City of Long Beach 
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Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 042921-2
Long Beach Public Library Celebrates Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Cathy DeLeon
Library Services
Long Beach Public Library

Long Beach, CA - Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) will commemorate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month throughout May with a series of virtual programs, events and activities for all ages. Through story times, book discussions and cultural programs, the Library will celebrate and uplift the beauty of many AAPI stories, voices and experiences that add richness to the cultural landscape of Long Beach.

“We are proud to celebrate the important experiences and contributions from the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities throughout our city,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.

“Our Cambodian, Filipino and other AAPI brothers and sisters are an integral part of the cultural fabric that make up Long Beach,” said Glenda Williams, Director of Library Services. “I’m thrilled that LBPL is able to promote inclusivity through our diverse workshops and events for our entire community.” 

Highlights of this year’s LBPL’s AAPI Heritage Month events are listed below. A full list of events is available on the LBPL online calendar.

  • Origami Take-and-Make Craft (May 1) - Learn about the history of this unique Japanese craft with a take-home craft kit. Kits are available for pickup at all LBPL To-Go locations on a first-come, first-served basis and while supplies last.
  • Bookbites Podcast (May 4) - A LBPL-hosted podcast highlighting the new teen book, The Patron Saints of Nothing by Filipino American author, Randy Ribay.
  • Bilingual Storytime (May 8 and 22) - Children can enjoy celebrating Asian American cultures through stories, told in Spanish, highlighting Chinese and Korean cuisine and culture. 
  • Virtual Hula (May 11) - A virtual hula performance by local Polynesian dancers.
  • Miller Room Book Club featuring The Refugees (May 15) - A book discussion for adults on the short stories collection The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen, exploring poignant stories of immigration, family, love and identity through the experiences of Vietnamese refugees to America.
  • Author Talk & Teen Writing Workshop (May 22) - Middle and high school students can enjoy this online writing workshop, “Storytelling in the 21st Century,” for young, aspiring authors, presented by local author and educator, Ky-Phong Tran.
  • Pacific Islander Lecture Series featuring “Many Islands, Many Stories: Exploring Oceania Arts, Tradition, & Heritage,” (May 22) - A new virtual arts and culture lecture series presented by Fran Lujan, Director of Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum.

Details on how community members can participate in these virtual programs will be available throughout the month of May on the LBPL website or by calling 562.570.7500. People can also follow @LongBeachPublicLibrary on Facebook and Instagram for up to date information.

About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Public Library
Long Beach Public Library, founded in 1896, serves a diverse urban city of close to half a million people. The Long Beach Public Library system includes Billie Jean King Main Library and eleven neighborhood libraries and a vibrant online presence. In summer of 2017, the Long Beach Public Library was awarded the National Medal for Library and Museum Services in recognition of successful community-collaborations, innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and literacy-focused programs to the residents of Long Beach. With an emphasis on providing free and equal access to information and support for learning for a lifetime, the Library offers books, media, databases, Internet access, Family Learning Centers, makerspaces, and a variety of events ranging from story times to educational and cultural programs.

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