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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Carol Green helps youngsters sort through all of the decorations that might be put on a mask.

Carol Green helps youngsters sort through all of the decorations that might be put on a mask. LOUISE KRAFFT

— Clifford, the Big Red Dog, was out on the playground at Patrick Henry Elementary School greeting the children as they arrived for the community reading festival on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 29.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, Arlington County youth service librarian Desiree Fairozz started off the read-aloud with “What Can You Do with a Rebozo?” by Carmen Tafalla and Amy Cordova:

“What can you do with a rebozo?

… Mama spreads it like a butterfly to pretty up her dress for Sunday morning ...

or wraps it into a cozy cradle for baby brother, so her hands are free ... to weave a braid for me!

Baby brother ducks under a rebozo to play hide-and-seek!

And do a peekaboo peek!

Big sister twirls a rebozo ‘round and ‘round

and ropes it through her shiny hair …”

Reading Connection volunteers invited the visiting children to join them in making birds and feathered masks, cut-paper hangings, coyote and wolf masks for a special reading of “Isabel and the Hungry Coyote” and more.

The Fall Community Reading festival was sponsored by Arlington Kids Read, a joint initiative of the Reading Connection and Arlington Magazine. The signature sponsor of the event was the Verizon Foundation. Information about the Reading Connection and future Arlington Kids Read activities may be found at www.arlingtonkidsread.org.