Monday, May 21, 2007

Asian / Pacific American Heritage Month -- Display in the Library lobby -- now through the end of May

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The Buena Park Library District celebrates Asian / Pacific American Heritage Month with a display of Asian and Hawaiian arts, crafts and other cultural items. The display is on exhibit in the Library lobby and runs now through the end of May 2007. The Library is located at 7150 La Palma Avenue in Buena Park, between Knott and Western Avenues.

Objects on display range from musical instruments, clothing, jewelry, and art objects. Also available for checkout are books which highlight the Asian American and Pacific Islander experience.

May is Asian / Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month—a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. In May 1990, President George H.W. Bush designated May to be Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States May 7, 1843 and to mark the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid tracks for the Central Pacific portion of the railroad were Chinese immigrants. According to U.S. Census statistics, there are 16.3 million residents who said they were Asian or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, alone or in combination with another race.

Stop by the Buena Park Library and take in the amazing range of items. The Buena Park Library is open Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For information, please call the Reference Desk at 714-826-4100, ext. 125.

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