Lunar New Year Celebration — Year of the Rat

When: Saturday, January 25, 11:00am – 2:00pm
Price: Free with Museum admission
Book cover for Gordon & Li Li Celebrate Chinese New Year.
Courtesy Michele Wong McSween

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Join us as we celebrate the Lunar New Year! Special guest author Michele Wong McSween will read her new book Gordon and Li Li Celebrate Chinese New Year. Afterward, she will lead a Mandarin lesson, followed by an art-making workshop to celebrate the year of the Rat. A traditional snack will be provided. 

Storytime will begin at 11:15am.

About the Book:
Gordon and Li Li are cousins. Li Li is from China and speaks Mandarin, while Gordon lives in Brooklyn and speaks English. They are excited to celebrate Chinese New Year together! Learn about the preparation, the good luck foods, and special greetings that ensure a happy and prosperous New Year while learning words in English and Mandarin.

About the Author:
Michele Wong McSween is a mom, fashion designer, author, and fourth-generation Chinese American. She resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband Steve and three boys – Walker, Harry, and Stevie.  McSween holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Growing up in Sacramento, CA, she never learned Chinese and wanted to be sure her own boys were confident with Chinese language and culture. After enrolling them in early learning Mandarin classes, McSween looked for appropriate Mandarin bedtime reading and found that little was available.  She created Gordon & Li Li with an appealing, simple and modern design aesthetic that would engage kids and parents alike.

Registration suggested, but not required.

Family and Community Engagement Programs are made possible in part by the Margaret S. Ogden and Stephen A. Ogden Memorial Fund, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Sy Syms Foundation, and the Frank J. Antun Foundation.

The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center is endowed by grants from The Thompson Family Foundation Fund, the F.A.O. Schwarz Family Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Endowment, and other generous donors.

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