San Francisco Public Library Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Dancing, painting, crafts, film, food, books, research and more

For Immediate Release: May 4. 2017 Media Contact: Katherine Jardine (415) 557-4295;
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San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Public Library celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage month in May with engaging cultural programs for children, teens and adults in honor of the traditions, history and heritages of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Don your kimono to prepare a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, view a display of Angel Island family history, attend a special youth yoga session, watch a screening of Moana with your neighbors, learn about China’s oldest stringed musical instrument, attend a Hawaiian hula show and much more – all free! For readers, check out the Library’s suggested adult book list on or about Asian Pacific Americans or come to a poetry reading, storytelling or book club event. The San Francisco Public Library and SoMA Pilipinas are hosting Shades of San Francisco, inviting members of San Francisco’s Filipino community to include their photos in the San Francisco History Center archives. On Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., share Filipino-American photographs to help document the evolution of the Filipino community from the 1920s to today. There will be more than seventy-five programs at the Main Library and neighborhood branches. View the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month program guide for the complete program schedule and join us in honoring the culture, traditions and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Asian Pacific American Heritage programs are supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. All events are free and open to the public. Highlights: Kodakan Photo Day: Shades of San Francisco Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Main Library, Skylight Gallery (Appointments are recommended. Sign up here.) Angel Island Immigrant Voices Sunday, May 7, 12-3 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Rooms A & B The Immigrant in America – poetry reading Wednesday, May 24, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Bernal Heights branch Tranquil Resonance - The Story of the Guqin Saturday, May 20, 10:30 – 12 p.m., Chinatown Branch Japanese Tea Ceremony Saturday, May 6, 2-2:45 p.m. and 3-3:45 p.m., Mission Bay Branch Home Movie Day – San Francisco's Filipino Community Saturday, May 13, 12-5 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium Genealogy and Family History Research Monday, May 8, 1-3 p.m., North Beach Branch   Halau Ha'a Kea o Kinohi – Hula Dancing Saturday, May 6, Merced Branch, 1:15 – 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 6, Ortega Branch, 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. Sunday, May 7, Western Addition, 2:00-2:45 p.m.   Kathak Indian Dance Performance Sunday, May 7, 1:30-2:30 p.m., West Portal Branch Saturday, May 20, 11-12 p.m., Richmond Branch Sunday, May 21, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Merced Branch   Japanese Taiko Drumming with Kristy Oshiro Thursday, May 4, 3:30-4 p.m., Chinatown Branch Saturday, May 13, 10:30-11 a.m., North Beach Branch   Disney’s Moana Saturday, May 6, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Western Addition Branch Thursday, May 11, 2-4 p.m., Presidio Branch Wednesday, May 24, 6-8:30 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch Friday, May 26, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Richmond Branch Wednesday, May 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Main Library, Children’s Center Wednesday, May 31, 4-6 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch   Chinese Brush Painting Saturday, May 20, 2:30-4 p.m., Chinatown Branch Saturday, May 27, 2-3:30 p.m., Ortega Branch Find the entire list of programs in the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month guide. Or via the Library’s online calendar.
May 5, 2017