While this week’s attacks are still under investigation, the spread of hate speech and violence against AAPI individuals, especially during the pandemic, is undeniable. According to data compiled by California State University’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, hate-fueled attacks against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) rose by 150% in 2020. Indian Prairie Public Library stands in solidarity with AAPI individuals and firmly denounces all forms of racism.

At Indian Prairie, we support equity, diversity, and inclusion in our services and our collections to reflect the range of cultures in our community and beyond. We want our AAPI community to feel safe and supported.

To learn more about Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, we recommend the following titles by AAPI creators:

Ignite Change celebrates diversity and fosters equity and justice, providing a form for the community to learn about relevant social issues. 


For families
Saturday, May 15, 10 a.m.: The Journey from the Heart: Native American Songs & Stories
Tuesday, May 18, 6 p.m.: Chinese Storytime

For teens
Saturday, May 22, 6 p.m.: Teen Movie Night: Minari (2020)

For adults
Monday, June 7, 7 p.m.: Folded Map Project

Reading Challenges

You can access the challenges on BeanstackSign up for an account on Beanstack to get started.

Antiracist Reading Challenge

For teens in grades 7-12. Are you ready to be the change? Are you willing to put in the effort required to work towards antiracism? Read 5 of the 30 books and engage in activity prompts to earn digital badges and your own copy of one of the books listed in the challenge. 

Read Woke

All Ages. “Read Woke is a movement. It is a form of education. It is a call to action. ”According to its founder Cicely Lewis, a Read Woke book must:

  • Challenge a social norm
  • Give voice to the voiceless
  • Provide information about a group that has been disenfranchised
  • Seek to challenge the status quo
  • Have a protagonist from an underrepresented or oppressed group
  • Discover diverse books, log activities, and READ WOKE!

Ignite Change Reading Lists

Here are reading lists to get you started.