MONTEREY PARK — In observance of Women’s History Month, the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library, 318 S. Ramona Ave. in Monterey Park, is celebrating the contributions of women and their roles in history and society.

Miné Okubo (1912-2001)
Miné Okubo (1912-2001)

On Sunday, March 20, at 2 p.m. in the Friends Room, guest speaker Hillary Jenks, director of the Center of Social Justice in Riverside (, will share the history of Miné Okubo (1912-2001), an artist, writer and social activist best known for her book “Citizen 13660,” which represented the voices of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans uprooted from the West Coast and incarcerated during World War II.

Envisioned as a cultural and educational resource, the Center for Social Justice offers a unique window into the social landscape of the United States during the mid- to late 20th century. The Okubo Collection and interactive displays chronicle social rights and civil liberty experiences within the context of art, humanities, and social studies.

A historical drama on the struggle for women’s right to vote in Great Britain will be screened at the library on Wednesday, March 16, at 2 p.m. The film, rated PG-13, is 106 minutes long and stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep.

For more information, call (626) 307-1368 or follow on Twitter @MontereyParkLib. Library hours are Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.; Mondays and Tuesdays from 12 to 9 p.m.; Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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