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Third annual Borderlands Early Literacy Day set with keynote speaker Gary Soto

The New Mexico State University Department of Curriculum and Instruction along with La Vida Institute, the Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and Lakeshore Learning Materials will sponsor the third annual Borderlands Early Literacy Day from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 17, at NMSU's O'Donnell Hall.


Educators, faculty, students, early childhood professionals and parents are invited to attend this year's event with its theme of, Hearing the Voices of All Children: Revaluing Early Literacy, with keynote speaker Gary Soto presenting his lecture, "This is Where You Are: A California Writer."

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and Soto will speak at 9 a.m. There will be a book signing and exhibitor's showcase from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. followed by concurrent sessions until noon.

Soto, a professor of creative writing at the University of California-Riverside, is known for his narrative poems and children's books like "Chato Goes Cruisin'," "If the Shoe Fits," "Too Many Tamales" and others. Soto has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. He received the 1993 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Film Excellence for the film "The Pool Party." He has received the Literature Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the Author-Illustrator Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association and the PEN Center West Book Award for Petty Crimes.

On-site registration will be $25, but those who plan to attend can preregister before April 9 for $20.

For more information on the event or how to preregister, contact Michelle Saenz, Alliance Program Coordinator at (575) 646-1348 or micsaenz@nmsu.edu.