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.”