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In honor of Filipino-American History Month, San Diego Public Library celebrates the rich heritage, history, and contributions of the Filipino diaspora in the U.S. We are celebrating with in-person and virtual programs for all ages and recommended reading lists from our collections.

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 4, 2021 | 4:00- 5:00 p.m.| La Jolla/Riford Library 
Join us for a special dual storytime and craft in celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Filipino-American History Months and to recognize the rich heritage, history, cultures, contributions, achievements, and resilience of our Hispanic and Filipino communities.   
Monday, October 4, 2021 | 4:00- 7:00 p.m.| La Jolla/Riford Library 

Set during the Philippine-American War, 1900. The village Mayor is caught between the occupying US Army and local guerilla forces.  

Wednesday, October 8, 2021 | 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.| La Jolla/Riford Library 
New dates added:  This Exibithas been extended! Visit us Monday October 11 - Thursday, October 14 and Saturday October 16th during regular library hours.
Stop by to experience the masterworks of famous Filipino artists such as Fernando Amorsolo, Juan Luna, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Victorio Edades, Hernando R. Ocampo, and Vicente Manansala. The Seminar Room will transform into a world of artistic and sensory wonder for all ages to absorb at their leisure.  Trust us, you have never seen anything like it before!  
Monday, October 11, 2021 | 3:30- 5:30 p.m.| La Jolla/Riford Library 

A humorous and heartwarming slice-of-life story about family and friends, dealing with the everyday struggles of people trying to bridge two cultures, as well as their attempt to find happiness and security in their new homeland.  

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 | 10:30- 11:00 a.m.| La Jolla/Riford Library 
This bilingual program is designed for preschool children to experience both English and Tagalog in a fun, engaging setting. During each session, we will read stories and sing in both languages. 

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | 6:00- 7:00 p.m.| Virtual event | Register here

Join our panel of prominent LGBTQIA+ Filipinx/a/o scholars, as they discuss their contributions to the work: Q&A: Voices from Queer Asian North America,  the importance and significance of the collection, and how their work shapes their experiences as LGBTQIA+ Filipinx/a/o in the U.S. At the end of the presentation,  the panel will open it up to questions from the audience. Registration required, Zoom information will be sent 2 days before the program. 

Beyond the Playground: Tagalog Storytime in the Park 
Wednesday, October 20 | 10:30-11:15 a.m. | Mira Mesa Community Park North across the street from the Library and the Fire Station 
Join us Beyond the Playground (special Tagalog edition!) at the picnic area of the Park and Rec Center for a fun hour of songs and stories with Ms. Hazel.  Bring chairs or blankets and enjoy this summertime treat.  All ages are welcome. No registration required.
Friday, October 22, 2021 | 2:00- 3:00 p.m.| La Jolla/Riford Library 
The Delano Manongs tells the story of farm labor organizer Larry Itliong and a group of Filipino farm workers who instigated one of the American farm labor movement’s finest hours - The Delano Grape Strike of 1965 that brought about the creation of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW). Island Roots is a historical portrait of young Filipino men who emmigrated to the US during the 1920s and 1930s. They settled in Bainbridge Island, Washington where they worked for the Japanese American strawberry farmers and lived a fascinating seasonable migratory lifestyle.  
Sunday, October 24, 2021 | 7:00- 8:30 p.m.| Virtual Event  (18+) | Register here
With the new Netflix show Trese, the vampire-like aswang is becoming as much of a national symbol of the Philippines as adobo. In celebration of Filipinx American History Month, Mango Bride author Marivi Soliven and local playwright Thelma Virata de Castro will read scary stories from Spooky Mo and Philippine Fright and discuss our rich heritage and folklore.
Monday, October 25, 2021 | 3:30- 5:30 p.m.| La Jolla/Riford Library 
A young man struggles with his desire to study art when his family thinks he's headed for premedical studies. Conflicts between Filipino traditions and expectations vs. personal dreams in the contemporary world erupt at his sister's debut. 

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