May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

A celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States, this commemorative month pays “tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success,” according to the Library of Congress website,

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month was established by Congress to mark the “immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.”

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Asian & Pacific reads for kids

Browse Asian and Pacific kids’ fiction and picture books selected by our librarians:

Asian & Pacific kids’ fiction

Asian & Pacific picture books

Celebrate Lei Day

Celebrate and learn about Lei Day, a statewide celebration in Hawaii, with books and artifacts from the Multicultural Collection and an artifact-inspired craft. Join us Wednesday, May 1, at Dole Branch, 3:30-4:30 pm. Best for ages 5+.

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