April 17, 2014
The New Mexico State University Library will celebrate Día de los Ninos/Día de los Libros, or Childrens Day/Book Day, at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, with a free public program featuring native New Mexican author Cristina Ortega.
Ortega will read from her childrens books at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave. Each child in attendance will receive a free book while supplies last.
Ortega was born and raised in New Mexico and taught first grade for 26 years in Albuquerque. She has published two books, The Eyes of a Weaver and The Key to Grandpas House. Both books are based on her time spent in northern New Mexico with her grandfather, a master weaver from Chimayo, and other family members.
Each book has a sprinkling of Spanish phrases and words, plus a glossary for translation. The stories reflect the Ortega familys unique Hispanic traditions along with first-hand accounts of the authors grandpa, Juan Melquiades, as he taught her how to weave Chimayo designs on his handmade loom.
Día de los Ninos/Día de los Libros was founded by Pat Mora, an award-winning Latina author of poetry, nonfiction and childrens books. Mora was born in El Paso, Texas, and currently resides in Santa Fe. Día is a nationally recognized program that nurtures cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a childs home language and culture.
The NMSU Library’s celebration is funded by a grant from NMSUs Southwest and Border Cultures Institute, and is co-sponsored by the NMSU Library and the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library.