What the Library Means to Me

by Thelma Virata de Castro, Playwright

I can barely articulate what the library means to me. It’s a holy place. A place of learning, democracy, and freedom. It’s a place of possibility, hope, and dreams. And help. It’s a place to get questions answered and a place to ask questions. It’s a place for all of us.

Participants in the playwriting workshop at Scripps Miramar Ranch library

I am so grateful to the librarians and staff at the Skyline Hills, Central, and Scripps Miramar branches of the San Diego Public Library for including “The Fire in Me” in their programming.

We have compiled a list of books about issues and subjects associated with “The Fire in Me”. Below are some suggested titles. For the complete list, click here.

Access Inc. Immigration Attorney Anne Bautista was so moved by Marivi Soliven’s The Mango Bride that she now includes it in her law school class curriculum.

I met Kelly Sundberg at the A Room of Her Own (AROHO) retreat in 2015. Her memoir came out in 2018. It’s a gripping and honest account of the everyday nature of domestic violence.

Filipinos in San Diego was written by Judy Patacsil, Rudy Guevarra Jr., and Felix Tuyay, and the Filipino American National Historical Society, San Diego Chapter.

Barangay to Broadway by Walter Ang chronicles the history of Filipino American Theater.

Happy reading!

1 thought on “What the Library Means to Me

  1. The library is truly an amazing place and this post captured that magic. I’m very much looking forward to seeing The Fire in Me!


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