Dear Friends,

As a literacy organization doing our part to increase community, diversity, equity, and inclusion in all communities, we stand against the surge of hate and violence toward the AAPI community. We are honored by the request by the #StandUpForAAPI and #StopAAPIHate campaign organizers to place books by AAPI authors in Little Free Libraries as a way to raise awareness and fight racism.

As Chair of the LFL Board of Directors and an Asian American for whom anti-Asian violence is part of my own history, I am proud that many of our Little Free Library stewards have already begun sharing AAPI-authored books in their libraries and posting booklists and resources.

I’m also proud that amplifying the voices of AAPI authors is a key component of our new Read In Color program, which celebrates BIPOC and LGBTQ voices and increases book access in marginalized communities. We know that books are a path to understanding, empathy, community, and solidarity. But only if we read them, share them, understand them. It is part of our mission and our vision for the future.

Thank you,

Anita Merina
Little Free Library National Board Chair

We encourage you to visit our Read in Color recommended reading list to find excellent books by AAPI authors for children, adolescents, and adults. Additional resources:

AsianAmericanDayofAction.com

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