Chinese New Year Celebration

Chinese New Year Celebration

The Children’s Library presents our annual Chinese New Year Celebration for children ages 0-12 years and their families Saturday, February 9, from 2:00 until 3:30 PM.

2019 is the Year of the Pig! Come listen to stories, learn about Chinese culture, make crafts, and play games. Light refreshments will be served.

Crafts include making felt fortune cookies and creating paper pigs, Koi fish, and lanterns. Games include pin the tail on the pig, chopstick challenge, feed the pig, Zodiac matching game, and Pong Hau K’i (a traditional Chinese game)

Children under the age of 7 years must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Worldbuilder: Panel Discussion & Workshop

Four local authors will be joining us to share their experience and expertise in worldbuilding, writing, and publication on January 19 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. This is a 2-hour program. During the first hour, we will present a panel discussion including a q&a session. The second hour will be spent workshopping with the authors in one-on-one or small groups. Attendees are invited to come with questions and with their works-in-progress. This may appeal to writers of all levels, readers of fantasy, sci-fi, fan fiction, and other worldbuilding-focused genres, RPGers, LARPers, etc. We welcome all ages 13 and up.

The participating authors are Brooke Johnson, Charity Bradford, Joe DeRouen, and Lori Hawkins.

Brooke Johnson is a stay-at-home mom, amateur seamstress, RPG enthusiast, and art hobbyist, in addition to all that book writing. As the jack-of-all-trades bard of the family, she adventures through life with her fiercely-bearded paladin of a husband, their warrior-princess daughter, a cowardly wizard of a dog, and a roguish cat that somehow persuaded them to let him join the party.They currently reside in Northwest Arkansas, but once they earn enough loot and experience, they’ll build a proper castle somewhere and defend against all manner of dragons, goblins, and whatever else dares take them on.

Charity Bradford has been a voracious reader ever since her 5th-grade teacher introduced her to the world of books with the Where The Red Fern Grows and Summer Of The Monkeys. When she discovered science fiction she lost herself in the worlds created by Card, Bova, Asimov, Bradbury, Nagata, and Niven. She lives in Northwest Arkansas with her hubby and four kids that keep her on her toes.

Joe DeRouen ( is an Amazon best-selling author of contemporary fantasy and horror novels. His most recent novel, Memories of a Ghost, has enjoyed strong reviews and currently has a 5-star rating on Amazon. His other works include the first two books of the Small Things trilogy (Small Things and Threads,) and his collection of short stories and novellas, Odds and EndingsA Pattern of Shadows, the final book in the Small Things trilogy, will be released in 2019. Joe lives in Rogers, Arkansas with his wife, son, and four cats.

Lori Hawkins is a BYU-Idaho graduate working on publishing her first book. She previously had a job writing online game reviews and is currently running two Dungeons and Dragons groups. She enjoys writing fantasy, horror, and sci-fi.