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Alhambra Latino Association, LA librería and 123 Andrés Bring Spanish Music and Reading to SGV

  • Andrés, half of 123 Andrés, performs at San Gabriel High School. Photo by Helen Arase

  • LA librería co-hosted the book fair, arts-and-crafts and music event. Photo by Helen Arase

  • Children were given the opportunity to decorate their own button pins. Photo by Helen Arase

  • A manual machine allowed kids to press their own button pins' hardware. Photo by Helen Arase

  • Photo by Helen Arase

  • Photo by Helen Arase

  • Photo by Helen Arase

  • Alhambra Source Community Outreach Manager Dominic Tovar passes out bookmarks to book fair attendees. Photo by Helen Arase

  • Before the performance, families sat down for a Spanish-language storytime. Photo by Helen Arase

  • Photo by Helen Arase

  • Christina, half of 123 Andrés, dances with families at San Gabriel High School. Photo by Helen Arase


San Gabriel , CA

In the San Gabriel High School auditorium, children and their families were singing and dancing; raising and lowering their hands with the performers. Instead of calling out, “Up, down!” last Saturday morning’s cheer sounds like, “Arriba, abajo!” What looks like a standard book fair and arts-and-crafts event is actually a Spanish children’s literature pop-up opportunity. The Alhambra Latino Association co-hosted the celebration with LA librería, an organization that brings Spanish-language children’s book fairs and cultural activities to L.A.-area schools. 123 Andrés – pronounced uno, dos, tres, Andrés – performed in Spanish and English, encouraging audience engagement throughout the performance.

Click through our gallery to experience the fun event.

For more information about LA librería, visit their website here. For information about the Alhambra Latino Association, visit their site here. ALA is also taking scholarship applications; get more info on this page. For information about the performers, go to 123 Andrés’ website here.

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