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Photo of the book, Banyan Moon by Thao Thai, in front of a banner that reads, "May Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month."

La Crescenta Book Club discusses Banyan Moon by Thao Thai

In-Person Program

2024-05-28 18:30:00 2024-05-28 19:45:00 America/Los_Angeles La Crescenta Book Club discusses Banyan Moon by Thao Thai Join us as we discuss Banyan Moon by Thao Thai. La Crescenta Library Book Club Meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 6:30 - 7:45 pm. If you have any questions please contact Marta Wiggins at mwiggins@library.lacounty.gov. La Crescenta Library -

Tuesday, May 28
6:30pm - 7:45pm

Add to Calendar 2024-05-28 18:30:00 2024-05-28 19:45:00 America/Los_Angeles La Crescenta Book Club discusses Banyan Moon by Thao Thai Join us as we discuss Banyan Moon by Thao Thai. La Crescenta Library Book Club Meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 6:30 - 7:45 pm. If you have any questions please contact Marta Wiggins at mwiggins@library.lacounty.gov. La Crescenta Library -

Join us as we discuss Banyan Moon by Thao Thai. La Crescenta Library Book Club Meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 6:30 - 7:45 pm. If you have any questions please contact Marta Wiggins at mwiggins@library.lacounty.gov.

Join us as we discuss Banyan Moon by Thao Thai in honor of Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Banyan Moon is a stunning debut novel by Thao Thai that alternates the stories of 3 generations of Vietnamese American women. Minh the matriarch of the family flees Vietnam with her two children during the height of the Vietnam War as a refugee. Husbandless and trying to make ends meet, her two children Huang and Phuoc grow up as latchkey children trying with varying degrees of success to assimilate into American culture.  Ann, Huang's only daughter is able to capture her grandmother's affection in a way that Huang was never able to thus fracturing their relationship.  Minh has died and left her sprawling mansion The Banyan House to Huang and Ann who now need to decide how they will move forward without Minh.  Banyan Moon is an excellent book about the complicated relationships that families have and how we can hurt the people we love most.  Our histories can shape us in ways that we never expected and those that we have raised up on a pedestal may not be able to remain so elevated once we realize that they are human, too.  Which secrets do we keep because their knowledge may widen the chasm and which ones do we reveal to heal the rifts between the ones we love?  A 5 star read and perhaps best book I have read this year.  --Marta Wiggins, La Crescenta Community Library Manager.  I hope you will join us as we discuss Banyan Moon on Tuesday, May 28, 2024 in the Meeting Room at La Crescenta Library.  Ask for your copy of Banyan Moon at the Customer Service desk.  

La Crescenta Library

Phone: 818.248.5313

Hours
Mon, Jun 24 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue, Jun 25 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed, Jun 26 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Thu, Jun 27 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Fri, Jun 28 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Jun 29 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sun, Jun 30 1:00PM to 5:00PM

About the branch

La Crescenta Library first opened in November 1914 as the 78th branch of the Los Angeles County Public Library. The collection was first housed in a local church building, and subsequently moved several times; once into a school house, later into a local store front, and into the Sears building in 1926.

By 1932, the library had settled into a building at 3930 La Crescenta Avenue. As the population of La Crescenta grew, so to did the demand for a new building. The library found an appropriate site on the corner of Foothill Blvd and La Crescenta Ave, and opened in March of 1963.

By 2005 the population had once again outgrown the library's space, so the La Crescenta community sought a new building. Thanks to funding from Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, and Congressman David Dreier, the County of Los Angeles was able to construct an updated facility in its current location.

The building broke ground in 2007, and reopened in January 2010. The new 14,000 square foot facility, built in the style of the arts and crafts movement, features modern technology and meeting space open to the public.

Upcoming events

Tue, Jun 25, 11:00am - 12:00pm
The La Crescenta Library Virtual Book Club meets weekly on Tuesdays at 11 am on Zoom. Please contact Marta Wiggins at mwiggins@library.lacounty.gov for your Zoom invite to attend the book club. For Adults.

Wed, Jun 26, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room
Let’s get ready for school! Enjoy books, songs, rhymes, and movement while learning school readiness skills and having fun. For ages 2 - 5 with their parent or caregiver.

Wed, Jun 26, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Meeting Room
Visit the library and enjoy a summer afternoon filled with 4th of July festivities. Learn about the significance of Independence Day and create an artwork to celebrate this important holiday!  For ages 5 - 12 with a parent or caregiver.
This event is full

Mon, Jul 01, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room
Tie-Dye shirts no longer need costly kits to make!  Learn the power of solvents when alcohol dissolves permanent markers to create unique, one-of-a-kind tie dye designs! For teens ages 12 - 18.

Tue, Jul 02, 11:00am - 12:00pm
The La Crescenta Library Virtual Book Club meets weekly on Tuesdays at 11am on Zoom. Please contact Marta Wiggins at mwiggins@library.lacounty.gov for your Zoom invite to attend the book club. For adults.

Tue, Jul 02, 11:00am - 5:00pm
Meeting Room
Make a difference in the lives of others by donating blood. Join the American Red Cross in a good deed. The blood drive will be held in the Library Community room.
Register

Wed, Jul 03, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room
Celebrate the Summer Discovery Program with this special sensory storytime. Explore the five senses with your little one and help them make their own sensory cube to take home.  For ages 2 - 5 with their parent or caregiver.

Mon, Jul 08, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Meeting Room
Meet once a month for Continuing Students to participate in the method developed by Dr. James Birren, which aids in reflection and sharing experiences from our journey.

Tue, Jul 09, 11:00am - 12:00pm
The La Crescenta Library Virtual Book Club meets weekly on Tuesdays at 11am on Zoom. Please contact Marta Wiggins at mwiggins@library.lacounty.gov for your Zoom invite to attend the book club. For adults.

Tue, Jul 09, 6:15pm - 7:30pm
Meeting Room
Make your own bird feeder, create a fly through restaurant for our avian neighbors, and learn the different methods of bird identification with library books and smartphone apps. For adults.

Mon, Jul 15, 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Meeting Room
Join us for a community reading program of exceptional scope – one book for all of Los Angeles County. This special book club will feature discussion about L.A. Weather by María Amparo Escandón. For adults.

Tue, Jul 16, 11:00am - 12:00pm
The La Crescenta Library Virtual Book Club meets weekly on Tuesdays at 11am on Zoom. Please contact Marta Wiggins at mwiggins@library.lacounty.gov for your Zoom invite to attend the book club. For adults.

Tue, Jul 16, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room
Build your own catapult and take on your friends to see who has the best aim, the best distance, and who can take down the castle's defenses!   Is that a dragon come to rain fire?  Come and break the castles defenses! For teens and tweens, 12 - 18.

Wed, Jul 17, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Meeting Room
Join us for another exciting Summer Discovery Program event. Discover how wind power can be converted to electricity and design your own mini wind turbine. For ages 10 - 18.

Mon, Jul 22, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
LA County Department of Public Health is partnering with LA County Library to provide FREE School Readiness Vaccines for Kids and COVID-19 Vaccines for all ages. Health insurance is not required but will be requested if insured.
Register

Mon, Jul 22, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Meeting Room
Paint an L.A. Weather Landscape inspired by our One Book, One County book, L.A. Weather by María Amparo Escandón. For adults.

Tue, Jul 23, 11:00am - 12:00pm
The La Crescenta Library Virtual Book Club meets weekly on Tuesdays at 11am on Zoom. Please contact Marta Wiggins at mwiggins@library.lacounty.gov for your Zoom invite to attend the book club. For adults.

Wed, Jul 24, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room
Let’s get ready for school! Enjoy books, songs, rhymes, and movement while learning school readiness skills and having fun. For ages 2 - 5 with their parent or caregiver.

Wed, Jul 24, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Meeting Room
Are you up for this Summer Discovery Program challenge? Think like an engineer, explore the design process, and create a marble maze using straws, tape, and a paper plate. For ages 5 – 12 with adult caregiver.