UTPA books-arts Festival Touts 'Literacy and Justice for All'

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POSTED: Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 12:07pm

UPDATED: Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 12:09pm

EDINBURG - Every year around this time, children from across the valley meet real authors and receive free autographed books from them. This special and exciting opportunity is carried out in several elementary schools thanks to UT Pan American's Festival of International Books and Arts known as Festiba. Now in it's seventh year, this week-long celebration of the arts and humanities collaborates with cities, public schools, businesses and non profit organizations like the Texas Book Festival and the South Texas Literacy and what is being done to address the problem. It's also about making reading material accessible to young people.

This year's festival which kicks of march 26 and runs through march 31st renowned authors will again visit schools and distribute books. Valley librarians will hear from a congressional roundtable on Hispanic Literacy and actor Tony Plana of the former ABC series Ugly Betty and Co-Founder of Eastla Classic Theater will speak to students and other groups. Also, visitors will have an apportunity to enjoy poetry readings, lectures, art exhibits, and presentations in dance, theater and film. Festiba will also feature musical concerts by award winning groups a Mariachi Competition and new conference that will focus on music on the border which is new this year.

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