Grant Winners

2015

    • Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library in Tennessee
      • The Hui Hawai`i O Tenesi Hawaiian Civic Club is partnering with the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library to hold a Talk Story program in May during Asian-Pacific Heritage Month. Club volunteers will present a story time, introduce lei making and lauhala weaving, share Hawaiian treats, demonstrate and teach hula and the Hawaiian version of “Simon Says,” “Kumu Hula Says.” The grant will also add a substantial amount of Hawaiian books to the library’s collection.
    • Kenton County Public Library in Kentucky
      • KCPL has held a Filipino Independence Day celebration for the last six years. Funding from Talk Story will allow them to continue this tradition of sharing Filipino culture through bilingual stories, folk dance performances, folk songs, games and crafts. KCPL is partnering with the Filipino-American Association of Northern Kentucky, the Filipino American Association of Southern Ohio (FASO) and United Filipino-Americans Mabuhay Society. Each family in attendance will be given a bilingual book in English and Tagalog.
    • Native Village of Eyak in Alaska
      • This unique program will facilitate the inclusion of elders in the community to share parenting and breastfeeding experiences with the local breastfeeding support group that meets at the library. The elders will also demonstrate traditional food preparation and artwork. Three visits are planned for the group and the elders to interact. Grant money will also be used to purchase books for the tribal library.
    • Oceanside Public Library in California
      • OPL will hold four programs over the course of seven months, with the first story time program in May for Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Families will attend a Japanese-English storytime and exchange letters and photos with children in Fuji-city, Japan — Oceanside’s sister city. Over the summer OPL will provide two performances with local Okinawan dancers and an elder who will share stories of his youth in Okinawa. Attendees will have the opportunity to try Okinawan foods. An additional story time will be held in November. OPL is partnering with the Okinawa Association of America (OAA) to select materials for circulation and story time.
    • Pacific Islands University in Guam
      • PIU will hold a Talk Story event in September 2015 with two local elementary schools, both with substantial APA student populations. The program will consist of readings of books about Micronesians, an art project and refreshments. Two additional Talk Story reading events are scheduled to be held at the elementary schools with each school library receiving donations of one-to-two culturally relevant children’s books. The University will also increase its collections of books on APA populations, specifically Micronesians, for PIU education students and library employees.
    • Palms-Rancho Park Library in California
      • Palms-Rancho Park Library, a branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, will be holding a Children’s Chinese Day program in June 2015, hosted by a WorldSpeak teacher. Children will make moon cakes, a Chinese dragon mask and have a parade. Funds will be primarily used to support growth of the Mandarin collection, to purchase bilingual books and audio-visual materials to support native Chinese speakers and Chinese language learners.
    • Red Lake Nation College in Minnesota
      • To coincide with the opening of a new academic/community library building, Red Lake Nation College will host two storytelling sessions that will revolve around elders sharing stories with the children based on the oral tradition. The children will then have the opportunity to read stories to the elders using books purchased with Talk Story funds. Recordings will be made to create and preserve the oral history of traditional Ojibwe stories. A group activity will also take place that will engage the children in creating a permanent display for the library in order to establish the library as a community gathering place.
    • San Juan College in New Mexico
      • San Juan College operates a childcare facility that provides hands-on learning for both children and SJC students. During the month of November, San Juan College will host a series of workshops beginning with a storytime of Eric Carle’s Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you See? which will be translated into Navajo. In the second workshop, students will work on creating their own story in Navajo and English using regional animals and characters which they will self publish. Finally, the students will perform the story live for the college.
    • Sonoma County Library in California
      • Sonoma County Library plans to further develop its partnership with the Graton Rancheria by celebrating and expanding its offerings for the tribal community. There will be a half-day cultural event including storytelling, dancing, crafts and food. Sonoma County Library also plans to expand the circulating materials of the library with the purchase of materials focused on local tribes. There will be a month-long display in support of the event.
    • USD 497 Native American Student Services for Lawrence Public Schools in Kansas
      • Three programs are planned for October 2015 where middle and high school students will read stories to the elementary and preschool children. The books used for the program, and purchased with Talk Story funds, will be left with the elementary school to keep in their classrooms and libraries. The middle and high school students will be active participants in the marketing of the Talk Story programs by helping create bookmarks, posters and displays.

2014

      • Asian Pacific American Historical Society in Atlanta, Georgia
        • Asian Pacific American Historical Society in Atlanta, Georgia — in partnership with Chamblee Public Library, a branch of the Dekalb County Public Library in Georgia, APAHS will put on a Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Children’s Program including a dance performance, shadow puppet performance, and hands-on crafts.
      • Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts & Culture (FilAm ARTS)  in Los Angeles, California
        • Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts & Culture (FilAm ARTS) in Los Angeles, California — will support a community story-telling gathering called “Saysay Stories of Historic Filipinotown” at the Echo Park Library in October 2014 in celebration of Filipino American History month.
      • Ira H. Hayes Memorial Library, Gila River Indian Community  in Sacaton, Arizona
        • Ira H. Hayes Memorial Library, Gila River Indian Community in Sacaton, Arizona — will use the funds to offer two events focusing on the history of Gila River Indian Community cultural traditions expressed through traditional music of the Pima and Maricopa.
      • Gwinnett County Public Library  in Lawrenceville, Georgia
        • Gwinnett County Public Library in Lawrenceville, Georgia — in partnership with the advocacy Center for Pan Asian Community Services and the Asian/Pacific-American Historical Society, Gwinnett County Public Library will purchase materials for and present Storytime Go-Go kits focusing on APA culture and themes and offer events focusing on performance art from the Young Audiences of Atlanta.
      • Hercules Library in Hercules, California
        • Hercules Library in Hercules, California — will use the funds to support their Philippine Independence Day celebration for the entire community. Raq Filipina and her band will perform a blend of world music informed by traditional songs of the Philippines.
      • Jackson County Public Library in Sylva, North Carolina
        • Jackson County Public Library in Sylva, North Carolina — will purchase Cherokee language books published by the nearby New Kituwah Academy. Two programs will be held in June and July; a Cherokee bilingual story-time and celebration of culture and a Craft and Dance Demonstration in conjunction with the Oconaluftee Indian Village.
      • Monterey County Free Libraries in Marina, California
        • Monterey County Free Libraries in Marina, California — held a successful “Hands Across the Pacific” program in May featuring local residents from Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Guam, and Hawai’i as presenters of stories, songs, and information from their country or culture.
      • North Park Branch Library in San Diego, California
        • North Park Branch Library in San Diego, California — will have weekly programs during the month of September that highlight the history and culture of the Kumeyaay Nation..
      • Powell Museum  in Page, Arizona
        • Powell Museum in Page, Arizona — will partner with the Page Public Library to provide programming which shares the continuing history, process and beauty of Navajo weaving.
      • St. George Branch Library  in Utah
        • St. George Branch Library in Utah — will offer three programs; a story-time held on the nearby Shivwits Reservation, a bilingual story-time featuring Southern Paiute Tribal Elder Elenor Tom, and an arts and crafts program.

2013

      • Council of Asian Pacific Americans of Detroit, Michigan
        • The Council of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA), in partnership with the Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan and the Ferndale Public Library in Ferndale, Michigan, will provide a two-part, multi-generational program entitled: “Talk Story in Asian Cultures: Sharing Experiences and Culture Through the Spoken Word” during Spring/Summer 2013. Storyteller Ming Louie will use Asian folk tales to demonstrate the power and beauty of storytelling to transmit culture and history from generation to generation. Audience members will then be invited to attend an interactive workshop where Ming Louie will teach them the basics of storytelling.
      • Cranston Public Library of Cranston, Rhode Island
        • Cranston Public Library, in partnership with the Cranston Family Center, a program of Cranston Public Schools, will provide a three-part family literacy program targeting Southeast Asian students and their families using culturally appropriate literature. The literacy program will include outreach and a storytime while also building their collection of Asian and Asian-American literature.
      • Division of Indian Work of Minneapolis, Minnesota
        • The Division of Indian Work will hold a cultural teachings day with elders from different tribes, including Ojibwe and Dakota, who will share traditional teachings with participants of the Division of Indian Work Youth Leadership Development Programs (YLDP). The YLDP provides in-school and afterschool academic, recreational, and cultural activities for the American Indian students in grades K-12 in the Minneapolis Public School system in Minnesota.
      • Friends for the Richfield Public Library of Richfield, Utah
        • The Friends for the Richfield Public Library will be conducting 6 programs over the summer to help families understand and promote their culture. These programs will focus on the Navajo and Paiute tribes as well as running as traditional exercise and taking care of the land and environment. The library also plans to host a mini-powwow with audience participation and traditional food preparation.
      • Friends of Asian Library of Oakland, California
        • The Friends of Asian Library advocate for the Asian Library which is part of the Oakland Public Library System and is located in the heart of Oakland Chinatown. In May 2013, the library will celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a puppet performance of Mae Lin & The Magic Brush. In October, for the National Storytelling Festival, the library will invite Brenda Wong Aoki to share stories with the community.
      • Hercules Library of Contra Costa County Library System, Hercules, California
        • Hercules Library is home to a very diverse community with a large Filipino population. The library plans to hire the Kapwa Dance Ensemble to perform traditional renditions of Southern Philippines music and dance which will highlight the community’s rich cultural resources. This event will occur in conjunction with Philippine Independence day and the Summer Reading Program. Program partners include Filipina City Councilwoman Myrna DeVera, the City of Hercules, the Hercules Chamber of Commerce, the Hercules Lions Club, and the Hercules Rotary Club.
      • Mille Lacs Indian Museum of Onamia, Minnesota
        • The Mille Lacs Indian Museum will conduct Storybook Hour and Kid’s Crafts that focus on American Indian contributions and innovations. These will take place year-round in the Museum’s Children’s and Research library which will be relocating to an on-site house refurbished as a children’s discovery zone.
      • Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center Library of Minneapolis, Minnesota
        • The Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center Library will use grant funds to expand library services to include an 8 week baby story-time session that focuses on the relationship between the child and caregiver. The Library will also purchase board books with an American Indian focus and toys for families to use during storytime.
      • Santa Clara Branch Library of Washington County Library System, St. George, Utah
        • The Santa Clara Branch Library has a growing number of Polynesian families moving into the St. George area. The library plans to invite author and illustrator Jacqueline Slade to present her storytime program ‘What’s In a Name?” which is a family-friendly introduction to Samoan culture. The library will also invite local resident, published poet, and essayist Rubina Rivers and her troupe to perform a dramatic presentation of the stories of the Hawaiian demi-god Maui, celebrating the folklore of Hawaii and Oceania.
      • Trinidad Rancheria Library of Trinidad, California on the on the Cher- Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria
        • Trinidad Rancheria Library will offer four traditional programs in the summer focusing on cultural and traditional understanding within the community. Topics include: Brush dance, salmon and sea life, Native foods, and jewelry making. The program will be open to tribal and community members with the goal of helping to break down barriers between tribe and community by fostering cultural understanding.

2012

      • Baranov Museum of Kodiak, Alaska
        • The Baranov Museum creates opportunities for the public to explore the history of Kodiak Island and neighboring communities while also maintaining a local history lending library.  The Baranov Museum, in partnership with the A. Holems Johnson Memorial Public Library and the Filipino American Association of Kodiak, will collaboratively lead an event called “Kodiak Filipino Family Tree.”  High school students studying the history of Filipinos on Kodiak will host the event at the public library for community members to come in with their family photographs to scan, and document their family trees to be stored for public access in the Baranov Museum archives.
      • Carson Regional Library of County of Los Angeles Public Library system, Carson, California
        • Carson Regional Library is situated in a community with a large Filipino population.  The library plans to enhance the collection and develop an artist workshop with a local artist that will discuss and teach the history and art of Baybayin, which is a Filipino script before Spanish colonization.  The event will be held in October, which is Filipino American History month.
      • Jamestown S’klallam Tribal Library of Washington
        • Jamestown S’klallam Tribal Library is a small, non-reservation based tribe on the isolated rural Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.  The library will host a 2-hour indoor/outdoor event with a S’klallam Storyteller sharing stories based on the ancestral stories of the S’klallam people.  Tribal members will also learn how to prepare salmon and oysters using traditional methods and will create Story Poles to write their own stories and/or read stories already in the library.
      • Mzenegen Tribal Library of the Match-E-B-Nash-She-Wish Band of the Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan
        • Mzenegen Tribal Library of the Match-E-B-Nash-She-Wish Band of the Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan is a newly created library/archive which was organized in 2011.  The library plans to host a program on the wild rice harvet which has historical significance to the tribe.  The program will include music, storytelling, reading, hands-on rice processing activities, a book-making activity, and a meal featuring wild rice.
      • White Mesa Library of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Towaoc, Colorado
        • The White Mesa Library is a service offered by the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe headquartered in Towaoc, CO to the 335 reservatino residents of Whtie Mesa, Utah.  The library plans a special program to educate the children and families of the White Mesa Utah, Ute Mountain Ute community about the traditional Ute Bear Dance Ceremonial Drum.  The program will also include a craft workshop on making miniature traditional drum style key chains.

2011

      • Greenwich Branch of Gloucester County Library System, Gibbstown, New Jersey
        • Greenwich Branch serves a small town of 5,000 people with a growing Pacific Islander population.  The library will be highlighting Samoan culture through classes for the community on South Pacific Island dance, Samoan tattoo art, and Polynesian musical instruments.
      • White Mesa Library of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Towaoc, Colorado
        • The White Mesa Library is a service offered by the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe headquartered in Towaoc, CO to the 335 reservatino residents of Whtie Mesa, Utah.  The library plans a special day for children and their parents to learn about their Ute cultural heritage.  Two classes are planned for the day in which a story from the tribe’s past will be told by a local expert followed by a craft activity that has cultural significance.  The day will also include an open house to intruduce the library’s new automated system and to issue library cards.

2010

These libraries were pilot programs.

    • Carson Regional Library of County of Los Angeles Public Library System, Carson, California
    • Jemez Pueblo Community Library of Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico
    • Laguna Public Library of Laguna, New Mexico
    • Loren Corey Eiseley Branch Library of Lincoln City Libraries, Lincoln, Nebraska
    • Marlborough Public Library of Marlborough, Massachusetts
    • Queens Library of Flushing, New York
    • Tuzzy Consortium Library of Barrow, Alaska