The Mercer County Library System (MCLS) is hosting a variety of educational events and offering information throughout the month of May in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

To encourage the uplift of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voices in the county, MCLS has provided a virtual list of resources on the history of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and the cultural significants, The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), and other valuable sources of education on the community. These resources are available to all Mercer County residents, with or without a library card, and for all age ranges and skill levels. Included in this list is massive virtual collection of books on display.

On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., MCLS is holding a virtual program highlighting the The Chopsticks-Fork Principle: A Memoir and Manual by Cathy Bao Bean.

Rooted in the telling of one family’s life, The Chopsticks-Fork Principle: A Memoir and Manual is a story for all families. The author Bean attempts to satisfy disparate cultural norms; she provides us with a unique window into the experience of a bicultural family. From a place of delight and humor, the Chopsticks-Fork Principle encourages people to relate, understand and laugh about how we are all at least bicultural in a way that shatters stereotypes, yet, explains generalizations.

Bean, a daughter, mother, wife, author, immigrant and public scholar, is an alumna and former board member of Claremont Graduate University School Arts and Humanities. She is a teacher who has presented her ideas to audiences at over 450 universities, libraries, prisons and professional associates in the U.S. and China. She is the also the Chair of Society of Values in Higher Education and the Foundation/Director of the SVHE Workshop for College Teachers in China.

This virtual program is Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library, Friends of the Ewing Library, Hightstown Library Association and Friends of the West Windsor Library.

Also available this month is a virtual reading hosted by the Ewing Library Branch. Two of the branch’s youth service employees, “Miss Susan” and “Miss Chetna” will be reading and dramatizing several selections of Asian folktales from the book, Asian Children’s Favorite Stories: A Treasury of Folktales from China, Japan, Korea, India, The Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. Children and families can tune in to watch these stories on MCLS’ Youtube channel.

For more information about The Mercer County Library System’s month long celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, visit: https://mcl.org/resources/literary-criticism-and-readers-advisory/aapi-heritage-month