Gertie the Common Ground Rooster was nervous about his first trip to the New Haven Free Public Library. Until he arrived, spread out on a checkered towel, and found that he had an adoring public, and a particularly agile translator.

That translator, a pint-sized Elm Citizen named Michael-Noah Osarisiuwa, stepped forward as librarian Sunny Carito and Common Ground Environmental Educator Alexa Fiszer taught a handful of attendees about the Lunar New Year and Chinese zodiac, which this year commemorates the rooster.

The event took place Saturday as part of the New Haven Free Public Library’s (NHFPL) Young Minds program, designed to teach kids about different cultures through interactive and literary activities.