@ Your Library 2.13.18

Happy Chinese New Year!


@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart


Cabin fever, anyone?  You aren’t alone.  Over 1.4 billion people are preparing to celebrate Spring Festival (Chinese New Year), which is just around the corner!  Join them in preparing for the Year of the Dog. It’s not too late for some spring-cleaning to welcome the new year with all the blessings and prosperity it will bring!  Once the dust has settled, reward yourself by reading some of the following:

  • Dragon Dance by Joan Holub: Describes the celebration of Chinese New Year from a young child's point of view. Includes directions for making a dragon puppet.

  • Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes by Nina Symonds, Leslie Swartz, and the Children’s Museum of Boston: Presents background information, related tales, and activities for celebrating five Chinese festivals--Chinese New Year, the Lantern Festival, Qing Ming, the Dragon Boat Festival, and the Moon Festival.

  • The Diary of Ma Yan: The Daily Life of a Chinese Schoolgirl by Ma Yan: Ma Yan's diary chronicles her struggle to escape the desperate poverty in rural China through education. But, with so little money to pay the fees, she must be persistent and resourceful.

  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin:  Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.

  • New fiction by Cindy Pon (all of her books are on display in our YA section):

    • Serpentine: Inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology, this fantasy is set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and tells the coming-of-age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns 16, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she's a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But night time brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell. When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self--even as she falls in love for the first time.

    • Sacrifice: When Zhen Ni discovers that her new husband, the strange and brutish Master Hou, may not be all he seems, Skybright and Stone must travel through the terrifying underworld to save her.  

  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See: In nineteenth century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, or "old same, " in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The two women exchange messages written on silk fans and handkerchieves using nu shu, a unique language that women created in order to communicate in secret, sharing their experiences, but when a misunderstanding arises, their friendship threatens to tear apart.

  • The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan: Set in San Francisco and in a remote village of Southwestern China, Amy Tan's The Hundred Secret Senses is a tale of American assumptions shaken by Chinese ghosts and broadened with hope. In 1962, five-year-old Olivia meets the half-sister she never knew existed, eighteen-year-old Kwan from China, who sees ghosts with her "yin eyes." Decades later, Olivia describes her complicated relationship with her sister and her failing marriage, as Kwan reveals her story, sweeping the reader into the splendor and violence of mid-nineteenth century China. With her characteristic wisdom, grace, and humor, Tan conjures up a story of the inheritance of love, its secrets and senses, its illusions and truths.

  • Other novels by Amy Tan, Lisa See, and Pearl S. Buck’s classic: The Good Earth are on display in our adult fiction section. (All book descriptions were taken directly from our NCLS catalog.)

Library Programs:

Just another reminder that, on February 17 and 24 from 1pm to 4pm, artist Judith Utter will present Botanical Illustration Through a Nature Journal and Watercolors, a two-part workshop focused on sketching and painting two different natural objects. Fee is $40 per session and participants will receive a Stillman & Birn archival journal to use in future studies. Class size is limited; please register before February 7 by calling (315) 386-3517 or emailing judithutter@gmail.com. Familiarity with basic watercolor techniques is encouraged.

Baby Storytime happens on Tuesdays from 10-10:45am. Children ages 0-18 months and their caregivers are invited to experience books and participate in bounce rhymes, songs, finger plays, and social/play time. There is no registration necessary for this program.

Toddler Story Time (18-35 months) meets Monday mornings 10:30am-11am and runs in 4-week sessions. Registration is required, so please be sure to contact Valerie White at 315 386-3712 ext. 4.  There are still openings in the Toddler Story Time that runs through the month of February, as well as sessions in March, April, and May, for which children ages 18-35 months may be registered.

Preschool Storytime meets Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:15 am. This popular program features books, flannel board stories, songs, finger plays, movement, and crafts. Preschool Storytime is designed for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers. No registration is needed.

The Junior Writers’ Group at the Canton Free Library meets from 3:30-4:50 pm the second and last Thursday of every month. This creative and lively group is for children ages 8-12 who like to have fun with words. Children should bring paper and a writing instrument. Questions? Contact Linda Batt 344-6592 or linda.batt06@gmail.com

Teen Programs:

Teens, we would appreciate your ideas and suggestions! Join us as we discuss our upcoming holiday party on Friday, February 16, in celebration of the Chinese New Year!  

Teens! Anime Club continues to endure recent apocalyptic weather to gather you on Fridays 5:00-7:00 pm to enjoy some sweet, sweet anime!

Casuals Wielding Dice will continue to meet each Wednesday from 3pm-5pm at Canton Free Library. Join Game Master David Crowell for imaginative adventures involving critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and creativity!  

Clash of the Readers will be getting a new schedule this year. Our annual reading challenge, which has taken place in March during Teen Tech Week, will now take place during Teen Read Week in October 2018. Stay tuned for more information!

Hours: Canton Free Library is open Monday 9:30am - 8pm, Tuesday 9:30am - 5pm, Wednesday 9:30am - 8pm, Thursday 9:30am -5pm, Friday 9:30am -5pm, and Saturdays from 10am -3pm. Please note that the book drop remains open 24/7 for returns. Rensselaer Falls Branch Library is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3pm -6pm. Morley Branch Library is open Tuesday and Thursday 1pm -6pm.

For more CFL news, “like” the library page on Facebook.  Find new additions to our collection on our website: cantonfreelibrary.org. To renew your current checkouts, login to ncls.org; you may also renew via email at canlib@ncls.org, or by calling (315) 386-3712.

Happy Chinese New Year @ your library!