May is Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month! This cultural celebration encompasses all of the continent of Asia, as well as the Pacific islands of: Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, as the majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.
Programming: The Santa Clara County Library District is celebrating with programming geared toward AAPI culture and heritage all month long! Click here to view our full calendar of events for AAPI month, or click here to see programming specifically for adult, teens, or children.
Booklists: Below you will find fiction booklists for all ages geared toward the AAPI experience:
Beanstack Challenge: Throughout the month of May, earn badges for attending programs and reading books in celebration of AAPI month. Click here to learn more and sign up!