By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– The John M. Pfau Library at Cal State San Bernardino – along with Edward James Olmos, Latino Literacy Now and the Santos Manuel Student Union – will present the 6th annual Inland Empire Latino Book and Family Festival on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The event – held in CSUSB’s Santos Manuel Student Union – will feature author presentations, book signings and readings, musical and dance performances, art and essay contests, as well as an array of interactive activities for children of all ages.
Program highlights include an education-themed puppet show, a lecture on healthy lifestyle choices, and a workshop on how to write and publish a children’s book, plus performances by Bàllet Folklorico Cultural and Mariachi Juvenil Corona De Angeles, and more.
Both food and commercial vendors will complement the program, adding to the cultural experience.
“The Inland Empire Latino Book and Family Festival is a wonderful event that brings together members of both the campus and broader community, while also promoting literacy and celebrating Latino literary achievements,” said Cesar Caballero, dean of the John M. Pfau Library, who, along with his wife, Sue Caballero, is one of the festival’s sponsors.
“This year, we have an array of activities, presentations, and entertainment,” he said. “We’ll also give away several thousand books to children and adults. We invite everyone in the Inland region and beyond to join us in this annual celebration of reading and the written word.”
Additional sponsors include Inland Empire Health Plan, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, Rialto Unified School District, Libreria del Pueblo Inc., Office of Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes (District 47), and the Mexican Consulate. CSUSB’s colleges of Education, Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, together with the university’s Jack Brown H. College of Business and Public Administration, are also sponsors of the festival.
The event is free and open to the public; complimentary parking will be available in Lot D.