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Celebrating Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

April 27, 2022

May is Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month! We take this time to celebrate Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and their cultures, history, and accomplishments.

Displays & Recommended Reading

Come to the library and peruse our displays for all ages for AAPI Heritage Month. Our librarians have also curated lists of titles for adults, kids, and teens that you can view through our online catalog. Place a hold on any title that looks interesting!

Library Events

Book Discussion: Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri

Wednesday, May 11, 1:30 pm
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A marvelous new novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Lowland and Interpreter of Maladies about a woman questioning her place in the world, wavering between stasis and movement, between the need to belong and the refusal to form lasting ties. This is the first novel Lahiri has written in Italian and translated into English. Copies of the book are available at the Adult Reference Desk, or you may check out a copy through Libby/Overdrive.

An Evening with Michelle Zauner (Virtual Event)

Wednesday, May 18, 7:00 pm
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Michelle Zauner, the indie rock star of Japanese Breakfast fame, discusses her music career and her bestselling book Crying in H Mart. Her memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity was a New York Times notable book of the year. In conversation with Jessica Hopper, Chicago-based music critic, producer, and author. Join us on Zoom! This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering high-quality events.

Digital Resources

Film: Kanopy has curated a collection of films that showcase Asian American and Pacific Islander talent, while also addressing the rich and varied cultural backgrounds of these communities.

Language Learning: Learn over 70 languages with Mango Languages, including Mandarin, Japanese, and Hindi.

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