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Burton Library to Celebrate Year of the Horse with Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble
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Concert will conclude with a spirited East-West collaboration with local Burton folk musicians Rob Rhamy (fiddle) and Gordon Keller (guitar).

Add some color and culture to your winter by wearing red, making some noise and helping to usher in the Chinese New Year at 2 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Burton Library.

Headlining the family friendly event are four members of the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble, which will present their Spring in the East concert, playing traditional Chinese instruments including bamboo flutes, fiddles, lutes and percussion.

“There will also be readings and colorful stories told about the horse in Chinese history and culture, making it a rich educational experience as well,” said Paula Wagner, the library’s adult services coordinator.

Some of the themes and songs planned include horse racing, a horse herding mountain song and one called “Testing Horses in the Suburbs in Spring,” according to the schedule. Other selections listed are “Elk River Blues,” “Cluck Old Hen,” “Chinese Breakdown” and “Midnight on the Water.”

The library will have a special section of books available to explore on Chinese history, customs and culture, along with a display of authentic silk dresses and garments.

Traditional Chinese almond cookies and a special red dragon punch will be provided for snacking.

Wagner said she also has an additional surprise planned for children.

“My son is really excited about this,” said Wagner. “It’s his year. He will be 12 years old in February, born under the horse sign in the Chinese zodiac.”

She said the event already has generated a lot of interest among library patrons and local musicians.

What will make this event special for Burton, according to Wagner, is that local musicians have been invited to play with the ensemble for a spirited East-West collaboration toward the end of the program. Included are Rob Rhamy on fiddle and Gordon Keller on guitar.

Audience members will be invited to play drums, gongs and symbols.

Attendees should wear red because it is considered to be a lucky color in the Chinese culture, Wagner said.

The Spring in the East concert honors the official start of spring in China, which is celebrated this year on Jan. 31, at the new moon lunar phase.

According to an online chart, those born in the lunar years 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002 and 1012 fall under the sign of the horse. Those born in early to mid January, however, are likely to be under the sign of the snake.

The horse symbolizes character traits such as strength, energy and an outgoing nature, according to folklore. They are said to thrive when they’re the center of attention and are always in search of a good time. Capable of multi-tasking, they do not always finish what they start because they are forever chasing the next opportunity, it warns.

Other upcoming library programs include a resume writing and interview workshop, a chess tournament and help with your e-reader devices.

If your New Year’s resolutions included a new job, consider the library’s two-part resume writing and interview workshop conducted by human resource professionals. On Jan. 21, they will share resume tips, top do’s and don’ts for interviews, and a mock interview.

On Feb. 4, you can bring a copy of your updated resume for the team to review and offer tips. Both programs start at 6 p.m.

The annual Friends of the Library chess tournament is scheduled for Saturdays in February, beginning with children in kindergarten through fifth grade on Feb.1 and concluding with adults 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 22.

This tournament is Swiss-type, with each participant playing four games. Prior tournament competition is not necessary. Players should bring their own standard chess sets and a snack or lunch and beverage. There is no entrance fee, but players must register in advance.

If you received an e-reader for Christmas and want to learn how to use it stop by the library’s Wireless Lounge any Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your device for free assistance. If that does not meet your schedule, stop at the Reference Desk to make an appointment.

The library is located at 14588 West Park St. For registration and information on all programs, visit or call 440-834-4466.

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