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On Wednesday, April 4th, the Garcia Center for the Arts hosted the Poets and Writers -Inland Empire Literary Roundtable meeting.  With over 25 poets, writers, and artists in attendace, including 4 from Joshua Tree and a writer all the way from Barstow, the room was an inspiring space to be for the evening.

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Library Innovation Lab 2018: Exploring New Ways of Engaging Immigrant Communities through Public Humanities Programming

Library Innovation Lab (LIL) aims to build the capacity of California public libraries to provide responsive and relevant public humanities programming through a practice-based professional development experience. Ten programming librarians from all parts of the state participated in the initial year of the program; each designed, implemented, and assessed an innovative project to engage immigrants in their community (see descriptions here).

There is a free information webinar this coming week on March 2, 2018.

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There are some great things happening at the new Baker Family Learning Center in Muscoy. The BFLC in Muscoy is a center for community engagement and change. It opened its doors May 2013. The land, a donation from Neal T. Baker, a native of Muscoy and founder of the Inland Empire fast food chain Baker’s Drive-Thru, who wished to contribute to the education and betterment of his hometown. As part of the San Bernardino County Library System, the BFLC is one of the few city services offered to this unincorporated area; and one that is especially needed.

The BFLC touts a meeting room, computer lab, library, and a preschool. In conjunction with the County’s Headstart program, the BFLC also provides parent engagement classes through early learning programs and nutrition classes. The library is a beautiful and inviting facility with burgeoning programs. One such program, with over 300 children enrolled, is the Summer Reading Program, which thanks to the Baker family, offers reading incentives as small as yo-yos and as big as Disneyland. The computer classes offered to adults (offered in Spanish as well), have also really taken off.

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The Library Summer Program for Kids at the John M. Pfau Library at CSUSB is back!!

We hope you can join us this year for "Cultures of the World" on July 8-10, 2014 from 8:00am-2pm in PL-4005.

The events will include numerous cultural activities, reading, writing, and dance.

Thank you to all our amazing donors! Domino's Pizza is providing lunch on the first day and local restaurants are providing gift certificates for a free kid's meal.

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Library Days 2014 at A.K. Smiley Library in Redlands

Saturday, June 21

Schedule at a Glance:

10:15 to 11:00am Redlands Genealogy Resources in the Heritage Room

10:00am to 2:00pm Friends of the Library sale, Smiley Park

11:00am to 1:00pm Children’s Story time in the Young Readers’ Room

11:00am to 2:00pm Art and music in Smiley Park

11:00am to 2:00pm Share your World War I Ancestor in the Heritage Room

12:00 to 12:15pm “Harriet Tubman” presentation in the Lincoln Memorial Shrine

1:00 to 2:00pm “The Fan Four” Beatles tribute Band in the Contemporary Club

Thanks to a generous grant from Esri, once again you can come to Smiley Library, learn something new, have some food, and enjoy free entertainment! On Saturday, June 21st Smiley Library will host the 3rd annual Library Days Celebration. This year’s event explores the themes of art, music, and history.

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The Garcia Center for the Arts
536 W. 11th Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410

Tel: 909.381.1900

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5500 University Parkway
Visual Arts Building, Rm. 308
San Bernardino, CA 92407

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