Friends of the Asian Library

By Doreen Lew

The Friends of the Asian Library (FAL) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1981 to foster awareness of the diversity in our Asian community by providing cultural education, access to books, newspapers, magazines, CDs, DVDs, computers, and other sources of information.

The Oakland Asian Library provides materials in 8 different Asian languages: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Vietnamese, Laotian, Cambodian, and Thai. FAL has several book sales throughout the year to raise funds for the library. We sell books, CDs, DVDs, and more in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English. The DVD collections are popular and sell quickly. Our book fundraisers are very well received. Many people have asked us to have book sales more frequently.

FAL also sponsors cultural events, such as author book signings, cultural demonstrations, receptions, workshops, etc. They are educational, entertaining, and enjoyed by children, teens, adults, and seniors. The library is visited by all ages and ethnicities to access books, music, reference material, etc., in various languages. The Asian branch has a children’s reading area, teen area, computer work area, and a separate computer room for classes. They are supposed to receive new computers and iPADS this year.

Last year, we lost a long-time and valuable FAL Board Member, Past President Bea Wong. We continue to make her proud with our efforts to provide assistance to this library despite the tough economic times. We could use your help in supporting the Oakland Asian Library, a valuable resource for our diverse Asian community. Please donate and/or join FAL. Books, DVDs, and other donations can be dropped off at the Oakland Asian Library, 388 Ninth Street, Oakland, during business hours.

FAL Board of Directors: (From left) Marjorie Li, Doreen Lew, Audrey Huie, Helen Chou, Milton Chow, Sandra Wong, and Chris Nishida    Missing: George Wong