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Read Together Diamond Bar 2024

The RTDB Friends’ committee and the Diamond Bar Library planned a month of literary festivities around the 2024 book picks that took place from April 3 to April 27. There are many interesting activities for adults, teens, and children at the Diamond Bar Library to discover here:

The closing event was Saturday, April 27  where we presented awards to the three teen authors of “How a Book Changed My Life Student Essay Contest”. Author Jessica Kim spoke about her life and her inspiration for Stand Up, Yumi Chung!

For more information on the essay contest, go here. 


We had a great turn out!

Author Jessica Kim talks about her upbringing

Jessica talks about her inspiration for “Stand Up Yumi Chung!”

Author Jessica Kim congratulates the essay contest winners Sydney Applebaum (third from the right), Lilia Dahhak (second from the right), and Luz Gaspar-Lopez (far right.)

The essay contest winners with members of Diamond Bar’s AAUW (American Association of University Women.) The essay contest winners are Sydney Applebaum (4th from the left), Lilia Dahhak (6th from the left), and Luz Gaspar-Lopez (5th from the right.)

Go here to read the winning essays.

The RTDB 2024 book selections:

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner was the adult book selection. Zauner’s candid coming-of-age story speaks of growing apart from, and then back together with her Korean identity, and of forging her own path in the wake of devastating loss. With humor and heart, she tells of growing up Asian American, straining to meet her mother’s expectations, moving across the country, and returning home to reckon with grief.

The teen book was Family Style by Thien Pham. This is a moving young adult graphic memoir about a Vietnamese immigrant boy’s search for belonging in America.

Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim is a heartfelt story all about family and self-discovery for ages nine to twelve. As an aspiring comedian, Yumi fears there isn’t enough room on stage for her own experiences and stories to shine—because when all is said and done, comedy is really just another form of storytelling.

Ramen for Everyone by Patricia Tanumihardja is an adorable picture book for young children. Hiro loves ramen. Every Sunday, Hiro’s dad makes delicious, perfect ramen for dinner using a recipe passed down from his dad. Hiro then proceeds to discover that every person’s perfect bowl of ramen is unique.