celebrating citrus

Women greet travelers with citrus at the Southern Pacific Depot in Redlands in the late 1920's. 

A.K. Smiley Public Library will celebrate the citrus heritage that put the Inland Empire on the forefront of California’s citrus boom at the 8th annual Library Days from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4.

“Celebrate Citrus” will include historical presentations, exhibitions, and films, as well as activities for the whole family and a citrus tasting station hosted by the California Citrus State Historic Park. Festivities will take place in Smiley Library’s Assembly Room, Heritage Room, and Smiley Park.

Made possible through a generous grant from Esri, Library Days explores a different theme each year and provides the community with an opportunity to explore the Library and learn something new about Redlands. “The significance of the citrus industry in Redlands’ history is still visible throughout the city,” said Associate Archivist Maria Carrillo.

“Library Days is the perfect opportunity to invite Redlanders to help celebrate that heritage.” As an added bonus, the first 400 participants in a Library Days activity will be treated to a free lunch from the In-N-Out truck courtesy of Smiley Library. Library Days is free and open to the public. For more information, visit akspl.org or call (909) 798-7565.