Library celebrates Filipino American History Month with festival

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The Yolo County Library will celebrate Filipino American History Month with a festival on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Stephens Davis Branch Library.

The festival is a free family event open to all community members to honor the history, pursuits, accomplishments and legacy of Filipinos in the United States.

The celebration will include children’s activity tables, Filipino children’s authors selling their books, and a panel of speakers discussing the importance of storytelling to preserve Filipino collective memory and to practice collective care. Participants can also enjoy cultural displays and authentic Filipino cuisine from local food trucks.

Activities will take place on the grassy lawn adjacent to the Davis library, 315 E. 14th St., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to the library, October was chosen to commemorate the arrival of the first Filipinos in the continental United States, which occurred on Oct. 18, 1587, when “Luzones Indios” came ashore from the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Esperanza and landed at what is now Morro Bay.

This year’s theme for Filipino American History Month is “Past, Present, and Future” and the Yolo County Library has been highlighting its collections of books, audiobooks and films by Filipino Americans all month.

“While there’s still much room for improvement, the publishing industry has begun to address the exclusion of Filipino writers,” said Collection Development Librarian Jillian Hinchliffe.

As a result of continuing efforts to collect materials celebrating Filipino voices, the Yolo County Library has more resources to offer that allow people to build community, deepen connections and create an environment where all are welcome, the library said in a press release.

Residents can also visit the library’s social media channels in October to find spotlights on books written by Filipino American authors and notable Filipino American residents of Yolo County, including historical information from the Yolo County Archives and Yolo County Historical Collection.

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