Third Annual Latino Book & Family Festival at CSUSB

More than 50 award-winning authors will be at the festival to promote literacy and education in our communities, May 2

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: April 27, 2015

Third Annual Latino Book & Family Festival at CSUSB

To advocate the importance of youth literacy and education, Cal State San Bernardino and Latino Literacy Now, founded by Edward James Olmos, have joined with Kiwanis of Greater San Bernardino and Liberia Del Pueblo to bring back the third annual Latino Book & Family Festival to the campus on Saturday, May 2.

The event will be held at the university's Santos Manuel Student Union from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and is open to the public with free admission. Parking is free in Lot D only. Family First Events and Catering will be selling food and refreshments on site.

More than 50 award-winning authors will be at the festival to promote literacy and education in our communities. Proceeds will be used to fund scholarships and youth programs.

This year's book festival will feature author Judith Valles, long-time educator and former mayor of San Bernardino. Her new book, "Como Dec?¡a Mi Mam?í: As My Mother Would Say," is a collection of sayings her mother would use to explain a specific incident or situation. Valles will read a selection from her book and there will be a book signing afterward.

A wide array of activities are planned for families, including arts and crafts for children and educational workshops for adults, as well as entertainment consisting of Aztec dancers, Ballet Folcl??rico dance performances and book readings from various authors. "Conjunto Esperado" will be back once again to perform a series of Norte??o music.

Entering its third year at CSUSB, the Latino Book & Family Festival has provided an energizing environment that allows book authors and members of the community to come together to learn from one another about the importance of achieving higher literacy standards.

Community members of all ages and families are encouraged to participate and learn about new opportunities to stress the importance of reading to youth while expanding one's personal collection of best-seller books.
Organizers are inviting local school districts to participate and to share the news of this educational event throughout the community to motivate parents to bring their families and enjoy a day of literacy.
Young students will also have the opportunity to enter an essay and art contest that is sponsored by Cesar Caballero, dean of the CSUSB Pfau Library and his wife, Sue.

For more information, visit the Latino Book & Family Festival Facebook page at

Local and regional authors interested in reading or participating may contact Jim Sullivan, executive director, Latino Literacy Now, at or (858) 603-8680.

For inquiries about sponsorship or vendor tables, contact Iwona Contreras or (909) 537-3447.

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