May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. This past Friday, PaperTigers Blog had very interesting post on Japanese poetry forms. Macy’s is holding an online Asian-Pacific American History Quiz with the opportunity to win $100. HBO on Demand has packaged Asian themed movies for the month which includes a feature called “East of Main Street: Small Talk”.

Tarie, who blogs at Asia in the heart, continues to post fantastic information. A few months ago, she shared an e-copy of the fantastic book Alternative Alamat, which I really need to finish and review. Lately she’s been posting book award news you really don’t see anywhere else. Her post yesterday:

Congratulations to Sarah Jamila Stevenson! Her novel The Latte Rebellion (Flux Books, 2011) won the bronze medal in the children’s multicultural fiction category of the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Recently on Twitter, an organization called Bridge to Literacy reached out to me. Their website states

Historically, libraries and librarians have actively embraced a role in promoting literacy, and the library profession continues to play an important role in this arena. Yet, there is currently no coordinated national effort among the library community to address the literacy achievement gap that persists for African-American males.

With funding from a 2011 grant awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), The School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the School of Library and Information Science at North Carolina Central University will host Building a Bridge to Literacy for African-American Male Youth: A Call to Action for the Library Community in June, 2012. The outcome for this summit will be the development and dissemination of a white paper that will inform a board range of stakeholders about the magnitude of the crisis, offer recommendations, including a research agenda, about how the library community can actively address the literacy needs of African-American male youth, and encourage collaboration among the library community, the education community, and other local, state, and national agencies to address this gap.

To join the conversation, visit the Summit Blog at and follow us on Twitter @bridge2lit (hashtag #bridge2lit).

The agenda for the three day summit is up. Presenters will include Alfred W. Tatum and Ernest Morrell.

For my Asian-Pacific Heritage Month post, I’d like to share this wonderful video featuring Katie Yamasaki, who I became aware of while reading Zetta Elliott’s recent blog post.


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