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February 10, 2010 > Alameda County Library News: Paper Hearts and Dancing Dragons

Alameda County Library News: Paper Hearts and Dancing Dragons

Celebrating Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year at Tri-City Libraries

February is always a big month for programming at your local library. Two of the holidays we celebrate are Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day.

At Fremont Main, there will be:

* Wednesday February 10th Valentine making workshop from 4-4:30. Geared to school age children, but younger children are welcome if accompanied by an older helper. Registration is required. This one fills up fast; so register as soon as you can by calling the Children's Information Desk at (510) 745-1421.

* Saturday February 20th A celebration of The Year of the Tiger with members of the Citizens For a Better Community, the South Bay Chinese Club and the Purple Lotus Chinese School. Activities include crafts, a martial arts demonstration, dance, music and much more. The always popular Lion Dance will be held- 1-2 pm in the Fukaya Meeting Room. Crafts and Traditional Art demonstrations from 1- 4pm in the Children's Area

Centerville Branch will have:

* Tuesday February 9th Drop in Valentine crafts from 3:30 and 7. All materials are provided, just bring your imagination and creativity! Younger children will also need to bring an adult to help.
* A Chinese Lantern Riddle game on Tuesday and Thursday February 16th and 18th, in which visitors to the library can solve a lantern riddle and win a lantern. Stop by any time during branch hours to play this traditional Chinese New Year game. Riddles are in Chinese and English, choose up to three per day. For all ages.

Irvington Branch will have Christie of Christie's Creative Cupboard to help celebrate Chinese New Year by teaching how to design our own Dancing Dragon! This program will be held on Wednesday February 10th at 3:30, and is for children age four and up. Younger children will need an adult helper. This is sure to be a popular program, so tickets will be handed out beginning 30 minutes prior to the program's start.

Niles Branch will celebrate Valentine's Day on Tuesday February 9th at 3:30 by having a workshop for children to make a bookmark for someone special. Young children may need an adult helper.

The Newark Library will celebrate Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year together on Thursday, February 11th. From 5:54-7 pm, there will be crafts to celebrate both. Enjoy making valentines, tiger masks and paper dragons.

At the Union City Library, there will be a big celebration of Chinese New year on Saturday. February 27th from 1-4 p.m. with a Lion Dance, special treats, games and crafts for the whole family.

Feeling in the mood to read? Here are a few recommended holiday related titles:

Link to the library's catalog of Valentine's Day books for kids:

Link to the library's catalog of Chinese New Year books for kids

Adults may enjoy these mysteries with a Valentine's Day theme:
* Bleeding Hearts by Jane Haddam
* Valentine Murder : A Lucy Stone Mystery by Leslie Meier
* Plum Lovin' by Janet Evanovich
* Cat playing cupid : a Joe Grey mystery by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

Want to know more? Try one or more of our many holiday books. All Tri-City branches have books on Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day and other festivals.

We'd also like to recommend the website Holidays on the Net,, which has links to tens if not hundreds of crafts, recipes, songs, videos and more. There is advertising on this site but the content is well worth a visit. Happy Holidays!

Sallie Pine, Manager, Fremont Libraries

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