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Stayton Public Library
515 N. 1st Avenue
Stayton, Oregon 97383
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(503) 769-3313

Library Hours:

  • Tuesday-Wednesday
    11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday
    11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday
    11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday
    Curbside available by appointment
  • Sunday-Monday


We are closed for all Federal holidays. Exception: half day on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Teen Reads

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Asian and Pacific Island characters play important roles within the pages of these books -- in fantasy, reality, the distant past, or the here and now.

Also, check out our lists for adults and children

Links on book titles connect to the CCRLS catalog so that you can place holds. Enjoy!

Online resources:

https://asianpacificheritage.gov/ - The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success.

https://smithsonianapa.org/ - Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

Books to check out:

We Are Not Free 

Traci Chee 

Growing up together in the community of Japantown, San Francisco, four second-generation Japanese American teens find their bond tested by widespread discrimination and the mass incarcerations of people of Japanese ancestry during World War II.

Patron Saints of Nothing

Randy Ribay

When seventeen-year-old Jay Reguero learns his Filipino cousin and former best friend, Jun, was murdered as part of President Duterte's war on drugs, he flies to the Philippines to learn more.

The Downstairs Girl 

Stacey Lee

1890, Atlanta. By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady's maid for the cruel Caroline Payne, the daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for 'the genteel Southern lady'.

The Astonishing Color of After

Emily X. R. Pan

After her mother's suicide, grief-stricken Leigh Sanders travels to Taiwan to stay with grandparents she never met, determined to find her mother who she believes turned into a bird.

You Bring the Distant Near 

Mitali Perkins

From 1965 through the present, an Indian American family adjusts to life in New York City, alternately fending off and welcoming challenges to their own traditions.

29 Dates

Melissa De la Cruz

Shipped off to a private school in San Francisco, where her traditional South Korean parents can set her up with a future husband to ensure her success, young photographer Ji-Su evaluates her dreams and the attentions of two very different boys.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns 

Julie C. Dao

A dark and mystical East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl's quest to become Empress.

The way you make me feel

Maurene Goo 

Sentenced to a summer working on her father's food truck after taking a joke too far, prankster Korean-American Clara Shin unexpectedly bonds with a straitlaced co-worker and a cute boy on another food truck while reevaluating her relationship with her estranged mother.

A Line in the Dark

Malinda Lo

When Chinese American teenager Jess Wong's best friend Angie falls in love with a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess expects heartbreak. But when everybody's secrets start to be revealed, the stakes quickly elevate from love or loneliness to life or death.

Ms. Marvel Vol. 1, No Normal 

G. Willow Wilson

Kamala Khan, a Pakistani American girl from Jersey City who lives a conservative Muslim lifestyle with her family, suddenly acquires superhuman powers and, despite the pressures of school and home, tries to use her abilities to help her community.

Almost American Girl: an illustrated memoir

Robin Ha

A powerful and moving teen graphic novel memoir about immigration, belonging, and how arts can save a life.

American Born Chinese 

Gene Luen Yang

Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture.

Sachiko: a Nagasaki bomb survivor's story

Caren Barzelay Stelson

Tells the story of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki through the eyes of Sachiko Yasui, who was six when the devastation was wrought, describing her experiences in the aftermath of the attack as well as her long journey to find peace.

Imprisoned: the betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II

Martin W. Sandler 

Drawing from interviews and oral histories, chronicles the history of Japanese American survivors of internment camps.

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