Children’s Activities

Lunar New Year Celebration at the Andes Library

Saturday, January 29, 2022 – 11:00 am

On Saturday, January 29th at 11:00 am, the Andes Public Library, in collaboration with W.I.D.E. (Women for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity), will hold a Lunar New Year Celebration.  Children and their families are welcome to attend.  Masks will be required for all. The library is located at 242 Main Street in Andes.

Representatives from W.I.D.E. will be on hand to read “Nian: The Legend Behind China’s Lunar New Year Festival. Afterwards, the group will create traditional Good Luck envelopes and a Bolang Gu (Chinese drum), a traditional Chinese pellet drum used in ancient Chinese ritual music. The group will play their drums along with a video showing a traditional Dragon dance. Finally, all will have a chance to sample Mandarin oranges and dumplings—two traditional foods eaten and exchanged at the New Year.

At the end of the workshop, children can pick one age appropriate book to take home to continue to learn about Chinese culture.  Young children can take the picture book Eyes That Kiss In the Corners by Joanna Ho, illustrated by Dung Ho; younger chapter book readers can get a copy of In the Year of the Board and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord; and middle school children can take a copy of The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang.

These multicultural workshops celebrating diversity are made possible by a collaborative literacy grant from The A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation and funds from W.I.D.E.  Each month from June 2021 – May 2022, a W.I.D.E. workshop is held rotating between the Andes Library, the Canon Free Library in Delhi, and the William B. Ogden Free Library in Walton.

For more information, contact Director Pamela West-Finkle at 845-676-3333 or

Library director Miss Pam uploads a new story time every Wednesday by noon. Visit our Andes Public Library Facebook Page ( or if you would like to view any of the archived online story time videos, visit our Facebook Videos (
or YouTube page:

Educators are welcome and encouraged to use these videos in the classroom or via remote learning activities.