Auckland Libraries celebrates Year of the Dragon

Tuesday 17 January 2012, 1:01PM

By Auckland Council



What do story books, tai chi and dragons have in common? They all feature in this year’s lunar New Year celebrations at libraries across the Auckland region.

This year is the Year of the Dragon and Auckland Libraries has a programme of free activities, displays, stories and presentations in local libraries from 18 January to 11 February.

The lunar New Year is one of the biggest celebrations in the East says Abigael Vogt, Team Leader of the Multicultural Service Development team.

“This year we have a huge range of activities and displays that celebrate the Year of the Dragon and the diversity of our library communities.

“The celebrations offer an opportunity to experience Auckland Libraries’ wealth of resources ranging from Asian-language books and magazines, to online services like Chinese Digital Community, Dragonsource and Press Display.

“Kids will love ‘Storytime for Little Dragons’ or making their own crafty dragon. There are activities for teenagers and opportunities for adults to broaden their horizons with research opportunities, computer classes in Mandarin and calligraphy workshops,” she says.

Also part of the programme are bi-lingual storytimes, tai chi demonstrations, lantern making workshops, a Chinese painting exhibition, concerts, ‘Ask me in Mandarin’ sessions and more.

Visit to find out what activities are on in your local area or pop into an Auckland Library near you and celebrate the Year of the Dragon with us.