The Rancho Peñasquitos Library recently celebrated the Chinese Lunar New Year with festivities for all ages. The event kicked off with a lion dance performed by the Southern Sea Lion Dance Troupe, complete with vibrant dancing and costumes to the beat of drums, gongs, and cymbals. After the dance, the troupe wowed the audience with a martial arts exhibition. The library’s Drama Club, led by volunteer high school student Shreya Huilgol, presented a story of Chinese New Year for the event’s participants. The story explained the meaning and symbols behind the festivities, and told of a horrible demon beast named Nian who could be scared away with loud noises, the color red, and strange creatures. After the various performances, attendees enjoyed delicious refreshments such as Chinese moon cakes, tangerines, and candies. Finally, the day wrapped up with an arts and crafts time which allowed participants to make masks to celebrate the year of the goat, also referred to as the year of the sheep.

The Rancho Peñasquitos Library offers many activities such as this throughout the year to celebrate holidays or festive events, but also offers educational activities for the community such as the S.E.T. Club science-related workshops, homework help every Monday and Thursday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and Tuesday and Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m., community blood drives, and books clubs, among many others. For more information on library events call 858-538-8159 or visit www.sandiego.gov/public-library.