All libraries remain closed to the public until further notice. Library To Go service is available at selected libraries.

Statement in Solidarity With API Communities

E-mail

A Message from City Librarian John F. Szabo

The Los Angeles Public Library condemns the continuing acts of violence against members of our Asian and Pacific Islander communities across the country. We stand in solidarity with the survivors, victims, and their families during this challenging moment, when fear accompanies even the most basic daily experiences. We all deserve to live without the threat of violence and to feel safe in our neighborhoods.

The recent assaults come on the heels of over 2,800 acts of documented anti-Asian hate incidents between March to December 2020, with chilling consequences for our community members who fear violence whenever they leave their homes. There are many additional cases that are misclassified, ignored, or unreported.

Mayor Garcetti and Councilmember Ridley-Thomas have issued statements condemning Asian and Pacific Islander hate crimes, and the City’s new Civil + Human Rights Equity Department is deeply invested in this work. The Los Angeles City Council has also introduced motions to address violence and harassment against Asians and Pacific Islanders.

Our library will be encouraging dialogue within our local communities about persistent negative stereotypes about Asians and Pacific Islanders and how to dismantle them; gathering and providing resources on interventions and responses that provide culturally and linguistically sensitive services for survivors, victims, and their families. At present, we encourage our community to refer to the Asian Pacific American Librarians’ Association’s 2021 COVID-19 anti-xenophobia and anti-racist information resources and COVID-19 Anti-Asian Racism Resources for K-12.

We stand in solidarity with our Asian and Pacific Islander communities. We urge our library community to stand with us by publicly condemning anti-API racism through visible actions, which we encourage you to share through APALA’s Stand with APALA Against Anti-AAPI Racism. We call on our partner organizations and allies to join forces with us in battling discrimination, xenophobia, and white supremacy. To our Asian and Pacific Islander communities, please know that we see you and we stand with you. We want you to feel safe and supported in your city and at the library.

In solidarity,

John Szabo signature

John F. Szabo

Asian Pacific Islander Social Justice

Anti-Asian Racism Literature for Children and Young Adults

  • American Born Chinese

    American Born Chinese

    Yang, Gene Luen
  • Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal

    Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal

    Wilson, G. Willow
  • A different mirror for young people : a history of multicultural America

    A different mirror for young people : a history of multicultural America

    Stefoff, Rebecca, 1951-
  • A Different Pond

    A Different Pond

    Phi, Bao
  • A Map Into the World

    A Map Into the World

    Yang, Kao Kalia
  • A young people's history of the United States

    A young people's history of the United States

    Stefoff, Rebecca, 1951-
  • An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People

    An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People

    Mendoza, Jean
  • Cilla Lee-Jenkins : future author extraordinaire

    Cilla Lee-Jenkins : future author extraordinaire

    Tan, Susan
  • Cilla Lee-Jenkins : the epic story

    Cilla Lee-Jenkins : the epic story

    Tan, Susan
  • Cilla Lee-Jenkins : this book is a classic

    Cilla Lee-Jenkins : this book is a classic

    Tan, Susan
  • Dragon road

    Dragon road

    Yep, Laurence, 1948-
  • Dragons of silk

    Dragons of silk

    Yep, Laurence, 1948-
  • Dragonwings

    Dragonwings

    Yep, Laurence, 1948-
  • Fred Korematsu speaks up

    Fred Korematsu speaks up

    Atkins, Laura
  • Front Desk

    Front Desk

    Kelly Yang

    Mia Tang helps her parents run an Anaheim motel that becomes a haven for struggling immigrants.

  • Green Lantern : legacy

    Green Lantern : legacy

    Lê, Minh, 1979-
  • Journey to Topaz : a story of the Japanese-American evacuation

    Journey to Topaz : a story of the Japanese-American evacuation

    Uchida, Yoshiko.
  • Juna's jar

    Juna's jar

    Bahk, Jane.
  • Shining star : the Anna May Wong story

    Shining star : the Anna May Wong story

    Yoo, Paula.
  • Sixteen years in sixteen seconds : the Sammy Lee story

    Sixteen years in sixteen seconds : the Sammy Lee story

    Yoo, Paula.
  • Superman smashes the klan

    Superman smashes the klan

    Yang, Gene Luen.
  • They Called Us Enemy

    They Called Us Enemy

    George Takei
  • Unidentified suburban object

    Unidentified suburban object

    Jung, Mike

Top