Wednesday, May 05, 2021

It’s time to celebrate the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. May is designated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and originated in the late 1970s. During this month we celebrate the history and contributions of Asian and Pacific Americans. Asian and Pacific Americans have been a part of the history of the United States since the early 1700s. This group encompasses East Asia, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and parts of the Middle East. They are the fastest-growing racial group in the U.S. and have played a major role in shaping our culture.

Interested in programming? Check out what we have going on in May! Kits can be picked up at the Southwest Branch Library. Our virtual content will be posted on Facebook.

Asian Voices: Read to me kit (Registration required)

Monday, May 3, all-day at Southwest Branch

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with your family, register for an Asian Voices: Read To Me Kit! These kits are designed to help you support your child's development at home.

How to Make Boba Milk Tea (online)

Monday, May 10, 10 a.m. on Facebook

Teen librarian demonstrates how to make boba milk tea. Boba milk tea is a delicious iced drink that originated from Taiwan and has taken the world by storm. 

Virtual World Language Storytime-Mandarin (Registration required)

Thursday, May 13, 5 p.m. on Zoom

We are hosting a special edition of our Mandarin Chinese storytime outside of our usual storytime season! Listen and experience an engaging story read by community volunteers.

Origami Kit (Registration required)

Monday, May 17, all-day at Southwest Branch

Register for a kit that gives you everything you need to make an origami crane at home! Kits will be available for pick-up on the week of May 17th.

Asian Pacific Heritage Book Talk - Shelf Check Podcast

Saturday, May 22, 5 p.m. on Spotify, Apple, or any other streaming platform

Our podcast Shelf Check is back for season two. Season Two has something for everyone with topics covering Jane Austen, Neurodiversity, Fairytales, and Victorian Mysteries.

How to Make Dumplings (online)

Monday, May 24, 10 a.m. on Facebook

Dumplings are a popular food that has variations in many Asian countries. Making dumplings is a social event and recipes may be passed down from generation to generation. They are also often a large part of celebrations and major holidays. 

To learn more about Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, check out these websites!