Escondido Public Library will celebrate the Lunar New Year with special programs planned during the month of February. All events are free, open to the public, and scheduled to take place in the Library’s Turrentine Room.
• Panda Express Pawsibilities Reading Program for children ages 4 to 12 starting Thursday, February 1, 2018 to Wednesday, February 28. Children read five books to earn a free meal! Pick up registration materials at the Children’s Desk.
• 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents: Lunar New Year Bohua Youth Group for all ages on Saturday, February 3, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. An instrumental ensemble comprised of middle grade and high school students whose traditional performances inspire appreciation for Chinese art and culture.
• Lunar New Year Meditation Storytime for children ages 4-12 years and their families on Thursday, February 8, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn Tai Chi, how to meditate through an interactive story, and create a meditation jar.
• Stories to Celebrate the Lunar New Year for children ages 6-12 years and their families on Tuesday, February 13, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Escondido resident Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan is an author, presenter, and professor at San Diego State University. In her interactive program, she will read from two of her picture books, Popo’s Lucky Chinese New Year, and Paper Son: Lee’s Journey to America. Children will participate in fun activities that relate to the stories and that celebrate Asian culture and the Lunar New Year.
• Lunar New Year Celebration: Lion Dancers for all ages on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn about the history and cultural significance of lion dancing as the Legendary Lion Dance Association performs a traditional dance.
All programs are sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The Pawsibilities Reading Program is sponsored by Panda Express. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St. in downtown Escondido. For more information about Lunar New Year programs visit library.escondido.org or contact Senior Librarian for Youth Services, Dan Wood, at 760-839-4827 or firstname.lastname@example.org.