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Houston LibroFEST Kicks Off Hispanic Heritage Month at the Houston Public Library

What: Houston LibroFEST is a book and arts festival for the general public that highlights Hispanic writers and showcases the vibrant culture of the Latino community through storytelling, crafts and performances for children and adults.

Meet and greet featured authors include Gwendolyn Zepeda, Claudia Kolker, Javier O. Huerta, and Sarah Cortez. Stop by exhibitors’ tables and discover what’s new at the Houston Public Library, Arte Público Press, Casa Ramírez, “Literal” magazine, MECA, Nuestra Palabra, Society for the Performing Arts and Writers in the Schools (WITS). This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.hosutonlibrry.org/librofest or call 832-393-1313.

When: Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 11AM – 4PM

Where: Houston Public Library, Central Library Plaza, 500 McKinney, 77002, 832-393-1313

Houston LibroFEST Lineup:

11:15 AM: Performance on the plaza by Franklin Elementary Ballet Folklórico

11:45 AM: Bilingual story time with Gwendolyn Zepeda

12:15 PM: Puppet Pizzaz show for kids in the Julia Ideson Auditorium!

12:30 PM: Poetry readings by Javier Huerta & Sarah Cortez

1:15 PM: Mariachi performances by Patrick Henry Middle School and Sam Houston Math, Science & Technology Center

1:45 PM: Writer in the Schools (WITS) Workshop in the Central Library (1st floor Gallery area)

1:45 PM: Claudia Kolker talks about “The Immigrant Advantage”

2:15 PM: Gwendolyn Zepeda reads from her new novel, “Better with You Here”

2:40 PM: Bilingual show by Happy the Clown!

3:00 PM: “Reading and Voting: Keys to a Sustainable Democracy”

A multimedia presentation by Nuestra Palabra’s Liana Lopez about literature’s relationship to civic engagement examples pulled straight from current news headlines (Julia Ideson Auditorium).

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials, and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7. For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.
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Contact:
Sandra Fernandez
Manager of Public Relations
Houston Public Library
832.393.1381; cell 713.435.9448
sandra.fernandez@houstontx.gov

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