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Hastings on Hudson School District launches MULTICULTURAL BOOK FESTIVAL!

Hastings on Hudson School District launches MULTICULTURAL BOOK FESTIVAL!
June 1, 2019,  10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Farragut Middle School Gym, 27 Farragut Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706


“What do you imagine when you hear, “windows”, “mirrors”, or “ glass sliding doors”? A house? Or even a school? But what if I told you, I imagine a book?” - Jenice Mateo-Toledo, Director of Diversity, Hastings on Hudson Schools

In conjunction with the now three-year-old Multicultural Book Fair held in the high school’s Lloyd Library, THE FESTIVAL, led by co-chairs Jenice Mateo-Toledo and Marie-Louise Miller, celebrates diversity and inclusion through a day packed with visiting authors & illustrators, music, high school student ambassadors, crafts, food, and, of course, books!

“We felt the book fair needed to extend its hand to the community at large---so we created a festival!  We want folks to feel welcome to browse books they may have never come across before and fall in love. We hope kids come in and talk to the incredible authors/ illustrators offering their time and love of literature to the community,” said Miller, artist and event organizer.

The book fair, and, festival features books written by a diverse range of authors, featuring characters from an equally wide range of ethnicities, nationalities, and cultural backgrounds. There are books written for every reader, from pre-K thru Adult. Parents can browse while children are engaged in a reading corner or making crafts.

Award winning authors and illustrators will be on hand throughout the day to sign and share their love for books!  In addition, high school student ambassadors will be present to share titles of books that shaped their lives.

On the street, 27 Farragut Avenue, the Festival continues with food, music and more.  Food will be provided by our sponsors, Taim and Chutney Masala, along with various restaurants in the Rivertowns. 

The fair/festival does not stand alone. It is an extension of the focus on diversity, equity and inclusion that Hastings has invested in over several years. “We go deep with our students to unearth biases and assumptions by examining the hard questions about our shared history through a fresh lens,” said Mateo-Toledo, teacher and one of the originators of the ground-breaking Courageous Conversations curriculum offered to Farragut Middle School students in Hastings. As one of the first districts in the nation to build curriculum around racial literacy at the middle school level, in a predominantly white school district, Hastings has been sought out by many school districts for ideas on how to continue this important work.