Tour of the Innovative Zappos headquarters and the Downtown Project hosted by APALA

The 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas is right around the corner, and we hope to see many of you there. Please join us for an APALA fundraising event with a tour of the fabulous Zappos http://www.zapposinsights.com/ corporate headquarters and the community-focused Downtown Project http://downtownproject.com/, both owned by Asian-American leader Tony Hsieh. Your donation supports APALA’s scholarships and awards including the ALA Emerging Leaders Sponsorship and the Sheila Suen Lai Research Grant, plus events like our upcoming 35th Anniversary Celebration in 2015!

 

We will meet at Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. and return at 2:30 p.m​. Transportation will be provided, and we hope you can come and network with other librarians over lunch downtown!

 

To register, please click on the link below.
http://www.apalaweb.org/resources/registration/
Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel
3555 South Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Event Fees:

Early Bird Registration for Members (ends June 7, 2014)   $ 25.00
Early Bird Registration for Non-Members (ends June 7, 2014)   $ 30.00
Regular Registration for Members (June 8 – June 25)   $ 30.00
Registration for Non-Members (June 8 – June 25)   $ 35.00
Onsite/Late Registration (after June 25)   $ 40.00

Celebrate the best in Asian/Pacific American literature at the 2014 APALA Literature Awards Banquet

The annual awards program will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Saturday June 28, 2014 at KJ’s Dim Sum & Seafood Restaurant in conjunction with the 2014 ALA Annual Conference. Several winning authors have confirmed in attending the banquet.

Cynthia Kadohata. The Thing About Luck. Children’s Literature Winner
Ji-li Jiang. Red Kite, Blue Kite. Picture Book Winner
Marissa Moss. Barbed Wire Baseball, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu. Picture Book Honor
Leza Lowitz and Shogo Oketani. Jet Black and the Ninja Wind. Young Adult Literature
Adult Non-Fiction Winner: Cindy I-Fen Cheng. Citizens of Asian America: Democracy and Race during the Cold War

Following the formal presentation and dinner buffet, authors will be available for book signing.

To register, please click on the link below.
http://www.apalaweb.org/resources/registration/

Restaurant information

KJ’s Dim Sum & Seafood Restaurant http://www.lasvegas.com/listing/kj-dim-sum–seafood-chinese-
restaurant/32544/

3700 W. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, 89103

Event Fees:

Early Bird Registration for Members (ends June 7, 2014) $ 35.00
Early Bird Registration for Non-Members (ends June 7, 2014) $ 40.00
Regular Registration for Members (June 8 – June 26) $ 40.00
Registration for Non-Members (June 8 – June 26) $ 45.00
Onsite/Late Registration (after June 26) $ 50.00

More prizes and giveaways at the APALA Social Dinner!

Hi everyone,

As if a free book from Janet Wong wasn’t enough, our speakers will be raffling off prizes and also giving out awesome giveaways! Prizes will include 2 hardback copies of Warrior (the second book in Ellen Oh’s Prophecy series), 2 paperback copies of Prophecy (the first book in Ellen’s series), a copy of The School for Good and Evil, and much more! Check out these awesome book trailers for Prophecy and The School for Good and Evil:

Prophecy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a_lwjhZ2m0
The School for Good and Evil: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqnU3ZqvL1k

So you really don’t want to miss the APALA Social Dinner! Register now at http://www.apalaweb.org/resources/registration/ if you haven’t already!

Thanks,
Eugenia

Free Copies of Janet Wong’s Book for APALA MidWinter Social Dinner Attendees!

Exciting news: acclaimed author and APALA member Janet Wong is generously donating 30 copies of her latest book, “This Next New Year” (Chinese bilingual edition), which will be made available to attendees of APALA’s MidWinter Social Dinner on January 25th!

Cover of "This Next New Year" by Janet Wong

“This Next New Year” by Janet Wong

APALA and CALA members Minjie Chen, Kai Li, and Paul Lai worked on the Chinese translation when Janet asked for volunteers last year and now you can see the fruits of our colleagues’ work! (For a description of the book, see its Amazon listing for more details.)

Not only will you hear from up-and-coming authors Ellen Oh and Soman Chainani and have the opportunity to pick up signed copies of their books, but you could also receive a free copy of Janet Wong’s new book just in time for the Lunar New Year! They won’t be available anywhere else at ALA and supplies are limited, so hurry and register to secure your copy!

Reminder: Early bird registration ends today, Friday, January 17th.

 

Early Bird Registration for APALA MidWinter Tour and Social Dinner Ends Soon

Dear APALA Members and Friends!

Early bird registration for APALA’s MidWinter tour and social dinner ends on Friday, January 17th! It’s not too late to still take advantage of the reduced rate!

On Friday, January 24th, we’ll be visiting the Asian Arts Initiative, where we’ll hear about SAADA from Samip Mallick and Philadelphia’s Asian American community (in particular, their Chinatown) from Amanda Bergson-Shilcock of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians and Mary Yee of Asian Americans United. We will be serving lunch catered from Philadelphia Chutney Company. Learn more at http://www.apalaweb.org/apala-tour-and-talk/

On Saturday, January 25th, we’ll be hosting authors Ellen Oh (The Prophecy Series, originally The Dragon King Chronicles), Soman Chainani (New York Times bestseller The School of Good and Evil) and publisher Phoebe Yeh of Crown Books for Young Readers. (Phoebe is allegedly the first Asian American woman in publishing to have her own imprint.) We’ll be meeting at Karma Restaurant & Bar at 5:30 for dinner with our guests. Learn more at http://www.apalaweb.org/meet-ellen-oh-soman-chainani-and-phoebe-yeh-at-the-apala-social-dinner/

Please register at http://www.apalaweb.org/resources/registration/ We will have great food and company and a healthy dose of Asian American activism and solidarity. Also, please encourage people to sign up and spread the word!

APALA Tour and Talk

APALA Tour and Talk

Friday, January 24th

12:00-3:00

 

Please join us at the Asian Arts Initiative to learn more about Philadelphia’s Asian American community! We will be hearing from Samip Mallick of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA), Amanda Bergson-Shilcock of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, Mary Yee of Asian Americans United, and Gayle Isa of the Asian Arts Initiative. (Thanks to the Asian Arts Initiative and SAADA for generously hosting this event!)

 

Lunch will be served (catered by Philadelphia Chutney Company).

Please register at http://www.apalaweb.org/resources/registration/

 

Asian Arts Initiative

1219 Vine St

Philadelphia, PA 19107

http://asianartsinitiative.org/

Directions from Loews Hotel: https://goo.gl/maps/BQH4i

 

12:00 -1:00 –  Lunch and welcome from Gayle Isa

1:00 -1:30 – Talk by Samip Mallick

1:30-2:00 – Talk by Amanda Bergson-Shilcock

2:00 -2:30 – Talk by Mary Yee

2:30-3:00 – Explore AAI

 

Gayle Isa, founder and executive director, has been an active participant in Philadelphia’s arts and culture community for 20 years, beginning as an intern and evolving as a staff member at the Painted Bride Art Center. She has been a Douglas Redd Fellow focused on arts and community development, and has served on the boards of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and the National Performance Network. She currently is a board member of the national Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists and serves on the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs and the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council. In 2011, she became the first Asian American appointed to serve on the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Gayle was once an aspiring taiko (drum) player and is now focusing her creative energy on learning to be a new mom!

Samip Mallick is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA). Mallick has a M.S. in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Illinois, a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan College of Engineering and has done graduate work in Ancient Indian History at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. He was formerly the Director of the Ranganathan Center for Digital Information (RCDI) at the University of Chicago Library and previously also worked for the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). http://www.saadigitalarchive.org/

Amanda Bergson-Shilcock is the director of outreach and program evaluation at the nonprofit Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, an economic development organization serving immigrants. She coordinates data collection and analysis, enabling the Welcoming Center to use hard evidence to support its decision making. Amanda’s experience with public libraries stretches back to 1990, when she began as a teenage page at Ludington Public Library in Bryn Mawr. More than two decades later, she continues to be employed at Ludington as a weekend reference assistant. Most recently, Amanda designed and oversaw the Welcoming Center’s pioneering study of immigrant technology usage, Digital Diaspora. http://www.welcomingcenter.org/


Mary Yee, Parent and Community Involvement Consultant. Mary has been involved in planning and advocacy for Philadelphia neighborhoods for over 35 years. While working with Asian Americans United, she became involved with the Education Law Center (ELC) in 1985, as a representative of the plaintiff’s side in an advisory group to develop policies and programs to remediate a civil rights suit (YS v. School District of Philadelphia) filed by ELC against the public school system. The suit on behalf of limited English proficient Southeast Asian refugee students alleged unequal access to educational programs and services. Her work in educational advocacy has included a 12-year stint at the School District of Philadelphia working on ESOL/Bilingual program issues, compliance and equity, language access, and family engagement. More recently, she worked at Foundations, Inc. providing technical assistance to out-of-school time programs. She is pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Reading/Writing/Literacy.

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