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Alia Mahdi of Stamford helps her son, Musa, 3, at the Darien Library's Chinese New Year craft event on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Darien, Conn.
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Arya Raguram, 9, of Darien, works alongside Hunter Deserio, 4, of Stamford, at the Darien Library's Chinese New Year craft event on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Darien, Conn.
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Ibrahim Mahdi, 1, of Stamford, pauses for a smile at the Darien Library's Chinese New Year craft event on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Darien, Conn.
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Juana Levano, 9, of Stamford, does some coloring at the Darien Library's Chinese New Year craft event on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Darien, Conn.
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Sisters Maisie Taylor, 5, of Darien, left, and Emmy, 3, focus on their projects at the Darien Library's Chinese New Year craft event on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Darien, Conn.
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Mara Mass, 10, of Darien works on her project at the Darien Library's Chinese New Year craft event on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Darien, Conn.
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Megan Mass of Darien assists her son, Evan, 2, at the Darien Library's Chinese New Year craft event on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Darien, Conn.
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Piper Ozzano, 2, of Norwalk concentrates at the Darien Library's Chinese New Year craft event on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Darien, Conn.
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Savanna Buys, 9, of Darien, hard at work at the Darien Library's Chinese New Year craft event on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Darien, Conn.
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Sydney Nelson, 8, of Stamford, works near a gold and red collection of art at the Darien Library's Chinese New Year craft event on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Darien, Conn.

DARIEN — The Year of the Dog arrived with a howl Friday afternoon when the Darien Library hosted a craft activity to celebrate Chinese New Year.

“Today is the start of the Chinese New Year,” explained Samantha Cardone, children’s program coordinator, “so we are celebrating with a Year of the Dog craft.

Kids constructed lanterns in the traditional colors of red and gold, decorating and coloring to their liking.

“We just think it’s important for kids to learn about celebrations from all cultures,” Cardone said, “and experience new holidays that they may not typically celebrate in school or at home.”