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THE BOOK TRUCK PREPARES TO VISIT AREA NEIGHBORHOODS

August 28, 2015

THE BOOK TRUCK PREPARES TO VISIT AREA NEIGHBORHOODS
CHULA VISTA -- A well-known publisher based in Chula Vista is preparing to unveil a new project this weekend to help many area families read more books.
 
The new library on wheels also celebrates the rich Hispanic culture.
 
From principals and parents to children, books published by Fondo de Cultura Economica have made a big impact on people around the world.
 
"When we go meet them, we say ‘Let’s read in Spanish," said Alan Miranda of Fondo de Cultura Economica.
 
After 20 years of distributing literature around the country, the publishing company is rolling out a new way to get more books into the hands of even more children and adults. It's called the Book Truck.
 
"We want this to become an emblem of the Hispanic culture. We will showcase our books, out titles and we will have some activities for the children to enjoy and start learning and incorporating the habitat of reading," said Miranda.
 
The new mobile library is similar to an ice-cream truck.  The vehicle is designed to carry about 5,000 books in its custom-made shelves.
 
Leaders with the publishing company are focused on providing books to people in every possible outdoor environment such as schools, parking lots, and at special city and county events.
 
"It's the first time that we're going to have a truck, authentic literature for Hispanic people," said Dorina Razo, general manager of Fondo de Cultura Economica.
 
The mission of the book truck is for children and people of all ages and ethnicities to learn the value of the second largest language in the U.S., Spanish
 
“Many parents in San Diego approached us and asked for literature in Spanish because they want to have their children preserving their first language," she said.
 
The book truck will roll out at Ruocco Park Saturday and there are plans for it to visit other communities in the coming weeks.

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