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Chinese New Year begins

‘Songs of Willow Frost’ by Jamie Ford (above) is one of several resources available at the Detroit Lakes Library to learn more about the Chinese culture, and Chinese New Year, which starts Jan. 31.1 / 2
Learn more about Chinese New Year in the children’s book “The Runaway Wok: A Chinese New Year Tale” by Ying Change Compestine, available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. 2 / 2


The year of the horse begins Jan. 31, 2014; that milestone also kicks off the Chinese year 4712. 

Did you know one out of every six people in the world celebrates Chinese New Year?

The main idea of the New Year’s festivities is to remember family, and wish everyone peace and prosperity.

For more Chinese New Year and culture, check out the following titles.

“The Runaway Wok: A Chinese New Year Tale,” by Ying Chang Compestine.

When a boy goes to the market to buy food and comes home with an old wok instead, his parents wonder what they’ll eat for dinner.

But then the wok rolls out of the poor family’s house with a skippity-hoppity-ho! and returns from the rich man’s home with a feast in tow!

“Songs of Willow Frost,” by Jamie Ford.

Twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese American boy, has lived at Seattle’s Sacred Heart Orphanage ever since his mother’s listless body was carried away from their small apartment five years ago.

On his birthday — or rather, the day the nuns designate as his birthday — William and the other orphans are taken to the historical Moore Theatre, where William catches a glimpse of an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost.

Struck by her features, William is convinced that the movie star is his mother, Liu Song.

The new is here!

Lake Agassiz Regional Library has launched a redesigned website to better serve you.

Of course we kept all of the features you enjoy — digital downloads, electronic newsstand, children and teens pages, and event calendars (just to name a few) — and added great new navigation tools and an optimized catalog search.

Log on to today to renew a checkout, read up on library news, Ask A Librarian, or view our recommendations page and find something new to check out!

Library hours

The Detroit Lakes Library, located at 1000 Washington Ave., is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

It is closed on Sundays.

For more information on library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit the website at

Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library.