Edinburg to Host 11th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony
May
25
10:00 AM10:00

Edinburg to Host 11th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony

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Edinburg, Texas–The City of Edinburg and the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library invite the community to the 11th Annual Commemorative Memorial Day Ceremony scheduled for Friday, May 25, at 10:00 a.m. 

The ceremony will include the reading of names of all service men from Edinburg who lost their lives in wars starting with World War I.  Families of the most recent fallen heroes as well as of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients, Sgt. Alfredo “Freddy” Gonzalez and Pvt. Pedro Cano will be present. The melancholy sounds of “Taps” will be followed by the placement of a wreath in front of the library’s “Forever in Our Hearts” Wall of Honor by America’s Last Patrol. 

Letty Leija, Director of Library and Cultural Arts, invites the community to this very moving ceremony. “It is important that we continue to remember and honor our Fallen Heroes and never forget their sacrifice for it is through their bravery that we continue to enjoy our freedom.”

We would like to thank the families of our fallen heroes for their presence at our annual event and to HEB for their generous annual donation to this event.

So, please make sure to join us as we remember our fallen heroes and thank their families for their great sacrifice.

For more information about this event, call the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library at 956-383-6246.

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ART_oLoGY 1.2
May
24
6:00 PM18:00

ART_oLoGY 1.2

Artology 1.2 was created with the everyday adult in mind. Our mission is to provide a supportive and fun environment in approach to the creation of art work. ART_oLoGy courses are ideal for those who wish to express their artistic abilities in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. Classes are taught by artist Jose Suarez. ART_oLoGY 1.2 is the same as ART_oLoGY Painting but meant to provide additional seating when the ART_oLoGY Painting class reaches capacity.

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ART_oLoGY Drawing
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

ART_oLoGY Drawing

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ART_oLoGy Drawing was designed for the artistic adult individual. Our mission is to further develop artistic literacy by providing a progressively educational approach to the formation of art. Through the use of varying art media and innovative academic techniques, this ART_oLoGy program aims to expand basic knowledge of artistic fundamentals. The class is taught by Cultural Arts Manager, Magdiel Castle

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ART_oLoGY Painting
May
22
6:00 PM18:00

ART_oLoGY Painting

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ART_oLoGy Painting and  Artology 1.2 were created with the everyday adult in mind. Our mission is to provide a supportive and fun environment in approach to the creation of art work. ART_oLoGy courses are ideal for those who wish to express their artistic abilities in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. Classes are taught by Cultural Arts Manager, Magdiel Castle.

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Cenzontle Mockingbird Author Reception
May
19
1:00 PM13:00

Cenzontle Mockingbird Author Reception

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Meet author Daniel García Ordaz at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library.  García will be promoting his book Cenzontle/Mockingbird: Songs of Empowerment. This is a code-switching collection of diverse poetic forms, styles, and personas, celebrating the dynamics of the human voice and spirit. The author encourages readers to perform the text aloud -- such as his adaptation of a scene from Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" -- as a polyglottic exhibition of empowerment through performance. This volume is influenced by, and dedicated to, the memories of Maya Angelou and Gloria E. Anzaldúa.

The book presentation and signing are scheduled to take place at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Daniel García Ordaz is the founder of the Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival, and is the author of You Know What I’m Sayin’? (El Zarape Press, 2006). His focus is on the power of language, which he celebrates in his writings and talks. In April 2017, García defended his thesis, Cenzontle/Mockingbird: Empowerment Through Mimicry, to complete his terminal degree, an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. Over the years, he has edited several books and anthologies, such as Twenty: In Memoriam, a response by poets across the U.S. to the Sandy Hook shootings.

García is a teacher and writer, and an emerging voice in American, Mexican-American, Chicano, and Latino poetry. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, academic collections, and anthologies. He was born in Houston in 1971 and raised in Mission, TX. His publishing experience includes editing and book cover design credits.

García is also a songwriter, former newspaper journalist, and word-maker-upper. He was one of five authors -- and the only poet -- chosen to participate in the Texas Latino Voices project in 2009 by the Texas Center for the Book, the state affiliate of the Library of Congress. He has been a featured reader and guest at numerous literary events, including the Dallas International Book Fair, McAllen Book Festival, Texas Library Association events, TAIR, TABE, and Border Book Bash.

García also served in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The University of Texas-Pan American. He lives in the Rio Grande Valley of deep South Texas with his wife, Gina, and their children, and he continues to teach, write, sing, and spend time in front of a crowd as often as he can.

For more information on this event, contact Raul Martinez at 956-383-6246.  The library is located at 1906 South Closner Boulevard in front of the historic Echo Hotel.

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Healing Nature - Artist exhibit by Sylvia V. Garcia
May
17
6:00 PM18:00

Healing Nature - Artist exhibit by Sylvia V. Garcia

Join us for an artist reception and gallery talk on Thursday, May 17th at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be available.

Sylvia V. Garcia is a South Texas artist who graduated from UTRGV with a degree in Studio Art. She has always been fascinated by the creation of art in both Drawing and Painting. Over the course of her life, many obstacles, and grief periods, she has refined her artistic depictions of her Mexican Culture and legends associated with them. Garcia's work has recurring women, fragments of being, nature and symbolism in her work as well as a portrayal of symbolic experimentation of nature and the human form.

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The work by Garcia consists primarily of acrylics, inks, and oils but often experiments with plastic and printmaking techniques to create textures on many of her pieces. She enjoys conveying the essence of healing, thought-provoking and coping allegorical abstract thought. Some of her influences are Remedios Varo. Leonora Carrington, Salvador Dali, Casper D. Friedrich, Thomas Cole, and William Blake.

Sylvia's work has been exhibited in various RGV galleries as well as Chicago. Currently, she is a dedicated charity-contributing artist to organizations that raise awareness and funds for autism and organ donation.

Garcia's exhibit is on display at the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library from May 2nd to June 1st with the reception and gallery talk on May 17th. For more information on this or other events, please contact the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library at 956-383-6246

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First Annual Edinburg Music Fest
May
12
to May 13

First Annual Edinburg Music Fest

Edinburg, Texas - The City of Edinburg invites the public to the 1st Annual Edinburg Music Fest to be held on Friday, May 12th, 2018 from 4 p.m. - 12 a.m. At the corner of 8th and McIntyre, east of the Edinburg City Hall-. in Edinburg.

 

The festival will aim to celebrate various genres of music through the many musical acts, special guest appearances, and exhibits that take place during the event. The Edinburg Music Fest will revitalize and bring forth one of Edinburg’s hidden jewels, the Tejano Walk of Fame and revitalize it into the Music Walk of Fame. This year, the festival kicks off with Tejano/Conjunto music with headliners Jaime y Los Chamacos. The festival will also feature: Conjunto Delta Boyz, Lazaro Perez y su Conjunto, Ruben de La Cruz y su Conjunto, Los Garcia Brothers, Gilberto Garcia Jr. Y Los Dos Gilbertos, and Lucky Joe.

This year, the Edinburg Music Fest will not induct any new stars into the walk of fame, but rather will use proceeds generated to continue the festival and induct new stars into the Music Walk of Fame starting in 2019. Admission to the festival is $5. Tickets are available at the Edinburg Library and at edinburgmusicfest.eventbrite.com. Admission will be free between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their dancing boots and lawn chairs; food vendors will be available, no outside food or drink will be allowed. The City of Edinburg’s Cultural Arts Division is partnering up with the RGV Food Bank; a portion of the beer proceeds will benefit the Food Bank; cash sales only, an ATM will be on site for anyone who needs it. Come have fun and enjoy a pre-mother’s day celebration or a night with the compadres all while not only helping the festival grow but also helping the RGV Food Bank.

The annual Edinburg Music Fest is organized by the Cultural Arts Division of the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library.  For more information on this or any other cultural event, please call Cultural Arts Manager, Magdiel Castle at 956-383-6246 or email him at Magdiel@edinburglibrary.us. Everyone is invited to take part in this Community Festival; for an up-to-date schedule of this and other events, please visit the cultural arts website at www.edinburgarts.com

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Cinco De Mayo 2018
May
4
6:00 PM18:00

Cinco De Mayo 2018

Edinburg, Texas - The City of Edinburg and the Consulate of Mexico in McAllen invite the public to the 7th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration to be held on Friday, May 4th, 2018 from 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. at the Edinburg City Hall Courtyard located at 415 W. University Dr. in Edinburg.

Each year, the festival aims to celebrate the beautiful Mexican art and culture through the many entertaining and educational activities, special guest appearances, and art exhibits that take place during the event.  This year, activities will include an Artisan Mercado, the Photography Exhibit, Traditional Dress Fashion Show, Folklorico Presentations, Cinco de Mayo Conference Talk, Children’s Clown presentation with games, prizes, and balloon animals, Mariachi Exhibitions, art displays, regional cuisine, and music by Grupo Internacional Constelacion.

This year the Centro Cultural Mexicano en el Valle de Texas joins the celebration and brings a photography exhibit inside the Edinburg City Hall Lobby with a reception starting at 6:30 p.m. and a Conference Presentation on the real history of Cinco de Mayo starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Edinburg Municipal Auditorium.

So, join us for a fun family friendly festival and stay to join us for an opportunity to dance away the night with the lively cumbias of Constelacion.

The Annual Cinco de Mayo festival is organized by the Cultural Arts Division of the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library.  For more information on this or any other cultural event please call Cultural Arts Manager, Magdiel Castle at 956-383-6246 or email him at Magdiel@edinburglibrary.us. Everyone is invited to take part in this Community Festival; for an up to date schedule of this and other events please visit the cultural arts website at www.edinburgarts.com

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Boundless Book and Poetry Festival
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Boundless Book and Poetry Festival

Edinburg Library Hosts Boundless

Book Release and Poetry Festival Kickoff

 

EDINBURG, TX – The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library invites the public to attend the opening reception of the 11th Annual Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival and the book release of Boundless 2018, the anthology for VIPF. The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Friends Meeting Room of the library.

Boundless includes poets from across Texas and the U.S. as well as poets from around the world—and it features a youth section from Valley students. Copies of the anthology will be available for $10 while supplies last.

The Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival was established in 2008. Since its inception, the four-day event that was created by Art That Heals, Inc., in partnership with El Zarape Press, has been held annually the last weekend of April—in celebration of National Poetry Month. 

Come meet 2018 McAllen Laureate Poet Edward Vidaurre, the emcee and director of operations for VIPF. Vidaurre is an emerging voice in the Latino literature and Beat poetry communities. He is the author of four poetry collections, including Chicano Blood Transfusions.

Joining Vidaurre on stage will be featured poets Nathan Brown, Laura Peña, Eddie Vega, and Robin Carstensen, along with several other poets who will read their poems from Boundless 2018—available on Amazon—including Trevor Wainwright, a poet attending from England.

For more information on VIPF, visit www.valleypoetryfest.org or find them on social media.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information on this event, please contact Jose Tamez at 956-383-6246. Or stop by the library located at 1906 South Closner in Edinburg, Texas.

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Citizenship Classes at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Citizenship Classes at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library

Citizenship Classes at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library

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Edinburg, TX: Are you a resident and dream of becoming a U.S. Citizen? Would you like to take the next step in becoming a citizen of the United States? Then be sure and call us or stop by the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library and register for our upcoming U.S. Citizenship classes.

Join us for our four-month citizenship classes which will cover civics and United States history, as well as tips to help you pass the citizenship test. Classes will be taught by Edith Lopez from Uniendo Naciones, Solo Por Servir. These FREE Classes start on April 26, 2018 from 6-8 p.m.

To register or to get more information,  call the library at 383-6245 and ask for Jose or Omero or visit us at 1906 S. Closner Blvd. Edinburg Texas.

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Aztectopia
Apr
26
5:00 PM17:00

Aztectopia

The Consulate of Mexico cordially invites you to another Thursday of culture, on this occasion presenting the illustrated book "Aztectopia" by the Mexican Pedro Larez, who giving a turn to his career as an illustrator, now he writes in an entertaining comic format stories about the Mexica or Aztec gods. The book is primarily directed to teenagers, young adults and adults and is already a success in social media with more than 120,000 followers, positioning itself as one of the most recognized Mexican graphic artists of the moment.

The book “Aztectopia” will be presented by its author, who lives in Mexico and will be visiting the Rio Grande Valley to share his talent among the community.

INFORMATION OF EVENT:

DATE: THURSDAY, APRIL 26.

TIME:  5:00 P.M.

ADDRESS: CONSULATE OF MEXICO IN MCALLEN, TX.

600 S. Broadway Street, McAllen, Texas 78501

Participants: Pedro Larez, author and Consulate of Mexico in McAllen, Tx.

 

 

RSVP will be appreciated at prensamac@sre.gob.mx or 956 686 0243, Ext. 7121.

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Edinburg Library Hosts Book Reception of “Fugaces”-Poetry by Edna Ochoa
Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

Edinburg Library Hosts Book Reception of “Fugaces”-Poetry by Edna Ochoa

Edinburg, Texas–The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library invites the community to the book reception of “Fugaces”, Dr. Edna Ochoa’s latest book. The book release reception will take place on April 24th at the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library at 6 p.m.

Author Edna Ochoa was born in Mexico City. She is the author of the books Shadow for Mirrors, Root Breathing, The Circular Fence, Shreds of Yesterday, Ruins and The Most Effective Method and other short works. She translated into Spanish Zoot Suit by Luis Valdez, The Frog and His Friends Save Humanity by Víctor Villaseñor and The Magic of Mariachi by Steven Schneider. Her poems, stories and theater scripts have been published in various anthologies and magazines, as well as her academic articles. Ochoa is a member of the Asociación Cultural Tepalcate Producciones in Mexico, she also directs theater and teaches creative writing workshops. Ochoa obtained her doctorate in literature from the University of Houston and her bachelor's degree in journalism from the School of Journalism "Carlos Septién García". She is a professor at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.

 The Library hosts a variety of programs through its Cultural Arts Division on a monthly basis to provide creative individuals a space to showcase and share their work and share it with the Edinburg and surrounding communities. The public is invited attend the book reception, Dr. Edna Ochoa will be reading from her book, others involved in the creation of the book will be also be present including Peter Brown, Translator, Ramiro Rodriguez, Editor and Sergio Garcia, book cover artist. Books can be autographed and will be available for sale; the book will also be available for checkout at the Library.

The Edinburg Library is committed to building awareness and appreciation of the arts; artists interested in being considered for exhibition or presentations or for more details on the Fugaces book reception may  contact Magdiel Castle at (956) 383-6246 or visit the Cultural Arts website at www.edinburgarts.com.

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International Speaker Series - Hugo Ramirez Villagomez
Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

International Speaker Series - Hugo Ramirez Villagomez

EDINBURG, TEXAS (March 23, 2018) – The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library is continuing its International Speaker Series, giving people the opportunity to learn more about different cultures that exist in our world.

 

The library will be host University of Texas Rio Grande Valley international student, Hugo Ramirez Villagomez, on Thursday April 19 at 6:00 p.m. Villagomez is from Mexico, but is studying here at UTRGV. He has agreed to come to the library and speak about his culture and experiences.

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Villagomez came to the United States after studying at the Instituto Politécnico Nacional, where he majored in International Business.  He gained experience in economics and international political relationships while working with transnational companies such as MSC and Evergreen, two maritime lines.  The program will include a presentation followed by a question and answer session.

 

The Sekula Memorial Library is located at 1906 South Closner Boulevard in Edinburg, Texas. For more information on this and other programs, please call 956-383-6246. You can also access the library’s website at www.edinburglibrary.us

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Border Cinema
Apr
9
8:00 PM20:00

Border Cinema

EDINBURG, TEXAS (March 15, 2018) – Are you interested in films using the U.S./Mexico border setting? If the answer is yes, then you do not want to miss our upcoming “Scholars for Life” lecture and presentation titled “Film and the Border”, scheduled for Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at the Dustin Sekula Memorial Library. All are encouraged and welcome to attend this very informative free event.

The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library is partnering with Dr. Ed Cameron, Professor of English in the Department of Literatures and Cultural Studies at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, and Dr. Linda Belau, Professor of English in the Department of Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, to host this month’s lecture and presentation. They will present their most recent research on border cinema, focusing on the role of dissent presented in films using the U.S/Mexico border as a setting with specific geo-political importance.

Dr. Belau will focus on John Sayles’s 1996 independent film “Lone Star,” a film set in the imaginary town of Frontera, TX along the border with Mexico. She will illustrate how Sayles’s dramatization of the unique multicultural aspect of border culture is embedded in his presentation of the complex racial history of the region. Dr. Cameron will highlight the “rasquache” (lower class attitude) sensibility embodied in the punk films of Texas filmmaker Jim Mendiola. He will demonstrate how the bicultural sensibility informing the films “Pretty Vacant” (1996) and “Speeder Kills” (2003) helps reveal the repressed sub-cultural dissent unique to South Texas identity.  

Dr. Ed Cameron is the author of “The Psychopathology of the Gothic Romance”, editor of Thomas De Quincey’s gothic novel “Klosterheim”, and author of numerous articles on film, literature, and psychoanalysis. His work has appeared in the journals Cardozo Law Review, Studies in Humanities, Gothic Studies, Mosaic, Diaspora, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Interdisciplinary Humanities, Film & History, and The Journal of Culture and the Unconscious.

Dr. Linda Belau is also a Director of the Film Studies Program at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. She is the editor of “Horror Television in the Age of Consumption: Binging on Fear” (Routledge, 2018), “Topologies of Trauma” (Other Press, 2002), special issue editor for Women Writers (“Psychoanalysis and La Femme”, 2010), special issue editor for Postmodern Culture (“Trauma: Essays on the Limit of Knowledge and Memory”, 2001), and the author of several articles on literary, cultural, and cinema studies.

The Scholars For Life Series encourages library partnerships with local educational institutions by providing access to lifelong learning through lectures and presentations that enhance our lives and the Rio Grande Valley community.

These monthly lectures and presentations will be held monthly through May, free of charge and open to the public. For more information, visit the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library at 1906 S. Closner Blvd. Edinburg, TX, or call (956) 383-6246 and ask for Omero or Clara. The library’s Web site can also be accessed at http://www.edinburg.lib.tx.us/.

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Celebrate National Library Week
Apr
8
to Apr 14

Celebrate National Library Week

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Edinburg, TX – This week, the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead their communities through the transformative services, programs and expertise they offer.

April 8-14 is National Library Week, an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study-they’re also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions.

Libraries of all types have long been evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Diverse groups including elected officials, small business owners and students depend upon libraries and the resources they offer. Resources like e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners and programs for job seekers are just a few ways libraries and librarians are transforming to lead their communities. Community members can also develop their own leadership skills at the library, with endless opportunity to build skills and confidence through resources and programming.

“The library helps lead our community by advocating for widespread access to crucial services and lifelong learning,” said Letty Leija, Library and Cultural Arts Director. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who seek information and access to technologies to improve their quality of life.”

The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library is celebrating National Library Week by providing the following activities:

·         A Family Reading Challenge starting March 19 thru the end of National Library Week April 14. The Family Reading Challenge is designed to promote the love of reading as well as restore family time and create memories. Participants can pick up their challenge card at the Circulation Desk and have until April 14 to complete and return the card for a chance to enter a drawing of a family goodie basket.

·         Visit the library during National Library Week and make it a treasure hunt. Follow the daily clues that will lead you to the hidden treasure and claim your prize. It’s that easy!

·         On Tuesday, April 10 at 6 p.m., parents and teens (grades 6-12) are invited to take part in a special Teen & Parent UFO t-shirt decoration just in time for this year’s UFO Festival and Conference.

·         Wednesday, April 11, at 6 p.m. Children’s Department will be celebrating National Library Week with a puppet show, story time, craft and refreshments. Please join us for a special story time on the rainbow carpet, followed by the literary puppet show, “Snatch A Book”, games, picture op and a book distribution.  We will then be making our way into the meeting room for our bookmark craft and celebratory refreshments.

·         Thursday, April 12, at 6 p.m. University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Professor, Dr. Ed Cameron and Dr. Linda Belau, will be presenting their lecture titled, Film and the Border. They will present their most recent research on border cinema, focusing on the role of dissent presented in films using the Mexico/US border as a setting with specific geo-political importance.

·         Friday, April 13, the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library will be incorporating its annual Out of this World UFO Festival and Conference to this year’s National Library Week Celebration. People can expect to meet and mingle with authors and experts in the subject; such as, Stephen Bassett, world’s best known and most highly respected UFO researcher and Nick Pope, British UFO expert and secret agent who researched and investigated UFOs, alien abductions, crop circles, and strange phenomena.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

For more information, visit the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library at 1906 S. Closner Blvd. Edinburg, Texas, call 956-383-6246 or see the library’s website at www.edinburglibrary.us

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