It’s also a time to promote unity.
And on Wednesday an organization in East Harlem took that a step further.
These days, being bilingual can help you secure a job, make you more competitive in the workforce or even broaden your perspective on life. That is the message one group aimed to get across to even the youngest generations at the Festival Del Libro, or “festival of books,” CBSN New York’s Nina Kapur reported.
Dozens of local authors set up shop Wednesday morning in East Harlem’s El Barrio’s Artspace for the seventh annual festival. Families were encouraged to attend, chat with authors, and children even walked out with a free book of their choice.
The goal, however, was to encourage English-speaking Latinx kids to embrace Spanish, and give students from Spanish-speaking families a safe place to speak English, ultimately teaching the importance of being bilingual at any age and, of course, embracing one’s culture.
“We want to encourage kids to be creative,” festival organizer Félix Leo Campos said. “We want children to be proud of their heritages, because a lot of children are of mixed heritage. So we want them to be proud of all of them and take with them every day the culture of each of the heritage they represent.”
In case you missed Wednesday’s event, there will be another at the East Harlem location this Sunday.