Last week, we took a trip to the Bay Area and met staff at two remarkable libraries: the San Francisco Public Library Chinatown Branch and the Oakland Public Library Asian Branch. San Francisco and Oakland have large Asian American communities, each with a thriving, centrally located library branch. In the months ahead, we plan to draw on both of these institutions for fresh ideas about how to operate a temporary library program in Boston’s Chinatown.

Oakland Public Library Asian Branch

The Chinatown Storefront Library will be a space where ideas can be auditioned—advocacy ideas that can help secure a permanent branch, and program ideas that might end up as part of that branch.

Do you have an idea? Send us an email.

/Sam Davol