President’s Message – April 2021

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Karen Butter, FAL Board President

The FAL Board issued a statement strongly condemning the violence against AAPI and other oppressed groups. In addition to the statement, Board members will contribute to Asian Americans Advancing Justice and support the Library’s purchase of materials from and about the AAPI community. Friends @ Home programs have highlighted the outstanding works of AAPI authors including Vanessa Hua, Jung Chang, Deepa Anaparra, and the art of Ruth Asawa.

Personally, I enjoy hearing from and reading new authors featured on Friends @ Home. I just finished Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line and highly recommend it. It’s the story of children disappearing in a neighborhood in Delhi told by a child. It’s a powerful and compelling story. You can find the books featured on Friends @ Home in the Alameda Free Library or purchase a copy from Books Inc. We have an exciting line-up of authors and artists for the next few months, including a surprise author you won’t want to miss. Please plan to join us!

With more than 3,300 registrations for our events since we started Friends @ Home in May 2020, we are becoming known. A few weeks ago we received an email from a journalist for News Break who planned a story on FAL. As she explains in the story she lives in Alameda and was looking for books for her father who is a voracious reader. She discovered our Used Online Bookstore and began purchasing used books. She wanted to know more and wrote a great article about FAL. Check it out!