May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. With continued social distancing, it's a good thing there are a lot of online resources to learn about and honor the people and cultures of this region. Start with this page, which is a gateway to a lot of resources at the Library of Congress, National Archives, Smithsonian Institution, and other entities under the federal government's umbrella. The County of Los Angeles public library has a lot of things going on, so find out about those events here. I like the Reading Rockets site because it has a lot of very specific "Themed Booklists" for interests and events, such as "Celebrating Asian Pacific Heritage" and, further, there are usually links built in that show where to borrow or buy the books. And right here are books in the County of LA public library's digital books collection that are available for immediate checkout (unless someone else got there first--in that case you can place a hold). Click on the images below to go to that book's catalog record. You do need a library card and PIN to check the books out. If you don't have a card, you can get an Instant Digital Card. And head over to the Weekly Readalouds page to see video readalouds for each grade. The grade levels on these are pretty fluid--anyone could really watch any of them!
Barbara Siegemund-Broka, library resource specialist, maintains this blog to inform Pennekamp students and families about library news and related content. Any opinions expressed here are solely her own.
What's Ms. Barbara reading?
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, by Jenny Odell
His eyes are soft. “Do you know why I became a librarian?”
I wait for him to tell me, because of course I don’t.
“Dewey,” he says. “As in the decimal system.”
I’m not sure if he’s joking or not, but he continues, “I like order. I like organization. The idea of all the information in the world, all organized, everything in its place—I like that idea.”
He clears his throat. “But I’ve been doing this job for a long time. And the thing I’ve learned is that stories aren’t about order and organization. They’re about feelings. And the feelings don’t always make sense. See, stories are like …” He pauses, brow furrowing, then nods, satisfied in finding the right comparison: “Water. Like rain. We can hold them tight, but they always slip through our fingers.”
I try to hide my shock. Joe doesn’t seem like the poetic type.
His caterpillar eyebrows knit together. “That can be scary. But remember that water gives us life. It connects continents. It connects people. And in quiet moments, when the water’s still, sometimes we can see our own reflection.”
--From When You Trap a Tiger, by Tae Heller, winner of the 2021 Newbery Medal