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Something for Everyone Today during the Latino Book and Family Festival at MiraCosta College

Over 24 Workshops, 50 Authors, 110 Exhibitors, Family Entertainment and a Variety of Food Vendors

Oceanside CA— One of the largest cultural events of the year comes to MiraCosta College today, August 12, when the Latino Book & Family Festival makes a stop at the Oceanside Campus. The free festival will begin at 10:00 a.m. and is expected to attract more than 5,000 throughout the day until 5:00 p.m.  Guests will enjoy the ample free parking available on campus.

The North San Diego County Latino Book and Family Festival will be the biggest gathering of authors in the region and a perfect back-to-school kickoff for families.

Running hourly, two dozen workshops will be offered in six tracks: Keynote Speakers, Children Books, Non-Fiction Books, Fiction Books, College Can Happen, and Community Topics.  Workshop include: A Dramatic Reading of “How Will I Talk to Abuela/,” So You Want to be a Published Author, Writing Essays for College and Scholarships, and Soluciones de la Migracción.

 In addition to the workshops, family entertainment, 110 exhibitors, a bilingual story time and multiple food vendors, the event offers something for every attendee.  Exhibitors include publishing companies, community service agencies, legal and financial support organizations, librarians from the entire region, religious organizations, educational entities, local media outlets, health and family counseling services, professional service groups, and many more.

While the festival’s goal is to promote literacy, generous community partners, Vista Community Clinic and We Support U, will be on campus to provide free dental screenings and mammograms.  No dental appointments are required.  To determine qualifications for a free mammogram and set an appointment, women will need to call 619.508.8088.

Launched in Los Angeles in 1997 and co-produced by award-winning actor and community activist Edward James Olmos, the Latino Book & Family Festival has become a sought-after and popular event held in key Hispanic markets across the country and is aimed at promoting literacy, culture and education in a welcoming environment for the entire family. The festivals are operated through the nonprofit Latin Literacy Now and dedicated to advancing reading and literature as a way of improving lives throughout the Latino community.

Festival sponsors include the Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego, Wells Fargo Bank, MiraCosta College Foundation, Route 78 Rotary Club, El Latino San Diego, Souplantation, the International Society of Latino Authors, MiraCosta College and more.

The MiraCosta College Oceanside Campus is at 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside, 92056.