SUMMIT, NJ - Hilltop City residents can join the Summit Free Public Library in celebrating the Lunar New Year -- also known as the 'Spring Festival -- on January 18, from 4 - 7 p.m. Heralding 'The Year of the Rat', the festive event will include traditional Chinese performances in the Library's rotunda beginning at 5 p.m.  

With a nod to the Chinese tradition of 'temple fairs', this year's activities will include a sampling of Chinese delicacies and will emphasize creating a cultural experience for all to enjoy. Tables will be set up in a fair-like setting and will sell New Year's snacks, small crafts, and New Year's decorations.

Prices will range from 50 cents - $10, with all monies raised applied to the purchase of Chinese language children's books that will provide an opportunity for Summit area children to develop their Chinese language skills. This year’s Lunar New Year festival is sponsored by HSBC Bank, Grace Liu CPA, and Ben Zhang Realty.

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The event is free to attend however registration, for purposes of head count, is requested and available by calling the Library at 908-273-0350, ext. 825 or by selecting the Event Calendar tab at summitlibrary.org. In the event of snow, the Lunar New Year festival will take place on January 19, from 4 - 7 pm.

The Summit Free Public Library is located at 75 Maple Street.