-PERSON)

“Hao Bang-Ah” is a common Chinese expression meaning “Great!” or “Well done!” Each year, Chinese Theatre Works celebrates the Lunar New Year season with a great, original “budaixi” (traditional glove-puppet) production featuring one of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac. This year’s production stars the Rabbit, who will preside over a jolly selection of wild puppet skits, dances, popular songs and well-known Chinese sayings celebrating the wit and wisdom of the Zodiac animals. Sing-alongs and a hands-on, post-show demonstration will make the Chinese language and cultural experience accessible to even the youngest audience members.
This program is funded by Council Member Shekar Krishnan. Additional funding is provided by NYSCA, DCA, United Plus, and NYPL.

Tuesday, January 24
4pm 
Elmhurst
86-07 Broadway   

RABBIT CRAFTERNOON FOR LUNAR NEW YEAR (IN-PERSON)

Kids in Grades K-6 are invited to get creative and make something special. Since 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese Zodiac, this Crafternoon is rabbit-themed! No registration is required, but space and materials may be limited.    

Wednesday, January 25
4pm 
Hunters Point
47-40 Center Boulevard

SCIENCE EVERYWHERE: DRAGONS! (IN-PERSON)

Dragons are a lucky symbol in Chinese culture. But are dragons mythological creatures or real animals? In celebration of Lunar New Year, we will learn about dragons and make a fun dragon craft. This program is for children ages 5-12. No registration required, but space and materials may be limited; first-come, first-served.

Thursday, January 26
4pm
Hunters Point
47-40 Center Boulevard

CELEBRATE LUNAR NEW YEAR WITH CHINESE AND KOREAN PERFORMANCES (IN-PERSON)

Ba Ban Chinese Music Society invites you to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with festive music, dance, interactive New Year traditions and more. Then, the Korean Traditional Music and Dance Center of New York (KTMDC, founded in 1987) will delight you with traditional Korean music and dance.

Thursday, January 26
3:30pm: Ba Ban Chinese Music Society
4:30pm: Korean Traditional Music and Dance Center of New York
McGoldrick
155-06 Roosevelt Avenue

HAO BANG-AH RABBIT! HAND PUPPET SHOW (IN-PERSON)

“Hao Bang-Ah” is a common Chinese expression meaning “Great!” or “Well done!” Each year, Chinese Theatre Works celebrates the Lunar New Year season with a great, original “budaixi” (traditional glove-puppet) production featuring one of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac. This year’s production stars the Rabbit, who will preside over a jolly selection of wild puppet skits, dances, popular songs and well-known Chinese sayings celebrating the wit and wisdom of the Zodiac animals. Sing-alongs and a hands-on, post-show demonstration will make the Chinese language and cultural experience accessible to even the youngest audience members. This program is funded by Council Member Shekar Krishnan. Additional funding is provided by NYSCA, DCA, United Plus, and NYPL.

Friday, January 27
3:30pm
Jackson Heights
35-51 81 Street

LUNAR NEW YEAR PARTY (IN-PERSON)

Join us for a special celebration of the Lunar New Year! We will have games, prizes, face painting, and more. This program is for children ages 5-12 and their adults. Registration is not required but materials may be limited.

Friday, January 27
4pm 
Hunters Point
47-40 Center Boulevard

LUNAR NEW YEAR: THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT (IN-PERSON)

Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with a bead-making craft workshop for children ages 5 and up and their families! Special red envelopes will be provided for all participants by the Flushing Library.

Saturday, January 28
11am
Flushing
41-17 Main Street

CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT PAPER CRAFT PROGRAM  (IN-PERSON)

Celebrate Lunar New Year with the IBPS New York Chinese School and participate in a fun, creative papercutting workshop. Presenters will provide instructions and all supplies, including red paper, brushes, ink, and more. You will get to take your creation home to enjoy!

Saturday, January 28
11am
North Forest Park
98-27 Metropolitan Avenue

Saturday, February 4
2pm
Forest Hills
108-19 71 Avenue

CULTURE BRIDGE: LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION CONCERT (IN-PERSON) (VIRTUAL)

Flushing Library invites Melody of Dragon to present a New Year’s celebration concert. Chen Tao, director and flutist of MOD, alongside renowned Chinese Sheng and Guanzi virtuoso, Hu Jianbing, and plucked string virtuosos Liu Li and Wang Junling will present you with music from all over China. The program will include different combinations of silk, bamboo, and ensemble music, such as “Step by Step,” “Phoenix Wings,” “In a Festival Mood,” and other beloved songs. This is a live performance with the option to join virtually.
Join on Zoom: https://queenslib.org/3BDqikm 
By Phone: 646-931-3860
Access Code: 845 4546 9526
Passcode: 0128

Saturday, January 28
2pm 
Flushing
41-17 Main Street

LUNAR NEW YEAR CRAFT PROGRAM: MAKE A LANTERN WITH ARTIST SOH YOUNG LEE-SEGREDO (IN-PERSON) 

Each year the Zodiac is represented by a different animal. 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit. Come and experience Lunar New Year and make a lantern to brighten your home. Listen to Korean folktales with Rabbits living on the moon and make the story come alive!

Saturday, January 28
3pm
Douglaston/Little Neck
249-01 Northern Boulevard

Saturday, February 4
3pm
Bayside
214-20 Northern Boulevard

Tuesday, February 7
3pm
McGoldrick
155-06 Roosevelt Avenue

LUNAR NEW YEAR: RABBIT STORYTIME AND NECKLACE CRAFT FOR KIDS (IN-PERSON)

Children will listen to rabbit-themed Lunar New Year stories, then make an adorable rabbit necklace.       

Tuesday, January 31
4pm 
Forest Hills
108-19 71 Avenue

LUNAR NEW YEAR CRAFT (IN-PERSON) 

Celebrate Lunar New Year, the year of the Rabbit, by making a cool craft with us in the Children’s Room.

Wednesday, February 1
3:30pm
Queens Village
94-11 217 Street

CELEBRATE LUNAR NEW YEAR WITH THE NEW YORK HUA XIA ARTS ASSOCIATION (IN-PERSON)

To celebrate the Year of the Rabbit, members of the New York Hua Xia Arts Association will bring the audience a variety show with Chinese folk music, dance and other performances.

Saturday, February 4
3pm 
Elmhurst
86-07 Broadway

LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION: CHEF SOH YOUNG LEE-SEGREDO DOES KOREAN COOKING (VIRTUAL)

Lunar New Year is a time when Korean households eat delicious rice cakes and dumpling soup. Rice cakes represent longevity. Traditionally, women get together as a community and make dumplings. We’ll serve this wonderful rice cake soup with delicious roasted barley tea.
Watch on Facebook.

Tuesday, February 7
6pm

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For Adults

Chinese Feasts and Festivals: A Cookbook
by S. C. Moey

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The Grand Spectacle of Chinese New Year Customs
by Hong Kong China Tourism Press

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Your Chinese Horoscope for Each and Every Year
by Neil Somerville

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New Year Celebrations in Central China in Late Imperial Times
by Göran Aijmer

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Ringing in the Lunar New Year
by Isla Chiu

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A Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year
by Jackie Lau

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Daughters of the New Year
by E. M. Tran

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audiobook

The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen
by Grace Young

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Lunar Love
by Lauren Kung Jessen

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The Year of Cecily
by Lisa Lin

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Secrets from My Vietnamese Kitchen
by Kim Thúy

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Koreatown: a Cookbook
by Deuki Hong

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For Children

The Runaway Rice Cake
by Ying Chang Compestine

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The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac
by Christopher Corr

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Lunar New Year
by Susan E. Hamen

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Mindy Kim and the Lunar New Year Parade
by Lyla Lee

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Ruby's Chinese New Year
by Vickie Lee

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Bringing in the New Year
by Grace Lin

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Friends Are Friends, Forever
by Dane Liu

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A Sweet New Year for Ren
by Michelle Sterling

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Alex's Good Fortune
by Benson Shum

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The Nian Monster
by Andrea Wang

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Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas
by Natasha Yim

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The Dragon Warrior
by Katie Zhao

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