The McAllen Book Festival returns this Saturday, November 7 from 10:00-5:00! Last year’s event was fantastic and I’m really excited about this year. The official announcement:
The McAllen Book Festival will be held this Saturday, November 7, from 10 AM to 5 PM at McAllen Public Library. (It is the main branch at Nolana and 23rd Streets.) This free festival features acclaimed authors for children and young adults, speaking at the top of each hour, as well as live music, youth activities, vendors, and food trucks all day.
The full schedule is available online.
I’ll be there! Come join me!
This semester, students in READ 6310 were asked to contribute a post to this blog.
By Marco Garza
In the Rio Grande Valley opportunities for struggling readers to make a connection towards reading was primarily left in the hands of the public libraries or the schools. This is what prompted the need for FESTIBA. This festival evolved from the success of HESTEC. HESTEC is a festival held every year by UTPA in an endeavor to promote science and technology careers to the students of the RGV. After its huge success they came up with the idea of creating an effort to promote literacy, the arts and cultural diversity. It first started out as the Festival of International Books and Arts. One of its main focuses was to promote the importance of reading, in an effort to ensure children developed and honed a lifelong love for reading. It also aspired to bring an awareness of the programs available through the Arts and Humanities Department and its goal was to enhance the development of reading in all aspects of a student’s life and education. One of its main goals was to emphasize that reading is the key to success and that through reading children can acquire knowledge and discover new worlds through the pages of a book.
FESTIBA also attempts to provide an array of activities that all incorporate various reading, artistic and cultural activities. The activities include free books being given away to children, puppet shows, poetry reading, musicians, conferences that are geared towards exposing children to different cultural activities and many other activities. In an effort to entice children and their families to the festival, FESTIBA works cooperatively with schools and they present different forms of recognition to the students from Reading Renaissance Millionaire Awards, Artistic Recognition of artists and many others to lure audiences to this important event. RIF or Reading is Fundamental jointly coordinates their efforts with this event by donating thousands of books to be given away. Visiting authors attend and share their stories with the children.
FESTIBA is truly an incredible festival for children to acquire a love of reading, gain an appreciation for art and learn about new cultures. With the help of the University of Texas Pan American Arts and Humanities Department, The South Texas Literacy Coalition and the Reading is Fundamental Program, FESTIBA will continue to prosper every year and will gain major strides in gaining lifelong readers. With FESTIBA recently past, it is an exciting to think of the all new activities that were incorporated this year. FESTIBA took place this year at UTPA, from March 20-23, 2014. The theme of this year’s FESTIBA celebration was “Creating Innovations in Education”.
YA author Diana Lopez will be at the Storybook Garden in Weslaco on September 14 to talk about her new book, Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel. I can’t wait!
The UTPA College of Education is beginning a new professional development series! We’ll have three lectures a year over topics we hope will interest the local educational community. The first one will be by yours truly! I’ll be talking about how we can create and support readers who are capable of far more than just passing a standardized test.
Guadalupe Garcia McCall has written two young adult books, Under the Mesquite Tree and Mariposas, both of which deal with border issues and settings. I highly recommend both!
I just received the following announcement:
Acclaimed author Guadalupe Garcia McCall will give a reading and answer questions about being a writer on Friday, March 22, at 2 PM in ARHU 351. Guadalupe Garcia McCall came to the United States with her family at the age of six and grew up in Eagle Pass, Texas. Her semi-autobiographical verse novel Under the Mesquite (2011) earned the Pura Belpré Award from the American Library Association, among many other honors. The International Reading Association is granting Garcia McCall the Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award. Her newest novel is Summer of the Mariposas (2012). This event is hosted by English 3325, “Children’s and Adolescent Literature,” as part of FESTIBA. Arrive early for pan dulce.
Two literacy-related events coming up!
The Children’s Literacy Festival will be held at McAllen Public Library on February 23 from 12:00-5:00. There will be games, crafts, performances, and free books! Admission is free. Call 956-453-6482 for more information.
The Friends of the Pharr Memorial Library will have a children’s book sale from 10:00-4:00 February 23. Most books will be priced at 25¢. The sale will be at 121 E. Cherokee St. in Pharr.
This Friday there will be a Build-a-Book event from 3:00-6:30 in the Borderlands Room of the College of Education. Bring your children for an opportunity to be creative, write, build and design their very own books! Each child will receive a building kit, and they get to keep a memory of this event forever.
Faculty, students, and community members are welcome to bring their children to this event. All ages welcome, but children five or younger will require parental help.
We will also have a book fair during the Build-a-Book event and continuing on to Saturday, February 11 from 10:00-4:00. There will be children’s literature and young adult books for sale, along with teaching materials.