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Monthly Archives: September 2015

New Book Festival at Chino Hills Branch Library Oct. 3

Join us for a festival full of fun new books at the Chino Hills Branch Library and be the first to check out thousands of newly purchased children’s books.

The new book festival is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at the James S. Thalman Chino Hills Branch Library, 14020 City Center Drive in Chino Hills.

The festival will feature:

  • Special Appearances by Cinderella, Prince Charming
  • As well as Emmet, Wyldstyle, Lego Batman and
  • Lord Business from The Lego Movie
  • See The Batmobile
  • Live DJ
  • Free Crafts, Face Painting, Balloon Artist and Magician
  • Come Dressed As Your Favorite Character

For Every 15 Items You Check Out, Receive a Ticket for:

  • Opportunity Drawings to Win Prizes
  • Jumbo Block Play Area
  • Live Animal Exhibit from Wild Wonders
  • Free Popcorn
  • First 500 People Will Receive A Free Bag

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Talk, read and sing to your children

PrintTalk. Read. Sing. ® Fest! is coming to Hesperia Branch Library on Saturday, Oct. 3 and Highland Branch Library  on Saturday, Nov. 7!

Enjoy FREE fun for infants, toddlers and preschoolers ages 5 and under as we champion the three little action words that make a BIG impact on your child’s learning.

In partnership with San Bernardino County Library, we’ll have special performances by Twinkle Time & Friends, Rafael & Katia’s Magic Show and guitarist Dan Crow. Take photos with Potter the Otter and other story characters. Participate in kid-friendly activities and don’t forget our book giveaway for children ages 5 and under!

Parents, don’t miss the special talks on the importance of Talk. Read. Sing. ® with your children before the performances take place.

Make it a play date! Join us on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hesperia Branch Library, 9650 7th Ave in Hesperia or Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Highland Branch Library, 7863 Central Ave in Highland for all the early learning fun! For more information, call First 5 San Bernardino at (909) 386-7706 or visit First 5 San Bernardino on Facebook. Talk. Read. Sing. ® is a registered trademark of First 5 California.

Countywide arts conference set for Sept. 26

aclogoArts professionals from throughout San Bernardino County and surrounding areas will convene on Saturday, Sept. 26 in Rancho Cucamonga for a full day of networking, presentations, and workshops about creative placemaking as well as cultural planning and public art.

Creative placemaking is a growing field of practice that leverages the arts to revitalize communities while also addressing broader social and economic issues. The focus will be on developing creative placemaking strategies which artists and organizations can implement in their own communities, sparking creative entrepreneurship, engaging new audiences and strengthening individual municipalities and the county as a whole. Opening remarks will be delivered by San Bernardino County Supervisors Josie Gonzales, who was instrumental in the founding of Arts Connection, and Chairman of the Board, Supervisor James Ramos.

Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson will be the keynote speaker. She is an Arts and Urban Policy Specialist with expertise in comprehensive community revitalization, systems change, dynamics of race and ethnicity and the roles of the arts and culture in communities. She is Senior Advisor to the Kresge Foundation and was appointed in 2013 by President Obama to the National Council on the Arts. She also serves on the advisory board of Lambent Foundation and on the boards of directors of Alliance for California Traditional Arts and LA Commons.

“The arts and culture play a critical role in the economic recovery of the Inland Empire. This conference is a great opportunity to bring ideas and partners together,” said Kathryn Ervin, Arts Connection’s Board Chair and Professor of Theatre Arts at Cal State San Bernardino. “Artists and organizations will be discussing their projects alongside civic leaders, urban planners and private industry. Creative placemaking calls upon these diverse sectors to come together and engage communities through the arts, sparking change and innovation in their wake while bringing programming to communities that are often underserved.”

The conference is free to all members of Arts Connection. One-year membership starts at $25 for individuals ($10 for students). Pre-registration for the conference is highly encouraged though you may register at the door. Registration is available on the Arts Connection website, at or by phone at 909-537-5809.  For more information visit

Family Reading Rally at Cal State San Bernardino on Sept. 19

Round-Up_FLYER_v8The Family Reading Rally, co-hosted by San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and Cal State University San Bernardino’s College of Education, will be held on Sept. 19 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This year at the Family Reading Rally, the Countywide Vision will kick-off Vision2Read, a campaign to promote literacy programs and services. As part of the campaign, 5,000 free books will be distributed to the first 5,000 students who attend, through the generous support of The Molina Foundation.

Also, free books will be distributed to schools and districts across the county.

In addition to the free books, there will be interactive workshops for families, as well as fun and hands-on activities at the Family Reading Rally.

The free event is for families with students in preschool through high school. Minors at the event must be accompanied by an adult. There is limited free bus transportation, but a spaces need to be reserved by Sept. 10. Reservations can be made online at .

For more information, call 909.386.2630.

Board endorses Vision2Read literacy campaign

Vision2Read_Logo_FINALVision2Read, a year-long campaign designed to help improve literacy throughout San Bernardino County by connecting people to literacy programs – whether they need help or are able to help – was endorsed by the Board of Supervisors today as part of its recognition of National Literacy Month.

About 60 percent of San Bernardino County third graders are not proficient in reading, scoring lower than their peers in neighboring Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange counties on the 2013 California Standards Test. Reading at grade level by the third grade is one of the greatest predictors of children’s success in school, their likelihood of going to college, and their future earning potential, according to a 2010 study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

“Vision2Read is an opportunity for all sectors and members of the San Bernardino County community to engage and take action to support literacy and the success of every child from cradle to career,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos. “Literacy has a profound impact on several elements of the Vision we have for our county, including jobs and the economy, public safety, education, and wellness.”

The Vision2Read campaign kicks off with a Saturday, Sept. 19 Family Reading Rally held by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools at Cal State University San Bernardino. More than 5,000 children and their families are expected to attend the Reading Rally from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to participate in interactive workshops, learn about the importance of reading and obtain free books.

Throughout the year, will serve as a reading and literacy portal to include literacy facts, resources and services, event information and volunteer opportunities in partnership with the United Ways of San Bernardino County and its 2-1-1 San Bernardino County and HandsOn Inland Empire programs. The web site will go live next week.

All of San Bernardino County is encouraged to get involved in Vision2Read to help raise the bar for literacy in our community and advance our efforts to achieve the Countywide Vision, adopted in June 2011 by the Board of Supervisors and the San Bernardino Associated Governments Board of Directors, which includes the County Board members and a mayor or council member from each of the county’s 24 cities and towns.

Vision2Read helps achieve both regional goals of the Countywide Vision – supporting the success of every child from cradle to career and establishing the county as a model in the state where local government, regulatory agencies and communities are truly business-friendly.

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