Spotlight on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

asian pacificMay is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

Like most commemorative months, Asian-Pacific Heritage Month originated in a congressional bill. In June 1977, Reps. Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution that called upon the president to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week. The following month, senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Both were passed. On October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the annual celebration. Twelve years later, President George H.W. Bush signed an extension making the week-long celebration into a month-long celebration. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law.

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

The Library offers many resources to learn more about Asian-Pacific culture here are a few resources to get you started.

The school year is wrapping up! So how are your grades?

brainfuse_HN_350x350_practice_testsHere’s what our students using BrainFuse had to say about this fantastic service and their grades!

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Would you recommend this service to a friend? 100% 0% 0%
If you received homework help, did this service help you complete your homework assignment? 88% 6% 6%
For Students: Is this service helping you improve your grades? 88% 0% 12%
For Students: Is HelpNow helping you be more confident about your school work? 100% 0% 0%



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Go Wild! It’s National Parks Week, Let’s Celebrate!

national parksCelebrate National Park Week April 19th – 27th and discover the natural, historical, and cultural treasures in America’s 400+ national parks.

Did You Know…

*   Sequoias, the largest trees in the world, can be as tall as a 26-story building.

*   There are more than 4,900 caves in our national parks.

*   Black bears eat up to 20,000 calories a day.

We’ve attached an interesting infographic<> that showcases fun facts like the ones stated above about our great national parks. Don’t forget to visit your local national park during this week for special events.

Teachers, check out the Library’s Hot Topic – Animals, Birds, Fishes and More!  On the Animals page find a new lesson plan about Bears and the new film Disneynature Bears.


Have you notice something new in Gale databases?

clusterTerm Clusters has been added to all Gale databases. You were introduced to Term Clusters in Artemis Literary Sources. This cool tool is now available in all the Gale databases. To try it go to Articles in Gale’s Power Search.

analyzeOn the results page look on the left side bar under Analyze to click on Term Clusters.

Play Ball!

baseball national archivesAre you just waiting to hear those words? Baseball season is just around the corner so it’s time to checkout the Library’s Hot Topic – Sports – Baseball.

Brush up on your favorite players, read a really cool new eBook called Baseball: The National Pastime and read the latest Baseball news.