Date: April 8, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492, email@example.com
The NMSU Library is sponsoring a children’s program with award-winning author Benjamin Alire Saenz on Saturday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m. at the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library. The program is free and open to the public.
Saenz, the author of the bilingual children’s book The Dog Who Loved Tortillas/La Perrita Que Le Encantaban Las Tortillas, will be doing a reading. Children who attend will receive a free copy of the book while supplies last. The Dog Who Loved Tortillas is part of Saenz’s “Little Diego” series along with his earlier best-selling title A Gift from Papa Diego.
A native New Mexican, Saenz teaches at the University of Texas at El Paso. He is a respected novelist and poet as well as an author of books for young adults and children. His books have won the 2008 Paterson Book Prize for Best Children’s Book, the 2008 Austin Public Library Best Children’s Book of the Year, the 2008 Kirkus Review Best Children’s Book of the Year, the 2009 Tomas Rivera Book Award, the 2008 Southwest Book Award (Border Area Librarians Association), the 2008 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books for Teens Award and the 2008 New York Public Library “Stuff for the Teen” Award. His first book of poetry, Calendar of Dust, written when he studied at Stanford University with Denise Levertov, won an American Book Award in 1992.
The program, organized by Humanities Librarian Mardi Mahaffy and Education Librarian Sarah Baker, is part of the NMSU Library’s annual celebration of the national El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). The program is funded by a grant from NMSU’s Southwest and Border Cultures Institute.
El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros was founded by Pat Mora in 1997. The day’s purpose is to celebrate children, families, reading and multiculturalism.
For more information, contact Mahaffy at (575) 646-6925 or Baker at (575) 646-6087.