PAL / The Pilipinx American Library
PAL / The Pilipinx American Library is a mobile, non-circulating library that celebrates print histories and collects narratives by writers, poets, artists, and scholars across the diaspora. PAL centers the Filipinx experience through the reading and sharing of texts, and other printed works and ephemera, in public as pop-up libraries, performances, and readings.
The inaugural pop-up library was presented in Other Worlds as part of No Longer Empty's Jameco Exchange exhibition, which brought books for reading and trading in public spaces in Jamaica, Queens (2016). PAL has also presented books at Jackson Heights' Diversity Plaza and participated in the BABZ Fair (2017), hosting a tribute reading with guest poets and artists in response to the first Filipino American novel America Is in the Heart (1946) by Carlos Bulosan. Recent pop-ups, readings, or selections have been hosted by Tongue Tide exhibition at Flux Factory in Queens, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Centers' Asian American Literature Festival in DC, the Wendy's Subway Reading Room at Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Nous Tous Gallery in Los Angeles's Chinatown, as part of the exhibition No Longer Negotiable. Based in Queens, NY and the San Francisco Bay Area, PAL programs are organized by co-founders PJ Gubatina Policarpio and Emmy Catedral, in collaboration with host spaces, curators, writers, and artists.
Inquirer - Pilipinx American Library pops up at SF Asian Art Museum
Balitang America - Pilipinx American Library: Telling the stories of Filipinos in the Bay Area
NBC Asian America - Bi-Coastal Pop-up Library Aims to Introduce Readers to Filipino American Literature
Open City AAWW - A Filipino Pop-Up Library in Queens