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Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month


May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Read on for upcoming programs, book discussions, and recommendations – we hope to see you at the library to learn more about Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage with us!


Monday Morning Matinee

Mon. May 9, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Libbie Mill Library

Joy Luck Club (1993, R, 139 min.): Wayne Wang's Adaptation of Amy Tan's bestseller about four immigrant Chinese women and their American-born daughters. The story begins in San Francisco, where three of the women have gathered to bid farewell to their deceased friend's daughter, who's departing for China to meet her long-lost half-sisters. This award winner stars: Tamlyn Tomita, Kieu Chinh, Tsai Chin, France Nuyen, and Lisa Lu.

STEM Investigation: US Pacific Islands

Thur. May 12, 7:00-8:00 PM at Twin Hickory Library

Learn about the dramatic geological forces shaping the geography of the US Pacific Islands with University of Richmond Professor, David E. Kitchen, who will explain the effects of plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunami on the islands, and how the people who live in this region cope with ongoing threats from these forces of nature.

Hawaiian Dance with Halau Kahealani

Sat. May 14, 2:00-2:30 PM at Tuckahoe Library

Before the advent of written language in Hawaii, dance movements and chants were used to record and communicate the history, events, customs, and phenomenon of the islands. Join us in welcoming Halau Kahealani from Virginia Beach, VA, for a performance of this centuries-old dance form that will connect audiences with traditional Hawaiian culture in celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Ukulele for Beginners

Mon. May 23, 6:30-8:00 PM at Glen Allen Library

Tues. May 24, 6:30-8:00 PM at Varina Area Library

Designed for beginners with an interest in learning to play ukulele, one of the most recognizable art forms of Hawaii. Participants will learn the basics of proper handling and playing chords on this fun and portable instrument. Ukuleles and music instruction will be provided during the program. Best for adults and mature teens.

Cook & Book: Easy Filipino Food THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED, 5/6/2022 

Mon. May 23, 7:00-8:30 PM at Varina Area Library

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by sampling some delicious Filipino food.  Vanessa Lorenzo from AmusingMaria will share some easy to prepare dishes that exemplify this amazing cuisine.


Fiction and Food Book Discussion: Hawaiian Style

Mon. May 9, 7:00-8:30 PM at Varina Area Library

Fiction selection: Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Armstrong Washburn.

Kick off Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with an epic family saga that explores the tensions found between traditional Hawaiian culture and modern day reality, human connection and loss, and exile and coming home. As a part of our book discussion, we will share food experiences, recipes, cookbook titles in the library collection, and sample a few favorite local Hawaiian dishes featured in the novel. Books for this discussion may be picked up at the Adult Services Desk of the Varina Area Library.

Teen Comics Club

Tues. May 17, 7:00-8:00 PM at Glen Allen Library

Graphic Novel selection: The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

For Ages 13-17. In The Magic Fish, Tien and his mother may come from different cultures—she’s an immigrant from Vietnam still struggling with English; he’s been raised in America—but through the fairy tales he checks out from the local library, those differences are erased.



EASY (Picture Books)




Want to learn more? Connect with local Asian American organizations to explore resources in your community!

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