DATE: December 18, 2013
Celebrate the Chinese Year at your library!
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Ring in the Chinese New Year with fun and festivities at Broward County Libraries. Celebrated on January 31, 2014, the Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal's year would have some of that animal's personality; this year, 2014, is the Year of the Horse.
The Chinese New Year is a time for families and friends to gather. The holiday features a lantern festival, with a dragon dance as a highlight. The dragon - which might stretch 100 feet long - is typically made of silk, paper and bamboo and is held aloft by young men who dance as they guide the colorful beast through the streets. In the United States many Chinese-American communities have added American parade elements such as marching bands and floats.
During January, experience the customs and traditions of Chinese New Year at library locations countywide. From children's craft and story times to a performance of "dancing lanterns," Broward County Libraries will host fun, free festivities for all ages.
- January 12 - Dancing Lanterns into the Chinese New Year, performance by the Palm Beach Chinese Performing Arts Group, adults, call library to register, 2 to 3 p..m., Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center, Cotilla Gallery, 3100 Ray Ferrero Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314, 954-262-5477
- January 25 - Pajama Story Time, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Davie/Cooper City Library, 4600 SW 82 Avenue, Davie, FL 33328, 954-357-6399
- January 27 - Gong Xi Fa Cai! Celebrate Chinese Year! Children's program, Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library, 2800 NW 9 Court, Pompano Beach, FL 33069, 954-357-7670
- January 27 - Celebrate Chinese New Year with the Chinese Performing Arts Group, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Pembroke Pines/ Walter C. Young Resource Center, 955 N.W. 129 Avenue, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028, 954-357-6750
- January 27 - Crafty Kids, ages 6-11, 7 to 7:45 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33024, 954-201-8825
- January 28 - Twilight Tales, all ages, 7 to 7:45 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33024, 954-201-8825
- January 30 - Toddler Time, ages 18 months to 3 years, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., South Regional/Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33024, 954-201-8825
- January 31 - Chinese Lantern Art Craft, ages 13-18, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314, 954-262-5477
The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 40 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use, and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of Broward County's diverse community. Broward County Libraries Division continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive Web site, Broward.org/Library which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW - Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Broward County Historical Commission.