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Hmong Culture Celebration

May 2 | 2:00-4:00 pm

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Hmong migration to the United States, following the Vietnam War. The first Hmong families who came to Appleton were refugees who arrived with very little or nothing; including a homeland. Today, Appleton is home to just over 3,100 Hmong.

Over the years the Hmong have progressed to becoming business owners, politicians, lawyers, doctors and teachers, among other professions.

To commemorate this special anniversary, we are celebrating Hmong culture and history during a special event Saturday, May 2 beginning at 2:00 pm. Our goal is to promote knowledge of the Hmong community’s culture, history and arts to people of all backgrounds. This event will include activities and entertainment related to the Hmong culture.

An exhibit will showcase contributions the Hmong have made in the Fox Cities. There will be displays of art, artifacts and photography. Noah Vang, a researcher and writer from Minnesota, will speak about the Hmong’s immigration to the United States. Local students and children from our Appleton Ready to Read program will perform songs, dance and play musical instruments. There will also be a fashion show with traditional clothing and delicious Hmong treats.

To learn more about the Hmong culture, visit our Hmong Resource Center, located on our first floor. The Hmong Resource Center provides access to materials in the Hmong language and related to Hmong culture. There are books for all ages, music CDs and movies, for entertainment and knowledge.

For more information about the Hmong Culture Celebration, please contact Yee Vue, Hmong Family Outreach Specialist at (920) 419-4268.

Mini Comic-Con

April 25 | 1:30-4:30 pm

As part of this year's Fox Cities Book Festival, we're hosting a Mini Comic-Con! Stop in for this fun event featuring speakers, prizes, do-it-yourself comics and more. Cosplay dress is encouraged. Below is a listing of events within the Mini Comic-Con.

John Jackson Miller | 1:30 pm
John will speak about creating new adventures and scenarios for novels like Star Wars and Star Trek.

Zach Wilson | 3:00 pm
Zach, owner of Power House Comics in Appleton, Will provide a brief history of comics.

Digital Media Lab | 3:30 pm
Stop in and try your hand at working with digital comics with APL staff member Dana.

Brian Defferding | 3:45 pm
Brian will speak about the different eras of self-publishing comics.

2015 Fox Cities Book Festival

The 2015 Fox Cities Book Festival is almost upon us! This year’s festival will run from April 20 through April 26, and will feature over 60 authors and more than 100 events.

Here at APL, we have over 15 special events for you; including a special pre-festival event with Linda Sue Park and a mixer with this year's Fox Cities Reads author Christina Baker Kline. View all the events at APL by clicking on the photo to the left or by opening the PDF below.

Be sure to keep checking the Fox Cities Book Festival website and Facebook page for special announcements and updates. You can also receive updates from the Fox Cities Book Festival Committee via email by signing up for e-alerts.