Reasons to Read Nonfiction: AAPI Stories

A selection of books on Asian and Asian/Pacific Islander American experiences, in celebration of AAPI Heritage Month.

As part of OPL's celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, this week's Advice for Readers blog presents a selection of books showcasing the complexity and diversity of the AAPI story. In March of this year, OPL published a statement in support of the Asian and Asian/Pacific Islander American community, which provided an expansive list of both children's and adult books on the subject of Asian American experiences and history, as well as resources for Asian Americans and their allies. Below, you will find books ranging from broad compelling histories, to intimate personal memoirs and

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Celebramos la herencia Asiático-Americana y de las Islas del Pacífico

Lee y diviértete con nosotros celebrando la herencia Asiático-Americana y de las Islas del Pacífico.


En mayo celebramos la Herencia Cultural de los Asiáticos Americanos y de las Islas del Pacífico (“AAPI”). Te recomendamos algunos libros en español, y también listas de libros en inglés, escritos por o acerca de estas comunidades.

Además de leer, queremos invitarte a los siguientes eventos para que te diviertas en familia celebrando la herencia Asiático-Americana y de las Islas del Pacífico: 

  • 8 de mayo –

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in May 2021

Calling all fiction lovers! Here come some new books for May!


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Saturdays in May: AAPI Celebration, Storytime & #OPLSummer Kickoff

Mark your calendar for Saturdays at 10:30 AM! Join us for family fun as we celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander month and kickoff #OPLSummer. Link to Asian Pacific American Read-In Week Videos

Mark your calendar for 10:30 am these Saturdays in May and don't forget to RSVP!

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New en español: Feminist vegetarian wolves and board books in OpenDyslexic

Despite a global pandemic, you'll still find some of the best new Spanish language books at your Oakland Public Library! Check out this selection of imported titles by independent publishers in Argentina, Mexico, and more.

Oakland Public Library is serious about meeting the needs and interests of our communities, including books written in languages other than English and published in formats that increase accessibility.  

In 2020 we weren’t able to attend the largest and most important Spanish language book festival (Feria Internacional del Libro, FIL) that takes place every year in Guadalajara, México. Yet OPL staff found ways to work with book vendors during the pandemic to improve our Spanish language collections and provide kids and families with quality reading options during the library closure.  

Of course we want Pete the Cat, Peppa, Disney and other bestsellers,

but we also believe it's important to have authentic books written and published by creators from diverse regions and communities.  

Below are some of the books we’ve ordered and can’t wait to share with you. Included in the list are a story about a

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什麼是Compassion in Oakland 義工團隊? 我們可以如何支持屋崙華埠?

春回大地 , 天氣慢慢回暖  , 大家都一定很想出外走走。

很不幸最近我們經歷了越來越多針對亞裔的暴力 , 特別在華埠社區, 這是無法接受和容忍的。大家亦可能感到惆悵 , 莫大的無力感 ,無奈百感交集。

為了社區, 商戶和居民的安全, Compassion in Oakland 組織了一個義工團隊來維護華埠社區安全。義工可以陪同你步行到你泊車的地點,巴士站,或指定步行範圍內的目的地。如有需要的話,義工亦可護送華埠店員晚上關舖。

為了大家的安心,義工會出示證件並尊重你的私隱。義工團隊已經完成培訓並會遵守義工守則。所有Compassion in Oakland 的義工都接受了新冠病毒測試呈陰性結果才能作出義工服務。新冠肺炎疫情持續,為了社區安全,義工提供服務其間,大家都必需佩戴口罩已保障大家健康。

Compassion in Oakland 的義工團隊並不是警察,而是一群關心社區的熱心義工工作人員。 如果大家有需要有人安全陪伴在華埠外出購物或步行,可以打電話聯絡 Compassion in Oakland 510-200-8682.


  • 粥類、新鮮腸粉: 金閣 Kum Guo 
  • 湯類、海南雞飯、港式奶茶: 皇帝湯 Imperial Soup
  • 燒鴨、炒麵: 金牌 New Gold Medal Restaurant 
  • 芒果奶昔:甜甜屋 Sweet Booth
  • 煎堆、糯米包:桃園 Tao Yuen Pastry
  • 蛋撻:

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Black Matters: the World of Afrofuturism

The Main Library sponsored a program that explored the rich, creative and affirming landscape of Afrofuturism.

On Thursday, April 22, the Oakland Public Library hosted a virtual program with filmmaker, curator and visual artist Celia Peters in which she spoke about the origins, development, and current popularity of Afrofuturism. Click here to watch

Using images from art, fashion, literature, and clips from music and films, she illustrated that Afrofuturism is a multidisciplinary, wide-ranging creative movement that centers Black history and culture. Ms. Peters cited the cosmologies of Nigeria, Mali, and Egypt as major influences, “cultures that show up in the DNA of Afrofuturism.”

Afrofuturism places Black protagonists and experiences at the center of a song, painting, story, or film. With the phenomenal international success of the film “

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Earth Day and Environmental Justice

A selection of books exploring environmental justice.

Last Friday was Earth Day, the anniversary of the modern environmental movement. If you're interested in learning more about the environmental justice movement check out these books in OPL's collection.

Our History is the Future Black Faces White Spaces

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Reasons to Read Nonfiction: Women In Jazz

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and this year the focus is on women in jazz. Here are some highlights from our collection of books and CDs (and even an LP!).

April is National Humor Poetry Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM)! This year, The National Museum of American History, where JAM began, is recognizing the contributions of women in jazz, with special focus on the great Nina Simone. This week's list of reading recommendations collects books on some of the leading figures in jazz who happen to be women, from the ground-breaking Miss Simone, to Mary Lou Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and more. Of course, no jazz reading list would be complete without an appropriate soundtrack, so we have included a list of some excellent jazz on CD, created by (primarily) women artists. In addition to recordings by the above-mentioned musicians, you will find works by Mary Halvorson, Terri Lyne Carrington, Gerri Allen, Alice Coltrane, Esperanza Spaulding, Toshiko Akyoshi, and Oakland's own Carla Bley (on vinyl LP!). Please join

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in April 2021

Wondering what great books are arriving this month? Here are ten of them.

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