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Lunar New Year 2021: In the Library

Lunar New Year 2021: The Year of the Ox

Books in the Library

Check These Out!

The TCC libraries have books for kids and grown-ups alike. Check out these titles to learn about Lunar New Year, Spring Festival, and other aspects of Chinese culture.

These books are available NOW for checkout via curbside/front door pickup!

brush drawing of Chinese characters

The 12 Chinese Animals

Chinese astrology holds the key to a better understanding of self and others, and to living a life of harmony. Master Zhongxian Wu explains the significance of the number 12 in Chinese cosmology and connects this with the twelve Chinese animal symbols - Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Horse, Snake, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Using the wisdom of the twelve animal symbols as a guide, you will learn how to better understand your personality and make choices that profoundly influence your health, relationships, career, and finances, allowing you to live up to your greatest potential.

illustration of several children watching a Chinese New Year parade

Chelsea's Chinese New Year

Chelsea's family is celebrating Chinese New Year! Chelsea gets to stay up late. She watches fireworks and a parade with a dragon! She and her family have a big feast. Find out the different ways people celebrate this special day!

12 stamped, red rectangles arranged in a circle

Chinese Customs

This colorfully illustrated Chinese culture book introduces all the traditional festivals and customs of China. The background history and popular myths surrounding all the well-known festivals, including the Chinese New Year, the Lantern Festival and the Mid-Autumn Festival, are explored and detailed in each colorful chapter. China is a vast country, and consequently different customs and ways of looking at the world have gradually developed over the course of Chines history. 

examples of paper crafts associated with Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Celebrated every year starting in January or February, the Chinese New Year is a happy, fun festival that children will love learning all about. This joyful little book is jam-packed with puzzles and activities to complete, more than 50 stickers to use, and festive decorations to make. Kids will also find oodles of doodles, a charming storybook, super stencils, quizzes and puzzles, and lots more to keep them entertained while they discover many exciting things about this fascinating celebration.

3 photos of origami examples and a large photo of cherry blossom flowers

The Chinese Origami

Learn Chinese paper folding with this easy origami book. This origami paper craft book features zhezhi, the art of paper folding and origami which originated in China more than 1900 years ago and is still practiced today by the Chinese. Chinese Origami: Paper Folding for Year-Round Celebrations introduces many basic techniques and step-by-step instruction for a over 70 origami projects. 

A man in a red hat sits at a desk practicing calligraphy

Chinese Script

In this brisk and accessible history, sinologist Thomas O. Höllmann explains the development of the Chinese writing system and its importance in literature, religion, art, and other aspects of culture. Spanning the earliest epigraphs and oracle bones to writing and texting on computers and mobile phones today, Chinese Script is a wide-ranging and versatile introduction to the complexity and beauty of written text and calligraphy in the Chinese world. 

illustration of a child and adult looking at a Chinese paper dragon decoration

Dragon Dance

It's time to celebrate Chinese New Year! It's Chinese New Year and there are so many fun things to do! Shopping at the outdoor market for fresh flowers, eating New Year's dinner with the whole family, receiving red envelopes from Grandma and Grandpa, and best of all-watching the spectacular Chinese New Year's parade! Introduce the customs of Chinese New Year to even the youngest readers with this festive new lift-the-flap book.

illustrations of the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals arranged in a circle

The Great Race

Celebrate Chinese New Year and learn how every animal earned its place in the Chinese zodiac by taking part in the Great Race.

illustration of a dragon

The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes

Now in its fourth edition, "The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes" remains the definitive, classic work on this fascinating subject and artfully combines the Eastern lunar calendar with Western solar-based astrology. Discover which of the twelve animal signs you are and how "the animal that hides in your heart" influences your outlook on life and your relationships with others. Theodora Lau makes it simple to understand and to chart your own horoscopes. 

a colorful Chinese paper dragon

Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Chinese New Year

"Celebrate Chinese New Year" continues the spectacular "Holidays Around the World" series by looking at this child-friendly holiday. Using fairly brief text and approximately 25 fabulous photographs, the book gives a flavour for the holiday as it is celebrated around the world. "Celebrate Chinese New Year" focuses on historical and cultural aspects of the holiday: traditions, food, types of celebration. 

collage of photos depicting several people and places from China

Modern China

Providing an indispensable resource for students, educators, businessmen, and officials investigating the transformative experience of modern China, this book provides a comprehensive summary of the culture, institutions, traditions, and international relations that have shaped today's China. In Modern China, author Xiaobing Li offers a resource far beyond a conventional encyclopedia, providing not only comprehensive coverage of Chinese civilization and traditions, but also addressing the values, issues, and critical views of China. As a result, readers will better understand the transformative experience of the most populous country in the world, and will grasp the complexity of the progress and problems behind the rise of China to a world superpower in less than 30 years. 

illustration of a child marching with the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac

Ruby's Chinese New Year

Ruby has a special card to give to her grandmother for Chinese New Year. But who will help her get to grandmother's house to deliver it? Will it be clever Rat, strong Ox, or cautious Rabbit? Ruby meets each of the twelve zodiac animals on her journey. This picture book includes back matter with a focus on the animals of the Chinese zodiac.