The Friends of the Chinatown Library is a voluntary organization to help the Chinatown Branch Library of the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) system. We provide volunteers and funds to support activities and to purchase materials. Our mission is threefold: (1) Develop community awareness of public use of library materials and services. (2) Raise funds for capital improvement, additional technology, services, reading materials and equipment. (3) Promote education, recreation and cultural programs for the immediate and extended community.
Our board meetings are normally held on the third Wednesday of each month from September through June. We also host special events every other month. For more information, click Calendar.
What is new with the Friends of the Chinatown Library for 2016? CHSSC Honors The FRIENDS For Community Work
The Chinese Historical Society of Southern California (CHSSC) honored the Friends of the Chinatown Library with a Golden Spike Award at a luncheon on August 27, 2016. CHSSC recognized 5 organizations for their service to the Chinatown Community. They included: Cal State Northridge Asian Studies, Chinatown Service Center, Friends of the Chinatown Library, Los Angeles Chinatown Firecracker Run Committee, and UCLA Asian American Service Center. In his remarks, Gordon Hom, President of CHSSC, said “Their efforts to educate and empower the Chinese American community are exemplary, and we are honored to recognize them as ‘Stewards of Our History’ with a Golden Spike Award.” The Golden Spike refers to the railroad tracks laid by Chinese workers who were not recognized for their contributions to American History.
The Friends were recognized for 40 years of dedicated library and education service to the Chinatown community. The Chinatown Branch Library has the highest circulation in the Los Angeles Library Northeast Region. The Friends scholarship program has helped high school seniors with awards for the past 30 years and will continue to award students in 2017. It was a great honor for Dr. William Chun-Hoon, former principal and a long time Board member, to accept this award on behalf of the Friends. "Dr. Ruby Ling Louie, another long-time Board member," accepted the award with Dr. Chun-Hoon on behalf of the Friends.
What is new with the Friends of the Chinatown Library for 2015? The Annual Scholarship Award Dinner Honored the Legacy of Dolores Wong
The legacy of Dolores Wong, one of the original founders of the Chinatown Library and Friends, was honored at the 30th Annual Scholarship Award Dinner held on June 5, 2015, click Events to read tributes to her life and work. The Friends will miss Dolores greatly, but we will continue the trail she blazed to support the Chinatown Library.
The Friends of the Chinatown Library awarded scholarships to 20 college-bound seniors who are Chinatown Branch Library users and Los Angeles Public Library users for their first year of college. The Awards banquet was held on June 5, 2015 in Chinatown, Los Angeles. The Friends have awarded these scholarships for 30 years. The Friends also presented 9 awards to graduates from Evans Community Adult School. In the last 30 years, the Friends of the Chinatown Library awarded scholarships to 288 high school students, 85 adult school students, and 6 graduate school students. Patty Kao, Friends Board member, was the entertaining Mistress of Ceremonies. Speakers included John Szabo, City Librarian and Ken Brecher of the Library Foundation of LA. William Chun-Hoon, Marshall Wong, and Ruby Ling Louie delivered tributes to honor the legacy of Dolores Wong. The Awards Presentation Speakers were Barbara June, Yvonne Nishio, Nahyeli Lopez, Susan Dickson, and William Huang. Mike Fong from LA Community College closed the Friends program. The Friends would like to thank all the participants and committee members who made this scholarship award dinner such a successful event! To learn more about this year's scholarship winners, click onto Scholarships.