Youngstown library celebrates Year of Horse Jan. 31

The Chinese New Year 4712 begins Jan. 31. The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County plans a celebration at its Newport Branch, located at the corner of Midlothian and Market streets. Chris Davidson tells us about the gathering and the Year of the Horse.

Children will make dragon masks and lanterns during a Chinese New Year celebration at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, in the Newport branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. The library is at the corner of Midlothian and Market streets. Adults must accompany children younger than 7. Chris Davidson/TheNewsOutlet.org

Children will make dragon masks and lanterns during a Chinese New Year celebration at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, in the Newport branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. The library is at the corner of Midlothian and Market streets. Adults must accompany children younger than 7. Chris Davidson/TheNewsOutlet.org

According to the Chinese Zodiac, people born in the Year of the Horse will be clever, cheerful and talented – or they could be impatient, stubborn and have trouble listening.

Some of the historic figures or celebrities born during the year of the horse include Davy Crockett, Ella Fitzgerald and Jerry Seinfeld.

To honor the Chinese New Year, the Mahoning County Library is hosting a celebration at 4 o’clock this afternoon.

CYNDI HICKMAN: There’ll be crafts, Chinese lanterns, dragon masks, coloring table with lots of coloring sheets and word puzzles. There will be a table where you can decorate a “Happy Chinese New Year” card.

That’s urban librarian Cyndi Hickman. She’s in charge of the event.

HICKMAN: It’s important because it gives families a chance to spend time together, brings them into the library gives them something positive, they meet their neighbors, they see what’s available in the community.

Chinese New Year traditionally is a time for family and community gatherings.

For TheNewsOutlet.org, I’m Chris Davidson.

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