The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library announces plans for the sixth annual International Book Discussion between the Oxford School of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, and St. Matthew’s Episcopal School of Edinburg. This event is part of the Festival of International Books & Arts (FESTIBA) brought to the community through a partnership with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Each year, the library and schools choose a book for the discussion. Under the direction of their teachers, students will then discuss the book on March 2, when they meet face-to-face at the Edinburg library. They will also get to participate in fun ice-breaker activities and a game based on the novel that will involve gathering clues and solving a mystery.

This year’s book selection is “The Smoking Mirror” by local author David Bowles. The novel, a Pura Belpré Honor Book, is the first book in the Garza Twins saga and deals heavily with Latino culture and myth. Bowles will be present during the book discussion to answer questions the students may have about the novel and his writing process.

For more information about this event or any other children’s programs contact Cristina Cruz at 956-383-6246 or visit www.edinburglibrary.us.

Recognized for Excellence Again

Edinburg’s Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library has done it again. For the seventh year in a row, the library has been given the Award of Excellence by the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association.

The award is open to all Texas Municipal Library Directors Association (TMLDA) members and the library they represent.

Recipients must meet 10 areas of criteria to be considered for the award, including a summer reading program; services for the underserved populations; cultural educational programming; literacy services; and partnerships with local schools.

TMLDA, an affiliate of the Texas Municipal League, was established in 1966. The association’s goal is to promote the public library profession, improve how library services are provided, and to maintain high standards of professional ethics.

Of the 548 public library systems in Texas, only 43 received the award this year. The City of Edinburg thanks the staff for providing quality services and programs for the continued education and personal enrichment of everyone who visits the facility. Congratulations to the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library for once again being named a recipient of the Achievement of Library Excellence Award.

Chair Yoga and Relaxation at March 6th 12:00 p.m. Event

Chair Yoga is perfect for seniors, office workers and anyone who finds it difficult to sit on the floor. Tofamiliarize the public with Chair Yoga, the Friends of the Edinburg Public Library will host a March 6th, 12:00-1:00 p.m. presentation focusing on this gentle form of yoga.

Studies show that yoga can improve your balance, your breathing, your sense of self and your overall health. Chair Yoga allows you to perform most yoga postures, breathing techniques, and relaxation techniques from a chair. The safe and gentle movements help promote flexibility, strength, and balance for those who are not able to perform those “pretzel-like" yoga positions.

Monday, March 6, yoga instructor, Irma Burr founder of Colibri Discoveries, will inform attendees about the benefits of Chair Yoga. She will also guide audience members through some basic Chair Yoga movements while incorporating the breathing and mind-body benefits of a traditional yoga class. Irma Burr received her first yoga certification in 2003. She is certified in Integrative Yoga Therapy and Trauma Sensitive Yoga Certification. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance.

The Friends of the Edinburg Public Library welcomes everyone to this event. The focus will be on what attendees can do comfortably and safely. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing if they choose to participate in the event.

Contact persons: Sandy Riojas, (401) 865-9846 and Omero Morales, (956) 383-6246