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Asian Read-In

May 05, 2009 by Sheila

Join us Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 12:00 at the Asian Community & Cultural Center, 2615 O Street, for an Asian Read-Aloud event. Community members will read excerpts from works by or about individuals of Asian descent or about Asian culture. If you would like to meet people in the community who care about Asian heritage, this is the event for you!

Lincoln City Libraries and the Asian Community and Cultural Center are hosting this event in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.  The first Japanese immigrants arrived in the U.S. in May 1843. A May celebration of APAH was first proclaimed in 1978 by President Carter and in 1990, President George H.W. Bush expanded the recognition to include entire month of May.


For additional information, contact Sheila Jacobs at 441-8546.


Take the time this month to learn more about Asian Pacific American history and heritage by visiting the sites below!

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February events

January 30, 2009 by Sheila


February is African American History month, which has been celebrated in the United States
since it began in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson.  Following are two sites that are
cholk-full of Black History month information:


Clear your calendars and plan to spend an enjoyable and informational noon hour at the
African American Read-In scheduled at the Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior,
on Thursday, February 5, starting at Noon. 
This local event is hosted by
Lincoln City Libraries, Clyde Malone Community Center and UNL-Libraries.  Members of the
community have been invited to select an excerpt from a work that is by or about
an African American, which will then be read aloud to the audience.  At this time,
the schedule of readers includes: 
     Rev. Wayne Reynolds
     Leola Bullock
     Lela Knox Shanks
     City of Lincoln Fire Chief Niles Ford
     Pete Ferguson
     Te Anna Brown
     Larry Williams
     Pippi VanSlooten.

The African American Read-In is a project of the Black Caucus of the
National Council of Teachers of English and its goal is to make literacy a
significant part of Black History Month.  This year marks its 20th anniversary nationally;
locally, this is the Library's 4th year!  Additional information is located at:

What African American history months have you attended?  What did you learn?  If held again,
would you recommend to friends/family?

Enjoy African American music from the first half of the 20th century. 
With your library card in hand, go to the Library's home page.

From the menu on the left, select Research Tools, Resource Resources, African American Song. 

When prompted, enter your 14 digit library card barcode number and select away.  Enjoy!



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Fusion Lunch and Learn series

January 14, 2009 by Sheila

Lincoln is home for numerous immigrants and refugees. 

From January through April 2009, the Lunch and Learn Series will
include speakers from around the world who will address
an assortment of topics.  Following is additional information
about the series:

Join us for a series of FREE cultural education lunch and learns. 
This series will host a panel from some of the larger refugee
populations in Lincoln.  They will talk a little about a lot of
different topics to spark your interest and leave you wanting to
learn more.

January 23, African
February 27, Middle Eastern
March 27, Asian
April 24, Eastern Europe

All programs will be at the downtown Lincoln Community Foundation
building, 215 Centennial Mall South, 5th floor.  11:30a.m.-1:00p.m.

For more information contact the Fusion Project Coordinator at 477-3446

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Tet Festival

January 14, 2009 by Sheila

Tet festivities             Tet Festival

             Asian Community

                2615 O St.

             Friday, January 30th, 2009



Chúc Mu

ng Năm Mo'i!*

Come join us at our annual

Têt Festival

sample traditional food,

Tet festival food

learn to make egg rolls


enjoy entertainment!



Happy New Year in Vietnamese
and Cultural Center

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Chinese New Year

January 05, 2009 by Sheila

Cultural activities for January 2009 include the observance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and the start of the Chinese New Year.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day:
is a national holiday honoring the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The holiday falls on the third Monday in January.  In 2009, the day will be celebrated on January 19th.  In recent years, the holiday has also included the King Day of Service, for those who wish to honor Dr. King with service to their community.  To learn more about how to get involved in this year’s King Day of Service, and the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., visit the following websites:

Locally, activities are being planned for the 14th annual Dr. King Youth rally.  For more information contact or call 402-441-4664.

A sampling of books by or about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. available at Lincoln City Libraries include:
      The Trumpet of Conscience by Martin Luther King, Jr.
      Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? by Martin Luther King, Jr.
      Why We Can’t Wait by Martin Luther King, Jr.
      The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. selected by Coretta Scott King
      The Martin Luther King, Jr. Companion: quotations from the speeches, essays and  books   of Martin Luther King, Jr.  selected by Coretta Scott King 
      A Testament of Hope: the essential writings of Martin Luther King, Jr. edited by James M. Washington
     The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. edited by Clayborne Carson
     What Manner of Man: A Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Lerone Bennett
     Let the Trumpet Sound: the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Stephen B. Oates
     We Shall Overcome: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Freedom Struggle edited by  Peter J. Albert and Ronald Hoffman
     Parting The Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63 by Taylor Branch
     Bearing The Cross: Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference by David J. Garrow
     Of Kennedys and Kings: Making Sense of the Sixties by Harris Wofford
     My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr.


Chinese New Year:
The Year of the Ox/Chinese New Year is a 15 day celebration that begins January 26, 2009. 

There is a wealth of information available about this event on the Internet.  The following websites provide good background and detail on the celebration:

Also, staff at Lincoln City Libraries is available to help locate items about the Chinese New Year.  Most items in the library collection are located in the youth section, j394.26.








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