March 2012

Monday, March 26 – Friday, May 11, 2012

Students who return their overdue books to either the Queens or Staten Island Circulation Desks between March 26 and May 11, 2012 with donations of non-perishable food items will have their fines waived (see Suggested Food Items below).

One food item will erase one overdue fine regardless of the fine amount (multiple fines will be waived from lowest to highest amount).

Pre-existing overdue fines are also eligible.

Fines and fees resulting from lost or damaged library materials are NOT eligible for the Food for Fines program.

All food collected will go to Our Saviour Lutheran Food Pantry (Queens) and Project Hospitality (Staten Island)

Suggested Food Items:

Cereals, canned soup, instant potatoes, Jell-O, canned juice, canned vegetables, evaporated milk, canned fruit, peanut butter, canned meat, canned fish, rice, pasta, canned spaghetti sauce, stuffing mix, etc.

Pet food and baby food will also be accepted. 

No item past the expiration date or dented cans will be accepted.

Date: March 16, 2012

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Location: Chin Ying Asian Library

At Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

Chinese Paper Cutting, also known as Jianzhi (剪纸) in Chinese, is a unique folk art form and has a long history since the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. – 220 A.D.). Originally, it was only popular among the nobility since paper was highly precious at that time. Later, the art spread among the ordinary people and became a part of everyday life of Chinese.

Usually, paper cuttings are used in Chinese Spring Festivals. People like to put them at the entrance gates in the hope of bringing good luck for the family, or stick them to windows as decorations.

Chinese New Year began on January 19th, and it is the year of the Dragon. We have invited Mrs. Esther Cheng (鄭繼芳), one of the local paper cutting artists, and several other artists – Tang Hua, Qi Hong, Hsin Ping, Judy Lin, Mary Lin, and Joyce Wells –to come to the library for a demonstration of the art.

Mrs. Cheng began practicing paper cutting while she was a college student in Taiwan more than 20 years ago. She was a teacher for the paper cutting classes organized by Yeh Ying Chi International Benevolent Foundation (葉穎基國際慈善基金會) in Flushing in recent years. At this demonstration, you will learn some basic and advanced paper cutting skills and have the opportunity to practice these skills as well.

Please bring your own scissors if you can.

Everyone is welcome!  If you would like to attend the workshop, please contact: Tian Zhang via  phone (718) 990-5082  or email: