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NMSU Library program to feature children's literature

The New Mexico State University Library will present a program featuring specialists in children's literature from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 23, on the second floor of the Zuhl Library.


The event will feature a panel discussion by El Paso author Benjamin Alire Saenz, Las Cruces illustrator Flo Hosa Dougherty and NMSU languages and linguistics professor Cecilia Pino.

The free public event is part of the NMSU Library's annual celebration of El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day). It is funded by a grant from NMSU's Southwest and Border Cultures Institute.

The program was organized by Humanities Librarian Mardi Mahaffy and Irene Shown of the library's reference staff. Shown is the immediate past president of the state chapter of REFORMA, a national association that promotes library services to Latinos and Spanish-speakers.

"Our invited guests will address how Southwestern culture is reflected in children's literature, the unique aspects of writing or illustrating for children and issues related to bilingual literacy in education," said Mahaffy.

Books will be available for purchase and a book signing will follow the program.

El Dia do los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros was founded by Pat Mora, the author of "Tomas and the Library Lady" and other children's books. The day's purpose is to celebrate children, families, culture and reading - especially in diverse and bilingual communities.

For more information, call Mahaffy at (505) 646-6925 or Shown at (505) 646-4129.