Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

During May, gain new perspectives on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) history and its relevance for us today. You can also browse our reading lists.

Past Events

Learn to Make Chinese Dumplings

Saturday, May 27, 2023, 1:30 pm

Learn about Chinese dumplings and how to make two different types of dumplings in this hands-on workshop.

Designed for families with elementary-age children. Children age 8 and up are allowed to attend without a caregiver if they are able to follow directions. Registration required. Limited to 24 participants.

Friday Film: Yellow Rose

Friday, May 26, 2023, 1:30 pm

Rose is an undocumented Filipina teen living in Texas, and her dream is to become a country music singer.

When her mother is picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Rose has to find a different path.

2020 -- 94 minutes -- PG-13 -- Musical drama

Find Yellow Rose in the library catalog.

Watch the trailer for Yellow Rose.

Explore Beginner South Asian Regional Dances

Thursday, May 25, 2023, 6:00 pm

Mandala South Asian Performing Arts guides beginners through various regional dances in this workshop.

Critically acclaimed Mandala Arts is a MacArthur Award-winning ensemble that has presented performances and educational programs throughout the Chicagoland area. The ensemble is dedicated to sharing cultural exchanges and experiences that bring the beauty of Indian dance and music to your doorstep.

Registration required. Limited to 15 participants.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Trivia

Tuesday, May 23, 2023, 4:30 pm

Test your knowledge of facts on Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage in an engaging trivia game.

Drop-in event for children ages 8-11. 

Talking Books Discussion Group: Clark and Division

Wednesday, May 17, 2023, 1:30 pm

Naomi Hirahara's mystery traces the life of a Japanese-American family during World War II.

Chicago, 1944. Twenty-year-old Aki Ito and her parents have been released from the Manzanar camp where they were incarcerated, and they have relocated to Chicago to be reunited with Aki's older sister, Rose. But Rose has died in a train accident, and Aki must uncover Rose's secrets.

This is a hybrid event with the option to participate on Zoom. Limited to 20 in-person participants. If you are interested in participating on Zoom, indicate your interest in the registration form and we will email the Zoom event link after registration has closed.

Registration closes at 10 am the day of the event. If you have questions about this event after registration has closed, please email the events team or call the library at 847-673-7774.

Find Clark and Division in the library catalog

Southeast Asian Cuisine: Cambodia

Tuesday, May 16, 2023, 6:30 pm

Learn how to make some staple Cambodian dishes in this hands-on cooking workshop. Local chef Melinda Chum leads an evening of food, culture, and conversation.

The chef will be preparing a dish that may include shrimp and peanuts.

K-Pop and Kimbap

Wednesday, May 10, 2023, 6:00 pm

Learn how to make delicious Korean kimbap rolls and sing along with your friends doing karaoke with your favorite tunes.

Prizes and snacks provided. For grades 6-12.