Community children in preschool through sixth grade are welcome this Saturday, May 2 to the 26th Annual Fiesta of Books from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the El Monte Community Center, 3130 Tyler Ave., El Monte.
Sponsored by the El Monte Community Services Department, El Monte City School District and Mountain View School District, the event will feature over 8,000 books available to the children free of charge thanks to various community groups donations.
Each child will receive two free books of their choice and a free dictionary will be given to each family. Several adult level and slightly used books will also be available to handout to parents and teens.
Storybook characters like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter and Mother Goose will also be on hand to greet the young readers.
Volunteers will be on hand reading books and offering arts and crafts activities to the children. The three local libraries, Norwood, El Monte and South El Monte, will provide materials regarding the programs available at each library.
For more information, call Detective Roger Cobian, chairman of the event, at (626) 580-2183, or contact one of the local libraries mentioned above.